Of Occupy Wall Street, Art and Design

The top news for the past cou­ple of days has been Steve Jobs’ pass­ing away, and the #Occu­py­Wall­Street move­ment. The move­ment started Sep­tem­ber 17th and is still going on. There’s been cov­er­age about it but one can tell that its not the full-coverage that we are all receiv­ing. Though, that is a story for another time and place.

Mean­while, from all of the recent devel­op­ments of it, there has been a surge of pas­sion­ate story-telling be it in a form of a tweet, an inter­view,1 or a writ­ten, poetic “offi­cial state­ment” which was recently read out by Keith Olber­mann.2

Another prod­uct of this, I must say, has been the print-design work that has been made avail­able to the pub­lic by Adbusters. The one that stands out the most to me is the visual-art piece with the dancer on the “Charg­ing Bull”.

It’s a mem­o­rable com­po­si­tion of images. The Bull, “the sym­bol of aggres­sive finan­cial opti­mism and pros­per­ity“3 and Wall Street, has been pranced on by a beau­ti­ful, gra­cious dancer. I think the dancer rep­re­sents the ebb and flow of the Amer­i­can Dream, and that of civil lib­er­ties. Now on top, it is on pace to take con­trol of the bull, not force­fully, but with grace and seren­ity. She leads the way to suc­cess and finds her­self on the bull because of how she approached the chaos; not with vio­lence or vengeance, which in this case is rep­re­sented by the smoky scene and masked crowd in the back­ground. Well, that is how I inter­pret this piece any­ways; it can be dif­fer­ent to yours.

Con­tin­u­ing, other ones that I like are:

You may see more works here.

In case you have seen in the news or in bookstores/newsstands, Time Magazine’s Per­son of the Year for 2011 is “The Protestor”.

The art­work was cre­ated by none other than Shep­ard Fairey. Here is the back­ground story of the piece. 

  1. Watch Jesse LaGraca, from Occupy Wall Street, talk to Fox News here. []
  2. Here’s the post of Keith Olber­mann read­ing out that state­ment by the NY Gen­eral Assem­bly, video and tran­script. []
  3. Via Wikipedia. []


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  1. claude

    I find your point of view veeeeery inter­est­ing and well pull together, I´m in my last semes­ter of graphic design and Im doing my the­ses about non tra­di­tional cam­paing includ­ing the ones from adbusters, con­grats! this really helped me.

    • sherwin

      Hey Claude,

      Thanks for the kind and insight­ful com­ment. Well appre­ci­ated. Good luck with your the­sis, and con­grats in advance with your last semes­ter ^^ Be well, and I hope you inspire oth­ers with your future work.

      Kind regards,

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