These are the times that try men’s souls
On December 23, 1776 Thomas Paine wrote his most famous words and painfully appropriate words: "These are the times that try men's souls." The seventy-seven words that follow those eight are equally appropriate: The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. The reality of life is that trying times give us the opportunity to Rise up!
What is INDECLINE? Their webpage's answer is simple: INDECLINE is an American Activist Collective founded in 2001. It is comprised of graffiti writers, filmmakers, photographers and full-time rebels and activists. INDECLINE focuses on social, ecological and economical injustices carried out by American and International governments, corporations and law enforcement agencies. INDECLINE is NOT an anarchist group.
What are some of INDECLINE's projects? In August 2012, the group installed a billboard on Interstate 15 in Las Vegas with Dying for Work in black lettering on a white background and a dummy hanging from it by a noose; a companion billboard, also with a hanged man, read "Hope you're happy Wall St."
In April 2015, eight people spent six days creating the largest piece of illegal graffiti in the world: "This land was our land", painted on a disused military runway in the Mojave Desert. Click the YouTube link below to watch the project.
In October 2015, in response to Trump calling Mexicans "rapists", the group spray-painted a mural depicting him with the slogan "¡Rape Trump!" on an old border wall on US territory approximately a mile from the Tijuana airport.
In March 2016, members of the group glued names of African-Americans killed by police over names on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and also glued the Indecline logo to the stars
The project that garnered the most media attention was the Trump statue. Trump statues actually. August 18, 2016, life-sized statues of Trump appeared on sidewalks in Cleveland, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. The combination clay/silicone sculptures were unflattering to say the least. The artist depicted a very overweight old person whose face appeared discomforted and had varicose veins, a very small penis, and no scrotum. Joshua "Ginger" Monroe, the artist, entitled each as The Emperor Has No Balls. In some instances the city removed the statue, in others local merchants bought them. The New York City Parks Department stated that it "stands firmly against any unpermitted erection in city parks, no matter how small."
In September, one of the statues was set on the roof of a warehouse overlooking the New Jersey entrance to the Holland Tunnel, where Indecline also placed an inverted US flag,
There are many other examples that can be viewed at the groups site. Click thru to: flix