President Trump has transformed the government with his use of tweets. But what does it mean to have a president who disparages critics, undermines his staff, attacks the very institutions that uphold our democracy? White House is a public art project centered on Trump’s first 100 tweets post inauguration and what they tell us about our 45th president.
The piece itself will consist of four walls, constructed from 140 sheets of 8.5” x 11” white paper. Each wall will contain 35 sheets 59.5” wide x 55” high attached to one another by string. Twenty-five of these sheets will have a tweet in calligraphy. Why calligraphy —because it adds a certain gravitas to the project.
The other sheets will be blank with 5 blank sheets at either end of each wall. These blank sheets will be attached to poles sunk into the ground. All the sheets will be laminated to make them weatherproof. The writing will face the outside. Inside the four walls will be a cement birdbath filled with water where birds can splash as the tweets flap in the wind. There will be no roof.
White House will be sited in a public area so that visitors will be able to walk around it reading the tweets. Will seeing so many tweets at once rather than one at a time make a difference? Yes. The president will be exposed as someone who communicates in a careless and derogatory way.