Allison Smith created 75 swags of bunting to adorn the railings around the fort’s courtyard. Replacing the traditional color scheme with a gradation from international orange to safety orange, the installation shifted the significance of bunting, moving from patriotism and celebration toward a gesture of communication and urgency. Smith also offered a display of trench art, a type of folk art created in the context of war. Both projects relate to Smith’s larger project Arts & Skills Service, which attempts to bridge the gap between civilians and military personnel through arts and crafts workshops.
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Allison Smith is an Oakland-based art educator and practitioner who creates works on paper, sculpture, and collaborative events that invite audience participation. She was a United States Artists Fellow in 2010. Smith’s work has been exhibited at institutions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Palais de Tokyo, Paris; and MOMA PS1, New York.