Thursday, October 6, 2011

Artists mark Afghanistan War 10th anniversary with Public Art Project

I received the note below earlier this week from Greg Cook, head of the New England Journal of Aesthetic Research, friend of the Hub Review, and all-around agent provocateur:

To mark the 10th anniversary of the beginning of the U.S. war in Afghanistan on Oct. 7, a group of about ten local artists and collectives will make banners that speak about the decade of fighting and hang them from highway overpasses around greater Boston and Providence (including Newton, Lowell, Gloucester) by 6 p.m. Oct. 6, 2011. The overall aim of the project, which is organized by artist and journalist Greg Cook, is not a protest (though some participating artists plan to hang banners of protest) but to prompt reflection on what it has meant for our country to be at war for 10 years.

Highway overpasses have been selected as the venue because they are a place that can reach hundreds of viewers, but they are also one of the places where we have our public community discussions about our current wars via banners supporting our troops or welcoming them home.

The "press embargo" surrounding the event ended earlier this evening.  We'll be publishing photos and more information regarding the project over the coming day or two.

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