Monday, October 30, 2006
Notice how the addition of cardboard and paint subtly alters the visual impact of this pedestrian overcrossing? In the first photo we see little more than the general outline of bars and fencing illuminated by streetlight, whereas in the second photo the once impartial infrastructure is transformed into a bold political statement, unmistakeable in its sentiment and intent.
The sign measures about eight by eight feet and I made it out of a car parts box I found behind an auto body shop. Because the lettering was so large and the character count so small, tracing and painting didn't take much more than ten or fifteen minutes. Posting was a snap: large enough to stand on its own it didn't require any suspension, so three bungee cords radiating from a hole in the middle to the edges was all it took to hold it securely to the fence. Took less than a minute.
When I saw it from the freeway I started laughing out loud. The size, clarity and sheer audacity of the words, hovering indisputably the way they were over the freeway seemed hilarious somehow...
God I love this job.
Friday, October 27, 2006
"Nobody could've imagined they would've used ladders..." White House Responds
San Diego - Department of Homeland Security Officials reported today that the new, 2.3 Billion Dollar Security Fence had been breached by a thirty five dollar ladder. "We never saw it coming..." one official declared. The ladder, a pair of wooden beams connected by what security officials are terming "rungs", was found this morning, left at what officials believe to be the site of the illegal crossing. During a hastily convened press conference this morning, DHS officials admitted there was no way of knowing how many people may have used the ladder to cross the border illegally. "It could've been one - it could've been a thousand," sighed one official, "It's a goddam ladder, fer chrissakes!"
White House officials responded angrily to charges that the use of ladder technology by those wishing to cross the fence should have been prepared for. "Nobody could have predicted the use of ladders in this situation." declared White House Press Secretary Tony Snow. When questioned by reporters about a Presidential Daily Briefing from July entitled "Mexicans Determined to Use Ladders to Cross Fence", Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice dismissed it as a "historical document" and refused to elaborate, while Donald Rumsfeld was quoted as saying "Did they have a ladder? Well, yes, I suppose so. Did they use it to cross the fence? Possibly. Is it possible they may have more ladders they might try and use again in the future? Goodness Gracious Me-oh-My Heavens-to-Betsy Katie-bar-the-door!"
Americans have become increasingly concerned over the issue of illegal immigration. Jim Gilchrist, one of the founders of the "Minuteman" border watchdog group put it simply: "What they do is they come over here illegally, they get jobs and then they work really hard and raise families. Many of them send money straight back to Mexico to help their parents and other family members survive. It's disgusting, that's what it is. It's disgusting and downright un-American!"
Kellogg, Brown and Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton which was awarded the multi-billion dollar no-bid contract to build the fence, responded to charges they knew in advance it would be worthless against ladders with a brief, terse statement: "We stand by our work one hundred percent and request that the American People simply bend over a bit further and take it."
Despite the barrage of criticism, President Bush remained committed to the fence, saying it had done "a heckuva job..."
Thursday, October 26, 2006
I made this sign out of a mattress box. It measured about seven-by fifteen feet and was visible to all lanes of traffic on the 580 by the Richmond/San Rafael bridge. The sign took less than an hour to make and cost about fifty cents in materials. Using a hammer and nails it took less than a minute to post and stayed up for two days.
(This image should be considered as part of the public domain. Feel free to use it on T-Shirts, bumperstickers, or any other commercial or private endeavour. Go Wild. )