Monday, October 31, 2011

Occupying Overpasses

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These signs went up in Los Angeles during rush hour on Friday, with at least three of them staying up through the weekend. By the time they all come down they'll have been seen by at least a half a million people - probably more.

The signs were made using cardboard, paint, duct tape and an overhead projector. They took about two hours to make and cost practically nothing. in fact the whole operation was pulled off, start to finish, by one person in one afternoon, for a total cost of about thirteen dollars.

As winter moves in and physical occupation becomes more difficult and less fun, I urge you to consider freeway signposting as a means of keeping your message alive and in the public eye. Cardboard doesn't care if it's freezing.

Next time you're driving down the freeway (or highway/Interstate,) look for places that are easily seen from traffic but not so easily reached. Then paint up some signs, go to those places and post them. It really is that simple. If you want to get a message out to A Whole Lot Of People, that's the way to do it - in terms of sheer numbers, no other form of protest even comes close.

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Monday, October 03, 2011

Occupy Los Angeles

Sign placed October 3rd over Pasadena Freeway by the Tribunes of the People,
Remained for just under four hours.

Occupy Los Angeles

Placed October 14th, duration unknown. This particular overcrossing allows you to simply drop your sign into the space between the ironwork and chain link fence with no more time or effort than it takes to put toast into a toaster.