Murals suck, 2007
28 retractable stanchions (13 with red posts and yellow ribbon; 15 with yellow posts and red ribbon)
location: George Stevens Academy, Blue Hill, Maine
In 'Murals suck,' stylized text composed of 28 retractable yellow-and-red stanchions spell out 'Murals suck' adjacent to a concurrent outdoor community arts mural project at George Stevens Academy in Blue Hill, Maine. Because of its scale--12H x 66L feet--the piece can only be read from afar (it was documented from a roof and from an airplane). From the ground, it presents itself as a large interactive drawing, in which passersby can draw lines from stanchion to stanchion by pulling out the ribbon.
Student-initiated, 'Murals suck' was created during a weeklong arts festival at the high school. Aside from the participating students, no one was privy--at least initially--to the actual message. 'Murals suck' recognizes that community projects often represent only a fraction of the whole, and aims to give voice to the rebuffed and the dissenters. This project is a collaboration with Daniel Bouthot.