At the beginning of Occupy I made a painting with the word "Thinking". I placed it on an abandoned radar station on a mountain facing both Oakland and San Francisco.
The Occupy Oakland camp was located in front of City Hall and was one of the largest in the country.
I set up an "art studio" at the camp to make protest signs, and made a second "Thinking" banner for it.
In front of Oakland city hall, I hung up a 2006 painting depicting a future Martian Occupy encampment.
The reverse side of the painting became a protest banner.
On November 2, 2011 thousands of people marched from Oakland City Hall to the Port of Oakland and shut down operations.
The next day the painting was taken down by protesters and used as a shelter.
On the morning of November 14th, the police raided the camp. They threw everything into garbage bins: tents, belongings, including the Thinking banner.
I managed to save the Martian painting the night before the raid. It is now on view in the Oakland Museum of California, Gallery of California Art, Permanent Collection.
Occupy Space, Installation View. Oakland Museum of California, Gallery of California Art, Permanent Collection.
Wall Text, Gallery of California Art, Oakland Museum of California
Spring 2012 I returned to the mountain to recover the first Thinking painting. It had been ripped apart and scattered by the wind.