The writing was everywhere but on the wall--on
posters, and sidewalk giveaways. Instead of writing, the unveiling ceremony
at Seattle RE Store
revealed an earth goddess
mural meant to
be a sign to Ballard that sustainable practices are not only possible but
essential to the future health of the city.
In the morning I finally cut a screen of THANK
YOU FOR NOT DRIVING, an image which is
taking on a life
of its own. After seeing it in
Taylor of Bristol England made stickers of it then successfully petitioned
his town council to produce durable signs and post them in public places,
particularly where children are present.
I brought the new screen to the RE Store along with
older designs and spent 2 action-packed hours running ink onto shirts
for dozens of people--mostly kids who I was happy to see were really into
the carfree message.
Later in the day on the way to a going away party, Sarah and I saw a series
of handlettered photocopies asking questions and calling for action. I really
admire such simple initiatives. There's so much commercial dreck out there
that it's great to see an urgent individual statement.
America was once known as the land of the free. While this might
no longer apply to speech (if it ever did),
there are still plenty of cast-off goods to be found in the streets.