DIARY: Communique paints creative pictures for the office

Diary reported on Hill & Knowlton's foray into the art world recently. But Manchester-based Communique has gone one better, by becoming artists themselves.

Its Canal Street offices have been refurbished, and the 36 members of Commuique's staff have been hard at work creating a series of 12 canvases to hang on the bare brickwork.

Dressed in forensic suits, they used paint bombs, watering cans and spray guns to create the paintings.

Artist Rupert Griffiths has worked with them to pull the works together, incorporating collages made up of staff signatures and lip imprints.

While other agencies may be tempted to spin stories about painting reflecting the creative aspects of the agency, CEO Paul Carroll raves about the 'feeling of power standing on a 12-foot ladder, throwing a condom filled with white paint at a canvas'.

'It was good fun - everybody had a laugh,' he says.

The actual launch evening turned into something resembling a 1960s 'happening', with a three minute video of agency staff creating their masterpieces replayed over and over. These works are also being incorporated into the company's 2001 desk calendar.

Now staff are left to ponder the meaning of their creations, with one

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