This was a piece of art that I experienced in the Tripoli Gallery. It is titled: “Non-commissioned Public Works” by Jake Swanson. I think the title itself is a clue towards the idea behind the art. All of the prints may seem to show random things like bricks from the street and sidewalk signs. I found two definitions of commissioned: “The act of committing or giving in charge” and “authoritative order, direction, or charge.” In all of the prints there some kind of authority demanding or ordering you to or not to do something. For example, the no skateboarding, bicycle riding on sidewalk sign. But if you look closer, there is a sticker in the middle of the sign that says “This sign is not a police officer,” which I find hilarious. Which makes sense because since the title is “NON-commissioned public works” then perhaps the reference in this artwork is that these public signs, blocks, etc. are demanding something, however they have no real authority to do so. With these works out of context, they have no real meaning so we can look at them for what they are.