See Sri Lanka Through Your Own Eyes (Container Ship), 2014.
Designer: P.J.B. Samarasinghe.
Dimensions: 32 x 21.5 inches including 2cm white border (poster).
Postcard: 7" x 5"/ 18 x 12cm including white border (designer postcard)
From the Stick No Bills™ Retro Posters of Ceylon series.
© Stick No Bills™ (courtesy of The Poster Design Group [UK] Ltd), 35 Church Street, Galle Fort, Sri Lanka, www.sticknobillsonline.com / firstname.lastname@example.org.
When you arrive in Sri Lanka as a foreigner for the first time, from the moment you disembark and queue to go through customs, iconic images are projected at you left right and centre, dictating to you how to perceive the island paradise. Elephants, Kandy Dancers, Stilt Fishermen, Tea Pickers and aerial shots of Adam's Peak all jostle for first place. Then, when you've reached your slice of paradise and unpacked your bags, you paddle out on your board through the warm waves until you get to the deep calm water out back. You sit up, straddling your board and look out at the vast, ominous expanse of the ocean, the sun dazzling you as it starts to set. And then, as you get accustomed to the glistening light, your eyes come to rest on a giant container ship on the far horizon, loaded with throw away plastic commodities, trudging from the Far East to the West. You realise its one of many; that there is a highway out there, one of the busiest supply chains in fact, on planet earth. Plastic going east, oil going west. Over and over again. You turn back to look at the shoreline and all you see is the anonymity of a palm fringed shoreline. From out back you would not know that plastic flowers have reached the shops and gone viral on this most fecund isle. Through your own eyes.