A day after Brooklyn protesters marked the anniversary of Michael Brown’s death, Art in Odd Places has announced that signs like the one above are coming to 14th Street. The “Black Lives Matter Street Signs” will be part of the annual public art festival, which this year will bring 40 artists back to reprise versions of their previously featured work. Among the returning pieces are Leah Harper’s compliment vending machine and Tim Thyzel’s “tumbleweed” made from some 50 umbrellas.
The Black Lives Matter signs made an appearance back in May, when Art in Odd Places previewed them at New Museum’s Ideas Festival (the preview also placed “Poverty Line Do Not Cross” tape around the Bowery). They were created by Ghana Think Tank, an organization that ships American problems to think tanks in countries like, yes, Ghana and tries to enact their proposed solutions back home.
The eleventh iteration of AiOP will take place along 14th Street, from Avenue C to the Hudson River, from October 7 to 11, with a reception on October 9 at a yet-to-be-determined location.
No word on whether the Edward Snowden statue will enjoy an encore.