Wednesday, March 26, 2008

"Design the Bush Library" protest win

Maggie says:
I just love student contests. Does it get any better than this?

The Chronicle for Higher Education sponsored a contest to design the Bush library, which is unfortunately slated for construction about a mile north of where I sleep at night. In an ingenious twist, entries had to be sketched on the backs of envelopes; tongue was firmly in cheek.

The winner, Lew Calver, is a medical illustrator and grad student from Dallas. His winning design, "Hole in the Ground," takes inspiration from Molly Ivins and Ann Richards, who as Calver puts it, "would have gotten a kick out of" the design.

Calver's creation employs a fake White House façade propped up on stilts to face the street. As Calver explains,

"I liked the idea of a false façade showing the White House so people who still believe in his presidency can at least have some kind of inspiration, even if it’s false inspiration."

The design also features a reflecting pool. “When people look down, they will see reflections of themselves and be reminded that the ones who voted for him were ultimately responsible,” he says. “I’ve always felt that as much as you might want to blame George Bush or Karl Rove or anyone else for the disaster of the presidency, the real people to blame were the voters who were duped.” The design includes an “Iraqi Freedom Military Cemetery” on the front lawn.

See all the top entries here. Congrats, Lew! (And props to Unfair Park for keeping tabs on the contest.)

Click the image to see his brilliant descriptions in full: