You're looking at what I guess you'd call a "press release" from the Elicit Thought Project. This thing weighs like 10 pounds. On the left is what I'm assuming is the front (pictured with a big ass rubber-band ball to show its magnitude) and on the right is the back (pictured with my business card in case there are any sexy ladies reading this) are several pro free speech sentiments written in magic marker. My favorite of these is: "'The worst book is the expurgated book.' â?? Whitman (possibly a paraphrase, but whatever)"
This reminds me of the old gag about returning those junk mail postage-paid postcards glued to a brick, but Elicit Thoughts got our attention at least. So what do they want?
They've got a petition they'd like you to sign, which reads:
"Imagine sitting at a bus stop that has numerous slots for people to distribute CDs, DVDs, pamphlets, books or places to hang paintings. Imagine sitting at a bus stop where a local artist has exhibited his or her work. Imagine sitting at a bus stop and having pamphlets from various organizations to read. The Elicit Thought Project intends to make all bus stops in San Antonio, TX, communal spaces. We want either permission for everyone to display messages at any bus stop or for bus stops to be altered in a way that each has a bulletin board and that each can be used to facilitate communication--meaning, each bus stop is altered to promote and facilitate the transfer of information. We are also demanding that each bus stop have seating and an overhang. "
Championing bus-stop bulletin boards by sending news outlets spraypainted cabinet doors. I've never heard of someone doing this, I'll say that for it, but the logistics of the thing sound like an absolute nightmare. What do you guys think?
Mostly I'm just sad I didn't think to photograph the beach-ball sized wad of bubble wrap this baby originally came swaddled in. My inner child took one look at all those bubbles and shit himself in excitement. That sounds like a pretty serious medical problem when you think about it, so I'm probably going to take the rest of the day off.
Check out their video, which delves deeper into their underlying philosophy and guerilla attention-grabbing tactics:
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