John Morse’s haiku bandit signs


At first glance, John Morse’s art might read as a scam: installed on telephone poles around Atlanta, he borrows the vocabulary and medium of “bandit” or snipe signs — illegal ads, often for weight-loss schemes, payday loans or work-at-home jobs — but delivers more positive kinds of messages. The hitch: they all fit the requirements of traditional haiku. He’s placed 500 of these 17-syllable poems around town, mapping the locations on Google.

Via Ed Kohler who tracks similar illegal snipe signs — which he likens to corporate graffiti or street spam — in the Twin Cities.



Flux Film 001 | Morse from Proper Medium on Vimeo.