Installation artists Jeff Greenspan and Hunter Fine -- the pair who have been moonlighting as “urban trappers” around New York City of late -- brought their Internet sensation to the District on Sunday afternoon, setting up Tea Party Traps near the White House and on the National Mall. Greenspan and Fine were kind enough to allow DCist to tag along and watch the social experiment unfold.
So what were the Tea Party Traps baited with? Dick Armey’s “Give Us Liberty” manifesto, an aerosol can of gun cleaner, an assortment of anti-Obama and tax buttons, a few Don’t Tread on Me stickers, and, of course, a pocket-sized Constitution. (Which, somewhat poetically, was the object inside the trap that was the most troublesome to keep from collapsing.)
Greenspan and Fine -- who have a history of creating whimsical outdoor projects like the tourist sidewalk lane -- describe Urban Traps as “a project where we lay traps for certain subcultures.” Both work in advertising and weren’t shy about emphasizing the sociological aspects of the traps -- Greenspan admitted that the first question he gets from people about them is what the traps are advertising.
[Continue reading Aaron Morrissey’s post at DCist.com.]