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Newsweek  (www.newsweek.com)
Oct. 18, 2004

Art: Tools of Democracy

By Peter Plagens

Looking for some hard-to-find political fun? Here's the assignment given to some of New York's best architects and designers: take an infamous 2000 Florida voting booth and make it into a three-dimensional editorial cartoon.

“The Voting Booth Project” (47 wickedly modified tools of democracy) is up at the Parsons School of Design through Nov. 15. Among the best are James Polshek's satirical slot machine and Robert A.M. Stern's booth festooned with rearview mirrors. David Byrne's and Danielle Spencer's two photographs of precinct workers sitting beside a giant booth too tall to reach and a tiny one too small to use is so smart, it's almost poignant.

 


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Our personal faves include Alexander Isley's “Palm Beach Playhouse” Bush-vs.-Gore Punch 'n' Judy show and the design firm R/GA's nasty little booth where the voter deposits the punched card into an attached shredder. A bit left-leaning, maybe. But after all, who could be funny waxing Republican?

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