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. The pieces can be arranged in a circle or along a path, for instance. The pieces are also scalable. The presented image is of stake of 12" x 18" signs which result in 8' installations. An alternate version is comprised of 24" x 36" signs and results in 15' tall installations. Other languages are available.

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