And the winner is . . .
The jury said about the project:
- Awesome … brilliant job
- leveraging a local event with national implications
- the quality of the final slogan boards were as good if not
- better than a corporate ad agency
- the content worked during election season but also stands up beautifully now, post-election, both in terms of interest and also as a historical snapshot of the thinking of the time
Yard signs are as ubiquitous and familiar to the American political landscape as baby-kissing and stump speeches, combining catchy images and pithy campaign slogans to increase visibility for vying candidates and their partiesâ€™ messages. In honor of this election season, My Yard Our Message turns this tradition of political ephemera on its ear with a unique national competition: weâ€™re putting the message and the creative design for these political yard signs in the hands of artists and thenâ€”in true democratic fashionâ€”you, the people, will vote among the entries to determine a selection of fifty winners, whose designs will be made available to order as full-sized political yard-signs after August 1.
More details about the project and the process of putting it together are here.
My Yard Our Message, a project conceived by Scott Sayre, is produced by the Walker Art Center and mnartists.org in collaboration with The UnConvention.
The UnConvention is a non-partisan collaboration of local and national cultural organizations and citizens, initiated by Northern Lights, exploring the creative intersection of participatory media and participatory democracy. It exists as a counterpoint to the highly scripted and predetermined nature of the contemporary presidential nomination process and conventions.