Date: September 29, 2009
To: Graffiti artist / stencil designer
From: Iowa City Dumpster Journal
Re: "Free the Slaves" design
Thank you for your recent contribution to the 700 block of South Gilbert Street. Here are our thoughts with regard to your submission:
Although your graphic design is clear and effective, the message of your graffito is unclear on several counts.
1. We would like specifics about which slaves are to be freed.
2. We would like to see a more precise definition of "free" in this context. Do you mean "having nothing left to lose?" The ability to attend, or not attend, a church of one's preference? Unregulated capitalism? The capacity to make a living?
3. We would like some kind of guidance as to how this freeing is to be accomplished (at what time? Using what methods? In conjunction with which, if any, governmental or international agencies?).
4. We would like clarification as to whether you mean "the slaves" to be understood as all slaves, everywhere, or some particular subgroup of slaves.
We encourage you to resubmit a piece which addresses these concerns. You may find it useful to revisit our guidelines for new submitters, currently located on the dumpsters in the Kum & Go parking lot at the corner of E Burlington St and S Gilbert St, in Iowa City. We appreciate your interest in publication in the Iowa City Dumpster Journal.