Love Signs Installations

 

Love Signs are a series of roadside installations made possible through the collaboration of many artists.

The first installation of this series exists on Highway 62 between Twentynine Palms and Wonder Valley, CA. 

The Love Signs are listed on Tripadvisor and Atlas Obscura.

Love Transcends All Borders

 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 Sign with calligraphy by Daniel Miramontes (Spanish language)

Love Sign with calligraphy by Daniel Miramontes (Spanish 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)

 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 Jacob Rafati (English language)

Love Sign with calligraphy by Jacob Rafati (English language)

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

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

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

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

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.

 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)

Throughout the process, Katie and Jacob were fortunate to meet and collaborate with a variety of talented artists to make this vision a reality.

Twentynine Palms 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 the following collaborators:

 

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

 

Want to get involved?

  • Help us find privately-owned land near highways so we can make more signs

  • Are you an artist and/or activist? We are looking for collaborators and text designers. Please reach out to fiberopticnow@gmail.com. We can't wait to meet you and work together!

  • Let us know what you think. We're open to your feedback. Constructive criticism helps us to better the project.

Donate to our GoFundMe to help with the cost of materials.

Thank you

We're so grateful to have been selected as an Awesome Foundation San Francisco grant recipient

We also value and appreciate the feedback we have received from other artists, activists and scholars. Please continue to engage with us in critical discourse to move this project along. We appreciate your time and energy.