Beyond the Bounds of Propriety


Hi! We’ve been asked to come up with a project for the Trust Art Triennial at the Statue of Liberty this May. I would like to do something about publicizing the growing amount of student debt, emphasizing the cost of education in relation to the disproportionate cost, and education’s precarious relationship to ‘jobs’. Could we print a huge billboard and dress the Statue of Liberty in it? Who knows.  I really hope we can use this as an opportunity to catch up on our mutual freeness. Contact us with ideas

Trust Art Proposal

Liberty Re-searches

Garb: stola (robe); pilleus (brimless skullcap) vs. diadem (crown)
Figure: Columbia and Libertas (goddesses of freedom and liberty)
History: there used to be thousands of oyster beds surrounding Liberty Island; the island was used as a site for quarantine and immigration
Funding: the use of liberty bonds and alternative ways to fund (The World Magazine conducts a drive to raise money and promises to publish everyones name to finish construction on the statue)
Transportation: parts of the lady travel around france to expos and fairs and then her body is floated across the ocean
Architecture – interior staircases and the concave shape of Columbia’s body; scaffolding around the statute
People: Édouard René de Laboulaye and Joseph Pulitzer
Columbia is a historical and poetic name for America – and the early United States of America in particular, for which it is also the name of its female personification. There are two interior spiral staircases; ‘The World’ characterized it as “more like a glowworm than a beacon.”; On February 18, 1758 the Corporation of the City of New York bought the island for £1,000 for use as a pest house.