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Protest poster puts Bob in the limelight

A PENSIONER from Dorridge has found his face being used on posters and flyers advertising protests against the G20 summit in London next week.

A PENSIONER from Dorridge has found his face being used on posters and flyers advertising protests against the G20 summit in London next week.

Ninety-year-old Bob Clare, of Grange Road Dorridge, is one of four horsemen of the apocalypse on the poster that has been produced by the G20 Meltdown group, who are organising protests outside the Bank of England and other London locations.

Mr Clare posed as ‘Death’, the final of the four horsemen of the apocalypse, for an exhibition entitled ‘Approaching Apocalypse’ by David Miles, a senior lecturer in Visual Communication at Birmingham City University, that explored the imagery of the Biblical book of Revelation.

Someone then used this image as part of the poster, which also features the Bank of England, without asking permission.

The image of the four horsemen is the intellectual property of David Miles, a resident from Acocks Green, who was fascinated to find his work used.

“I was astonished to see the image, although it is actually very clever,” he said.

“Whoever designed the poster clearly has brains, it is very well designed.”

“I will always allow people to use my images, as long as it is not for profit making purposes, I nearly always say yes, but they must ask first!“To just go ahead and snatch it is unfortunate.”

A spokesman for the G20 Meltdown group said he didn’t know who had designed the poster and agreed the images shouldn’t have been used without asking first.

“We do want to respect the labour of individual people, this work is something we are concerned about it.”

Meanwhile the image of Mr Clare riding a pale horse continues to circulate around London - and the world via the internet.

Like Mr Miles he was interested in the choice of the four horsemen of the apocalypse in the poster.

“The black horse and its rider with a pair of scales in particular spells out all that is happening regarding global warming, rise in population, financial problems of a colossal scale bringing with it poverty and famine. We all need to take note of Revelation 6: 15-17.”

If you want to see Bob as Death in David Miles’ image go to www.approachingapocalypse.com.

 

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