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You can drop off your election signs for local art projects

Posted at 5:28 PM, Nov 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-09 17:54:20-05

CINCINNATI — Election night is over and political ads have run their course, but what can be done about the copious amounts of political yard signs dotting lawns throughout the Greater Cincinnati region? Turns out, local artists want them.

At House of Friends Cincinnati, local artists are looking to re-purpose the signs, no matter what side they initially represented, to use them and the wire frames for art projects.

"I started talking with Jamey and House of Friends and we thought it would be a great idea to re-purpose all the signs that are in our neighborhoods and communities to something else," said Hannah Peacock, a local artist.

Jamey Ponte is the founder of House of Friends Cincinnati, which artists describe as a social justice movement group.

"I think we've collected probably a good 600 to 700 signs at this point," said Ponte.

It doesn't matter which party, candidate or message the signs initially carried -- local artists can morph the materials into new forms to recycle the signs into locally created works of art.

"This is very clearly a Biden sign, but we can also tear it apart and kind of morph the layers so I could have Trump and Biden intermingling in the same creature and you wouldn't really know," said Peacock.

She said she's interested in the colors and styles of the signs and how they can be morphed into new, bipartisan art works for everyone to enjoy.

Anyone interested in dropping off their political signs can do so on the front porch of House of Friends Cincinnati's College Hill location at 5659 Hamilton Avenue.