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Where's the ART?

With all the planned protesting and civil disobedience, I feel I must contribute an idea. Most of what is going on will not remain after the protest sessions end. People have to go home sometime. But what will make a more lasting statement? That's right folks, Public Art. As a form of protest, I advocate all of you to compete to see who can make the Biggest, most Grandiose, and most Prominent public art in Portland.
With all the planned protesting and civil disobedience, I feel I must contribute an idea. Most of what is going on will not remain after the protest sessions end. People have to go home sometime. But what will make a more lasting statement? That's right folks, Public Art.

As a form of protest, I advocate all of you to compete to see who can make the Biggest, most Grandiose, and most Prominent public art in Portland. Team up - there is strength in numbers.

Suggestions:
Art should not permanently alter the area it is placed in (No one wants to be convicted of vandalism). Sidewalk chalk is an ideal medium in my opinion (though the current weather makes chalk a little difficult). A large bucket of 52 big chalk sticks can be had for $5 at Art Media or just about anywhere else. Enormous street murals in major intersections or plazas can be easily made in the dead of night when there is little to no traffic. Other forms of creative display are encouraged as well - installations, performance art, anything you can think of - as long as it is big and public. If you can drape an enormous sign over a prominent billboard, that would be quite impressive, though I should not advocate that, as it could probably get one into a lot of trouble.

On independence day last year my girlfriend and I wrote out the US Bill of Rights on Terry Shrunk Plaza in 6 inch high letters (with a 4 or 5 foot tall title) as a protest to the President's attacks on American liberty. It occupied about 3/4 of the pavement of the plaza. Think above and beyond this scale. Be ambitious. Make the message known - NO WAR!

And of course, post pictures.
Oops 18.Mar.2003 19:12

Androgyne001

Sorry, I made a typo. The Bill of Rights was not in Terry Shrunk Plaza, but in the last of the South Park Blocks, where the rallies have been held.

Another idea 18.Mar.2003 20:13

DIY

Yes, people must go home after the big shows. But don't stop there. STOP CONSUMING MORE THAN YOU NEED. This one act will go farther toward making a positive change in the world than almost any other.

Stop eating meat, start growing and making your own food. Stop driving around aimlessly seeking entertainment. Entertain yourselves. Play games, go for walks, bake, sew, knit, create, garden. STOP BUYING THINGS.

Mend your old clothes. If you MUST get new ones, get them at goodwill. Knit blankets and socks and sweaters and scarves. Make christmas presents, don't buy them. Give people flowers you grew yourself, not things you bought in a store.

Turn off lights and appliances you don't really need. Put on a sweater and turn off the heat. Add a blanket to your bed and leave it off. When it gets hot in the summer, cool off at the river. Forget about AC. There's no excuse for it in Oregon, and it's contributing to the destruction of the environment.

Re-use containers. Don't use plastic wrap, foil, or other "disposable" things. Use jars and bowls with lids and other means of safely storing things.

Don't throw things away, give them away or compost them. But don't just waste them.

Americans are digustingly piggish when it comes to hogging the world's resources. And the people pulling GWBs puppet strings right now are traitors. They are playing on your addiction to things you don't really need, to keep you toiling for them. This is why we're going to war: To supply our ever growing need to consume more and more and more than we need. STOP. DON'T TAKE MORE THAN YOU NEED.