Here’s an interesting update on creative uses of campaign signs. Last week, we wrote about the debate around campaign signs, and whether they are an effective campaign tool or just blight on our streets. We also wrote about a grandfather in B.C who was getting creative with the material from campaign signs and making beds out of them.
An alternative design has come out of Quebec for old campaign signs. Les Fourmis, an anonymous group based around alternative expression in Montreal, published a design online for making bird houses out of election signs. Along with the colourful birdhouses, which are held together with more colourful zip-ties, they made bike bags. They thus attached the many bird houses to trees in the parks around Montreal.
Reusing campaign signs is great, but the destruction of advertisements for elected (and unelected) officials may mean something greater. It may be seen as disrespectful towards the candidates and the campaigns they waged; or perhaps, it is just away to reuse and recycle a one-time political sign. Maybe this is a sign campaigning has gone to the birds, and it is time to update our methods of campaigning for the 21st century. Port Moody, B.C has ruled to have less signs and instead promote people to discover more on the candidates online. We are due for many big changes in politics as our demographics change in the next few years. These attitudes towards this classic campaign tradition may just be a sign of the times.
Do you think it’s time to update campaigning for the 21st century?
Megan (CIVIX Intern)
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