Posters invite your thoughts on “Ground Zero Mosque”

0 Posted by - September 20, 2010 - Blog, Public art

Concerned New Yorkers

This post originally appeared on Hyperallergic.

It’s impossible to escape the heated rhetoric around Park51 in lower Manhattan. The proposed community center for some of the city’s Muslim population has been called everything from the Ground Zero Mosque, which is the preferred term of the right wing media, to labels more appealing to the left, such as the Cordoba Center — though the developer prefers to call it Park51. No matter your political preference, the fact is you probably have an opinion about the issue.

Well, Adam Wissing, Kenny Komer, and Boris Rasin, the brains behind another street intervention earlier this year which took aim at the ethically challenged New Museum, have joined the very public fray with a poster campaign that invites people on the street to voice their opinion in writing. Their latest project is produced by a group called “Concerned New Yorkers,” which comes from a fictional PAC they created during the 2009 mayoral election when they pitted fictional billionaire Charles Montgomery Burns of The Simpsons television series against billionaire Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

As part of the “Concerned New Yorkers” project, the trio have placed 1,000 posters on the streets of the city with the intention of posting another 2,000 in the near future. The group certainly has a knack for touching upon sensitive issues that highlight ethical quagmires, but their Cordoba Center/Islamic Community Center poster is more minimal than their past campaigns. The visual austerity of the new poster is a perfect fit for the controversy as it stripes away the colorful rhetoric and makes the appeal for public participation feel more emotional and sincere.

Read the interview with the Concerned New Yorkers at Hyperallergic.

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