Fortunately for me, Phil’s Street Art Project and a friend of mine’s walk to work intersect at a rather complicated looking road junction over the River Foss and up at Lord Mayor’s Walk, otherwise I would have completely missed Phil’s ducks or “The Ducks” as they are described on his website (http://www.philsstreetartproject.com/the-street-art-duck-gallery.php). The ducks on the railing are visible from quite some distance away; the ducks being yellow and, if I do say so myself, an iconic shape (people have tried to improve the toy duck over the years by adding sunglasses and the like, but I’m a purest and prefer the classic duck). You get another laugh when you see them up close and realise that they are carrying signs; the Sound of Music ducks (above) are actually the last duck’s in the series, so the quote is very fitting.
The second duck of the morning was a lot harder to spot from a distance…
For those ghost sign purest, here is a photograph of the Bile Beans sign without the duck:
You might be interested to know that this sign is featured on the History of Advertising Trust (HAT) website (reference GA00067_P0256_M01 http://www.hatads.org.uk/ads/ghostsigns/12433/8492/Medical–Health).
More information can be found about Phil’s art works on his website: http://www.philsstreetartproject.com/.
I noticed this end-of-terrace when the train from Scarborough was halted at a red signal on the approach to Hull’s Paragon Station back in 2011; the odd one out in a photograph album full of seaside snapshots. I am not entirely sure why these signs appeal to me, but a certain amount of the “ghost signs” charm lies in the beauty of the sign writers art.