ROADSIDE INSTALLATIONS

Heading East on Highway 62 from Twentynine Palms towards Wonder Valley, you'll see the Love Signs on the left hand side of the road. See the signs on  Google Maps.  Pictured with Jose Deangulo.

Heading East on Highway 62 from Twentynine Palms towards Wonder Valley, you'll see the Love Signs on the left hand side of the road. See the signs on Google Maps. Pictured with Jose Deangulo.

Love Signs are a roadside message of love. Each sign says love in different language: Spanish, English, Amharic, Farsi, Chinese and Kannada.

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Love Sign with calligraphy by Meitzu Chou, 周美子 (Traditional Chinese)

Love Sign with calligraphy by Meitzu Chou, 周美子 (Traditional Chinese)

Love Sign with calligraphy by Daniel Miramontes (Spanish language)

Love Sign with calligraphy by Daniel Miramontes (Spanish language)

Love Sign with text design by Yosef Lule (Amharic language)

Love Sign with text design by Yosef Lule (Amharic language)

Artist Jacob Rafati installing a Love Sign with calligraphy by Anup Mutalik (Kannada language)

Artist Jacob Rafati installing a Love Sign with calligraphy by Anup Mutalik (Kannada language)

Love Sign with calligraphy by Shirin Abedinirad, شیرین عابدینی راد (Farsi language)

Love Sign with calligraphy by Shirin Abedinirad, شیرین عابدینی راد (Farsi language)

Love Sign with calligraphy by Jacob Rafati (English language)

Love Sign with calligraphy by Jacob Rafati (English language)

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.

Jacob Rafati painting the stencil for the word Love.

Jacob Rafati painting the stencil for the word Love.

Katie Williams priming some wood on Highway 62, the main road through Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms and Wonder Valley.

Katie Williams priming some wood on Highway 62, the main road through Joshua Tree, Twentynine Palms and Wonder Valley.

Jacob Rafati and Jose Deangulo transporting a sign to the installation site.

Jacob Rafati and Jose Deangulo transporting a sign to the installation site.

The artists

Katie and Jacob performing at the San Francisco Art Institute McBean Gallery, 2017

Katie and Jacob performing at the San Francisco Art Institute McBean Gallery, 2017

Love Signs was envisioned by Jacob Rafati, originally from Tabriz, Iran and Katie Williams, originally from East Tennessee. Jacob and Katie are multimedia artists living California.

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:

Jose Deangulo and Cassandra Lopez with the 29 Palms Love Sign with calligraphy by Yosef Lule (Amharic language)

Jose Deangulo and Cassandra Lopez with the 29 Palms Love Sign with calligraphy by Yosef Lule (Amharic language)

 

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

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.

UPDATE

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