A guide to all the signs dotting the D.C. streetscape

What do these little bits of art really do? They may never think much of it themselves, but they get noticed. And while only some will be seen by the local community, others become…

A guide to all the signs dotting the D.C. streetscape

What do these little bits of art really do? They may never think much of it themselves, but they get noticed. And while only some will be seen by the local community, others become art in their own right.

What kind of criticism is made of these markers, not only by the people who put them up but by people who see them? Some criticize for being a promotion of prostitution. Others speak out to say that they have full the opinion of a person of color, in spite of not realizing the person is of another ethnicity. They claim that it does not represent anything of the real world, but the designer of the sign apparently had other intentions. Some say the design of the art is barely an acceptable symbol for protest. Others say that because signs are new, they should be treated with a certain amount of respect. Others argue that the signs should not be used in criminal activity, as they represent the ideas of violence. Some are even completely outraged that signs with no racial overtones exist at all. Some choose to ignore the race of the people who created the signs, and even the race of the people that might actually see them.

Signs that celebrate street art are not unusual, but to my knowledge, they have never been as designed to be seen and picked apart. Whatever the exact intention, it might not be such a bad idea to consider how these signs get used. Even if they’re being used for the wrong purposes, at least they have the potential to bring about some discussion. It is certainly nice to be able to take pride in the design of your community without trying to use it as an opportunity to be offensive.

Sources: Lake Barrington Park District

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