Monday, July 31, 2006
Freewayblogger, I put this up in March on a radio tower at Bagram Airfield, Afghanistan. The command there loved it!
If this guy can climb a radio tower in Afghanistan, you should be able to reach that fencing next to the freeway behind the dumpsters at the mall.
FB - 467
USA - 446
Saturday, July 29, 2006
Thursday, July 27, 2006
I've been following your work for years now, always saying I'd do it myself someday. Got so sick of watching the world go to pieces and doing nothing I finally got off my ass and just did it. You're right, it's easy: Borrowed an overhead projector from my school, slapped some paint on a bike box and voila! the whole thing took less than an hour. Using coathangers and bungees like you suggest, hanging it took less than a minute and it stayed up all afternoon, (though it was gone the next morning.)
Thanks for the inspiration man... You'll be seeing more from me for sure.
-Santa Cruz, California
FB - 467
USA - 445
Monday, July 24, 2006
How To Reach 100,000 People for Under a Dollar
While not quite the cornucopia of semiotic opportunities that Portland is, Seattle has some fine places for signposting. Upon leaving I found that most of the signs I'd put up on my arrival were still standing. Between Portland and Seattle I probably reached over a million drivers over the course of four days. Being very liberal cities, I doubt the text of my messages covered any new territory for motorists, but the fact of them did. When you put a sign up on the freeway it says two things: 1) whatever it says, and 2) someone felt they had the right to put a sign up that says it. If you believe your country is involved in an immoral war, this is not only your right as a citizen, it's your responsibility.
The founding fathers gave us the right to full and unfettered political speech and I'm taking them at their word: I'm allowed to speak out to as many of my fellow citizens as possible, and that includes the freeways. Basically what it boils down to is a question of power and one's willingness to simply take it rather than waiting for someone to formally grant it to you. It's easier to ask forgiveness than permission, and given that you can strike at any time, anyplace, it's highly unlikely you'll find yourself having to ask for either.
FB - 467
USA - 444
Sunday, July 23, 2006
Saturday, July 22, 2006
Roadside sawhorses on divided highways are probably the easiest (for you) and most maddening (for them) postings of the lot. Simply pull over, clip sign to back of sawhorse with binder clip and drive off. Depending on the frequency of exits, reaching your sign could require dozens of miles of driving for those who'd want to take it down.
This is how you attach large signs to retaining walls: with rocks. (Noting the Obvious: These postings are meant for retaining walls set back from lanes by greenbelt/open space, NOT directly over traffic.)
Friday, July 21, 2006
"A time comes when silence is betrayal. Some of us who have already begun to break the silence of the night have found that the calling to speak is often a vocation of agony, but we must speak. We must speak out with all the humility that is appropriate to our limited vision, but we must speak." -MLK
FB - 458
USA - 444
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Monday, July 17, 2006
Portland is amazing: a freewayblogger’s paradise. The freeways are like spaghetti: twisting and weaving through mountains and forests, with ramps and flyaways braiding and unbraiding into massive bridges, corridors and superstructures. There’s fencing everywhere, lining and overlooking practically every one of the hundreds of miles of freeway. If I lived here you wouldn’t be able to drive anywhere – Anywhere – without seeing signs against the war.
In just three hours of freewayblogging I was able to hit four major freeways, each direction, and saw that all but one of the signs I’d put up yesterday were still standing. Most all of the signs from yesterday and today were highly visible, so if you were driving in Portland this weekend there’s a good chance you saw my work.
Two or three freewaybloggers in Portland, that’s all it would take to reach damn near every driver in this town. Every day.
Meetup in Seattle.
FB - 448
USA - 412