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A 9ft tall x 20ft long flashing sign and digital scoreboard asking passers by "CAPITALISM works for me!" true or false?
A 9ft tall x 20ft long flashing sign and digital scoreboard asking passers by "CAPITALISM works for me!" true or false?
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Good news and bad news

Bad News First

The "Capitalism Works For Me! True/False" sign was blown over in a big storm in New Mexico. High winds knocked it over onto it's face.

Of course there's all kinds of nice metaphors here: Mother Nature knocking capitalism on it's face and such. But beyond that, it was a very depressing and stressful news. And personally, it came in the middle of a hectic move to a new state and setting up a new home and studio.

I'm now here with it in San Diego and able to make repairs. If everything goes right, I should have it back and operational by Friday afternoon. The shock and disappointment phase has passed for me. It landed mostly on soft ground – much better than if it had been whipped up into the air and dashed onto some rocks. And I'm in the process of getting back into shape. I'll have some pictures up when we get the sign running in a few days.

Each city I meet the sign in, and San Diego is now the 5th, I see the wear on the crates and the sign itself. If you told me last August that after the sign had been on the road for 1 year it would have some damage and wear, I'd say "of course!" But it's still hard to see this thing that I have put so much effort and resources into accumulating damage and wear, no matter how small. There's just a little heartbreak that comes each time.

BUT, I remember the only way to keep it perfect is to lock it away, and that's not what it's about. It's about getting it out in the world, and there's always risk with that.

The good news

Actually, there's a lot of good news.

  • The sign will be up Friday at the San Diego Museum of Art. I'm giving an artist talk at 7:30p. Come say hi. Or send a friend.
  • A draft of the SPACES catalog is done and I saw it. This means once it's printed and ready, rewards will start going out shortly after. We're one step closer.

Yes, that's what I said.

A second Capitalism Works For Me! True/False sign is being built in Holland. It's for the Incubate Festival. They asked if they could ship over the original, and we determined that making a second one would be easier and cost the same. Stephen Duncombe and I will both be at the festival for one weekend doing a School for Creative Activism workshop.

Here's some pictures of the build in progress:

They're making this one out of steel, which is 3 times cheaper and 3 times heavier. And rusts. Which I can't wait to see...

Other things

These are the things I'm working on now:

  • Setting up my new studio in Beacon, NY.
  • Preparing for a solo show early September at Charlie James Gallery
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From the 12th floor of the Palomar Hotel in San Diego,


Capitalism is losing in Santa Fe

Hi all,

Busy times.

I'm back from Santa Fe, though the sign stays for another week. Word is Capitalism remains behind in the contest there.

Victoria and I are moving next week to Beacon, NY. Then a week after that I'll fly out to San Diego and meet the sign at the San Diego Museum of Art on August 10th. Maybe I will see you there?

I sent out a newsletter with additional info and you can sign up for my personal email newsletter here. Check it out.

And here's a pretty picture of the sign I took in Santa Fe. I'm trying to decide which image to get printed for the rewards (which are forth coming, you were not forgotten). Maybe we'll do a poll for that in the near future.




Santa Fe: public lecture tonight, sign up for the rest of the month

Hi all,

Stop #4 on the tour!

Today the sign arrives at the Santa Fe Art Institute and will be up here for the rest of the month. I'm also giving a public lecture tonight at SFAI. Here's some more info on that.

I'll be posting some photos and more info once we get the sign up!


P.S. If you want to know what else I'm up to, I sent out a huge newsletter update recently.

Audio update! Hartford, precious STATS!

Dear dear supporters,

Audio update!

I keep meaning to sit down and write these amazing, comprehensive updates. I put it off until I can really do it right, which means I just put it off. So in order to keep you updated and sidestep my perfectionist based procrastination, I recorded a little audio update you can listen to below. Listen to it.

Notes from the audio

Here's some relevant links and tidbits I refer to in the audio:

The numbers

Because everyone asks even though they don't matter (listen to the audio).

Decordova Museum grand total – True: 3422, False: 2835

Boston Tour:
Somerville – True: 69 False: 82
Hyde Park – True: 15 False: 24
Mass Art/Huntington – True: 49 False: 120
Newton North High – True: 184 False: 93 ⬅ the most expensive public high school building, perhaps in the country.

The total on the tour was True: 317 to False: 319

Happy now?

My dad is calling again

Dad is feeling better and making calls again. If you get a random call from a 707 area code, that's him.

I'll be in Canada, will you?

I'm giving a lecture at City Hall in Kitchener, Ontario for CAFK+A so you should come.

Thanks all!

Steve Lambert

My site is and I am SteveLambert on twitter.

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NPR Boston this morning

That's me, driving the sign to Davis Square in Boston while WBUR's Andrea Shea interviews me from the passenger seat.

A story about the sign was featured on WBUR radio this morning!

You can read or listen to the 6 minute piece on WBUR's site or I attached the audio below. Have a listen and let me know what you think.

Today we were at MASSArt, the nation's only publicly-funded free-standing art school. False won by a landslide.

More soon,


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