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Toryglen, Glasgow


This council estate in Toryglen, Glasgow, Scotland was the location for the paint spraying Sony Bravia advert, which features huge quantities of paint exploding from the various buildings. The video was directed by Jonathan Glazer and it took 250 people 10 days to film. It also took 60 people 5 days to clean up the mess afterwards.

70,000 litres of paint was sprayed around the estate with the help of over 1400 separate explosions. The paint had to be delivered in 1 tonne trucks and mixed on-site by 20 people. A special kind of non-toxic paint was used that is safe enough to drink (it contains the same thickeners that are sometimes used in soups). It was also completely harmless to the skin.The advert is accompanied by music from Rossini's opera La gazza ladra.

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