30 Philly artists protest Trump’s inauguration with public art hung from city buildings

President-elect Donald Trump's inauguration is on Friday, and artists in Philadelphia and Atlanta are protesting with a dual-city display of public art, dubbed “Signs of Solidarity.”

Organized in Philadelphia by Streets Dept founder Conrad Benner, photographer Conor Gray, artist Aubrie Costello, and curator Eric Preisendanz, Signs of Solidarity features signs from more than 30 Philadelphia-area artists hung from dozens of businesses and buildings throughout the city. Many of the signs, which focus on inclusivity, will be displayed through Jan. 21; others will be left up through the following week.

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A sign by Philadelphia artist Glossblack hangs from the former Bok Technical High School (1901 S. 9th St.) in South Philadelphia.

Atlanta’s version of Signs of Solidarity will do the same with work from 30 Atlanta-area artists. The Atlanta component began after area arts groups in the city caught wind of the project from participating Philadelphia artist Michelle Angela Ortiz.

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Isaiah Zagar’s contribution to “Signs of Solidarity” hangs at Broad Street Ministry (315 S. Broad St.) in Center City.

Initially organized in Philadelphia as a small showing of signs hung from private homes in the area, the project is in response to what a statement calls “a global shift towards fear and exclusivity,” not just Trump’s inauguration specifically. Signs bear messages such as “Amidst Love, Resist Hate,” “Spread Love, Create Change,” and “Moral Outrage is Born of Love.”

Artists include Joe Boruchow, Jessie Hemmons (aka Ishknits), Yuenglingblingbling, Glossblack, and Brooks Bell. The signs will be hung from various locations around Philadelphia. Some spots to check include Johnny Brenda’s; La Colombe at Dilworth Plaza; the Bok Building; Indy Hall; the William Way Center; and several, as-yet-unannounced buildings throughout Old City, which will “serve as the biggest concentration of ‘Signs,’ ” a statement said. Installation of the signs began Wednesday.

 

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A sign from Philly artist Monica O hangs in front of Awesome Dudes Printing (1338 S. 6th St.) in South Philadelphia.

More information about where to look for Signs of Solidarity is available on the event’s Facebook page. Organizers say they will be posting downloadable versions of the signs for folks who want to fly their own personal versions.

Signs of Solidarity follows “Collective Action,” another political art protest from Benner and other Philly creatives. That event, a silent art auction, raised $20,000 in three hours, according to organizers.

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