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I was delighted and captivated by this ingenious installation, funded by the Canadian Government, as we crossed the border from Canada into the USA.
Billboard Design Thinks Outside the Box
[...] A site specific artwork referencing a full-scale highway billboard installed to accompany an expanded US border inspection & customs station along interstate 5 in Blaine, Washington. Borrowing the effectiveness of billboards to redirect attention away from the landscape at-large, this permanently open aperture between nations works to frame nothing more than a clear view of the changing atmospheric conditions beyond – refocusing attention away from the man made environment and altering the presumed functions of signage in general.
“non-sign II’ is an installation by seattle based art collective lead
pencil studio located at the [C]anada-US border
near vancouver. the sculpture is made from small stainless steel rods that are assembled together to create the
negative space of a billboard. while most billboards draw attention away from the landscape ‘non-sign II’
frames the landscape, focusing attention back on it. “
This work was created in just under one year and fabricated in six major pieces at the Central District (Seattle) shop of Lead Pencil Studio. Working alongside Lead Pencil Studio were Ian Gill and Greg Lewis who were instrumental as fabrication leads during production and installation.
Here is an interesting youtube video on this anti-space installation: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OFRRv3GNgIc
I'll be back home on the weekend but will pop in when I can. So, here's wishing you a fine summer's day and thanks, as always, for visiting