Democracy Garden: Turning political yard signs into personal action steps to animate democracy
Democracy (is an action verb)
After the election on November 6th, 2018, Cortada encouraged neighbors to take the partisan political yard signs from their front lawns and paint them with paint that converts the surface into a chalkboard. “Transform those old political signs into messages announcing their personal action steps to build a more perfect Union. Using chalk, write what you commit to doing – now that the election is behind you– to continue to activate our democracy.”
Five days later, on Sunday, November 11th, from 10am to noon (during the Pinecrest Gardens Farmer’s Market), Cortada invited community members to bring their converted political yard signs with them to his Pinecrest Gardens studio.
There were blank chalkboard signs in the studio for participants to activate with the help of FIU Honors College students.
“Our contribution to this democracy doesn’t end on election day. The democratic process continues day after day in our words and deeds through the entire year.”
“Democracy Garden” took two similar earlier pieces as a point of departure:
Xavier Cortada, “Peace (is an action verb),” chalk on blackboard, 10″ x 8″, 2006
Xavier Cortada, “Justice (is an action verb),” chalk on blackboard, 10″ x 8″, 2006