Student banners removed over political content

Date: 2007

Region: North America

Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium: Design

Artist: Callum Kyle and Alicia Henderson.

Confronting Bodies: Erica Cherney, chairwoman of the Downtown Buisiness Improvement Area in Peterborough.

Date of Action: July 2007

Location: Peterborough, Canada.

Description of Artwork: Two banners to be hung from street posts. One depicts the stripes of the American flag morphing into bombs along with the Statue of Liberty having an X placed over it. The other banner shows a jet fighter flying over a city labeled as Detroit. These were hung along a street with 20 other student-made banners.

The Incident: After hearing the banners described over the phone, Cherney ordered that they be taken down. The students were not notified that their art had been removed. Cherney explains that she removed the banners so as not to damage the upbeat mood of an upcoming street sale and Ribfest event.

Results of Incident: The banners were removed and the Downtown Business Improvement Area has been asked to explain the removal to the students.

Source: The Peterborough Examiner: