Group show / Public Art
September 26 to October 23, 2011
photos The Billboard Art project
“Miles To” (Chicago) is a series of 31 faux
road signs giving drivers the exact distance from Chicago to various cities of political importance in the Middle East and Africa (Afghanistan, Iraq, Israel, Lebanon, West Bank, Egypt, Iran, Saudi Arabia, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco, Ethiopia, Sudan, Pakistan, Nigeria, Jordan, United Arab Emirates, Syria).
The same towns I’ve made road signs with for the Savannah and the Duluth Billboard Art Project. Each time I recalculate the distances online, it makes each sign specific for each location.
In the midst of the Arab Spring, my intention with the road sign look-alike is to use familiar navigation aids to give people more concrete information about the geo-political world in which we live.
I am very much enjoying continuing the series and seeing the photos taken in a new town and offering a different context and a different perspective each time.
The Billboard Art Project is a nonprofit organization that acquires digital billboards normally used for advertising and re-purposes them as roadside galleries. Projects are held in cities all over the country and are open to all individuals and groups who are interested in participating. Types of work that may be displayed include images created specifically for the billboard as well as images of previously made art adapted to the format. No two Billboard Art Project shows are alike; each city features new work.
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