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The Peace Signs

Scott Froschauer's avatar Scott Froschauer

The Peace Signs is an installation of street signs that appear to be standard "No Parking" signs, but in the place of the traditional governmental language the viewer finds "The Peace Poem" by Chinese philosopher Lao Tsu. The installation provides a "blueprint" for world peace by starting with ones self. I have translated the poem into many different languages. By placing the multiple translations in proximity to each other, the piece aims to explore the universality of the "blueprint." There is an effect that the signs have on native speakers who discover a US government sign in their native tongue. It creates a sense of being seen by an entity that might often feel alienating. My installation for ArtPrize 2021 at Grand Rapids City hall consists of 8 towers, each comprised of 5, 24”x36” signs for a total height of 15’ each. I will be prioritizing languages that are spoken in Michigan.

Entry Details
  • Art form: Installation
  • Depth: Variable
  • Medium: Street Signs
  • Width: Variable
  • Year created: 2019
  • Height: Variable