Tag Archives: high school sports

Small-town athletes: Disrobe your opponents!

So, the plastic-cup-in-fence artists are back again this fall (apparently unfazed after this unfortunate editing incident last fall), promoting local school-sports success on a wire fence across the street from the schools. Their work includes this representation of the Byron Tiger mascot (though there’s never been a wild tiger within thousands of miles of Byron, Illinois):


and this:


But the most disturbing piece of advocacy art might be this:

20140904_162547Now, “the Cogs” referred to by the cups is most likely the mascot of the upcoming football opponent from the nearby hamlet of Genoa (pronounced “jen-OH-uh,” unlike its Italian namesake). (See here for more ridiculous high school mascots). And perhaps this is an attempt to boost the local athletes by encouraging them to visit not merely victory but figurative destruction upon their opponents. But a quick read of this sign without the contextual background sure seems like my hometown school boosters are advocating sexual violence against machine parts.

UPDATE: Byron’s high school football team did figuratively strip the Cogs, 35 to 20.

A community message about wrestling

So, every day I drive by a fence, near my town’s schools, into which have been pushed some cups in order to produce certain words and symbols. This photo below, taken last Friday, shows one cup design that has endured for a few weeks.

fence_wrestle_first(This picture doesn’t show the “R” that completed the “FO” to spell “FOR”.)

As a mischievous sort, I have often wanted to stop my car and rearrange the cups to spell something more interesting than a banal pro-wrestling message.  But I feared a backlash from my community members, particularly those who took the time to cup-spell things out.

But someone didn’t feel that same compunction. The day after I took the photo above, my wife took this one —

SAMSUNG— which isn’t my particular flavor of humor, but I appreciate that someone took the opportunity to be creative.

Hours later, the fence was revised to:

fence_wrestle_thirdand the figures seem to have shorter arms and Ken doll genitalia.  I also notice that the message now seems less banal and more abstract — how does one “get,” or comprehend, wrestling?