Love Signs are a roadside message of love. Each sign says love in different language: Spanish, English, Amharic, Farsi, Chinese and Kannada.
Creating the signs
Love Signs are the culmination of over five months of planning. Installation took place in June 2018. The installation process took one week.
Throughout the process, Katie and Jacob were fortunate to meet and collaborate with a variety of talented artists to make this vision a reality.
Wonder Valley local residents Cassandra Lopez and Jose Deangulo helped tremendously to create and install the signs on their property on Highway 62. This project wouldn't have been possible without their support.
Stencils were created based on original text design by native speakers of the languages on the signs. The following collaborators created the text:
Text design artists
Spanish- Daniel Miramontes, photographer, videographer and artist living in Bay Area, California
English- Jacob Rafati, multimedia artist living in Merced, California
Traditional Chinese- Meitzu Chou, 周美子, artist and calligrapher living in San Jose, California
Amharic (a language from Ethiopia)- Yosef Lule, painter and artist
Farsi (a language from Iran)- Shirin Abedinirad, شیرین عابدینی راد, international performance artist and installation artist
Kannada (a language from India and one of the world's oldest languages)- Anup Mutalik, vocalist and artist living in San Francisco, California
Donations appreciated via GoFundMe to help with the cost of materials.
Thank you Awesome Foundation San Francisco, which helped pay for the materials for this project.
We also value and appreciate the feedback we have received from other artists, and scholars. Please continue to engage with us in critical discourse to move this project along. We appreciate your time and energy.
A new guestbook has been installed on the “Love” sign. Please sign it if you visit.
If you take a photo of the signs, please tag us @lovesignsproject and use the hashtags #lovetranscendsallborders and #lovesignsca