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25 October 2010

Troubled waters

the picture department
Graphic design
New media

Anthony Burrill designs a poster that’s screenprinted with oil from the BP spill

Anthony Burrill has made a new series of limited-edition posters, printed in BP oil from the ecological disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Profits go to the ‘Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana’. The oil was collected direct from the polluted beaches of Grand Isle, Louisiana.

Oil & Water


The project was devised by Karen Corrigan and Grégory Titeca of branding agency Happiness Brussels. The poster is a typically Burrill-like statement of fact: ‘Oil & Water Do Not Mix.’ They were screen printed by hand in New Orleans (below) …



… and signed by Burrill (below).

Oil & Water

Burrill comments: ‘There is a perception among many people that the oil in the Gulf of Mexico is just going to somehow disappear … For people in the Gulf, including Louisiana, the effects of this disaster will be around for a long time.’

The 200 signed posters are to be sold online at All profits will go towards funding the work of the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana in the Gulf, a voluntary organisation (est. 1988) set up to restore and protect the coast and wetlands of the Louisiana regions in the Gulf of Mexico. For further information please visit

Read ‘Over the rainbow’, our profile of Anthony Burrill in Eye 75 (below).

EYE 75 cover

Burrill’s own website is

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