No-Sign II on U.S.-Canada Border

- Melanie Zieba,

I’m Canadian and I have an American boyfriend. I cross the U.S.-Canada border a lot and I can’t believe I haven’t seen this installation yet created by Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo of Lead Pencil Studio.

This “ghost billboard” titled No-Sign II was commissioned by the U.S. government and funded by the U.S. Art and Architecture program. Carefully crafted using twisted metal, it was created to add a bit of awareness to the signage landscape in the border zone. And Mihalyo says the intention is “to frame nothing more than a clear view of the changing atmospheric conditions beyond” by using the same psychological underpinnings that billboards do to draw your attention away from the landscape

I think this installation is such a great concept and when I cross the boarder this weekend I’m already looking forward to checking this out.

Here’s a video of the installation set to the sounds of Fleet Foxes

Installing Non-Sign II from Ian Gill on Vimeo.


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  1. nadia says:

    I just crossed the border twice in two days and missed this both times. I guess another trip will need to be taken. Great video too!

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