'There Are Black People In The Future' Billboard In Pittsburgh Taken Down
A billboard above a building in Pittsburgh that read “There are black people in the future” has been removed “over objections to the content” by the building’s landlord.
In a report from Tribe Live, We Do Property, the landlord of the Werner Building, used a “never-evoked clause in the lease that gives the landlord the right to approve text,” to take down the billboard’s message. The text was created by artist Alisha Wormsley, and the billboard is a part of an art project called “The Last Billboard,” which was started by Jon Rubin in 2010.
TEXT TAKEN DOWN – from Jon Rubin curator of last billboard project. ——For the past month The Last Billboard has been…
“I believe in the power, poetry, and relevance of Alisha’s text and see absolutely no reason it should have been taken down,” Rubin wrote in a statement shared by Wormsley. “I find it tragically ironic, given East Liberty’s history and recent gentrification, that a text by an African American artist affirming a place in the future for black people is seen as unacceptable in the present.”
In the statement Rubin also said that Wormsley will address the removal of her text during a public panel discussion soon. Prior to it being taken down, Wormsley’s text had been on the billboard for the past month.
“The Last Billboard” has featured other messages including “Ideally Everything Will Turn Quiet Now,” “A Tow Truck Pulling An Ambulance,” and “You Don’t Need A Weatherman To Tell Which Way The Wind Blows.”
Source: Trib Live