Synopses & Reviews
"Hey, would you like to make a suggestion?"
With that simple question and an enormous white suggestion box, the New York Citybased collaborative Illegal Art canvassed the five boroughs, collecting suggestions from passersby of every stripethe young, the old, the filthy rich, the homeless, the mouthy, and the shy. "Love each other or perish." "Take breath mints when offered." "Give me a break!" In true New York style, the suggestions are by turns hilarious, nonsensical, angering, and heartwarming. Some people held the suggestion box prisoner while they wrote suggestion after suggestion; others ignored the box, but then came scrambling back with a sudden idea. One woman scribbled as she walked down Wall Street: "More time in the day." One man in Harlem, when asked if he would like to make a suggestion, said, "Isn't it obvious? World peace." Or at the base of the Brooklyn Bridge, a woman sadly wrote her misspelled suggestion and then held it up for all to read: "Never brake up with someone on a bridge." With over 350 entries and 50 photos of the suggestion box in action, Suggestion is authentic, honest, and totally appealinga testiment to the the public's innermost desire, whether it's free beer, free daycare, or free pumpkin pie every Thursday.
Featuring 380 handwritten suggestions, this chunky compendium takes the pulseof a vibrant, bustling, and ever-changing city of New York.
About the Author
Illegal Art, co-founded by Otis Kriegel and Michael McDevitt, is a collective of artists whose goal is to create interactive public art to inspire self-reflection, thought, and human connection. Both Kriegel, a public school teacher, and McDevitt, the foun