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Other Name
CAMPAIGN SIGN
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2015
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOD, COROPLAST, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P20150036000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CAMPAIGN SIGN
Date Range From
2012
Date Range To
2015
Materials
WOOD, COROPLAST, PAPER
No. Pieces
1
Height
151.7
Length
122.5
Width
6.5
Description
SIGN. WOODEN FRAME, COROPLAST SIGN, COVERED IN CRAFT PAPER. STENCILED ONTO PAPER, HORIZONTALLY ACROSS SIGN: “GREAT JOB SHANNON + SUPPORTERS!” HANDWRITTEN, VERTICALLY, TO THE RIGHT OF THE EXCLAMATION POINT: “GO SHANNON”. SEVERAL DOODLES ALL OVER SIGN, ESPECIALLY ABOVE AND BELOW “GREAT”. COLOURS INCLUDE YELLOW, GREEN, BLACK, FLORESCENT ORANGE, AND FLORESCENT PINK. FACE WITH PINK HAIR AND BLACK EARRINGS ON LEFT SIDE OF SIGN. GREEN PAINTERS TAPE AND FOUR CLEAR HEADED PUSH PINS HOLD CRAFT PAPER ON COROPLAST SIGN AND WOODEN FRAME. SCREW WITH A PIECE OF WIRE WRAPPED AROUND IT ON TOP CENTRE OF SIGN. WOODEN LEGS COME TO A POINT AND BOTH LEGS ARE DIRTY: THE LEFT LEG HAS DIRT APPROXIMATELY 17CM UP THE LEG, WHILE THE RIGHT HAS APPROXIMATELY 28CM OF DIRT UP THE LEG. COROPLAST CAMPAIGN SIGN VISIBLE ON REVERSE IS PRIMARILY ORANGE, WITH DARK GREEN. “ELECT SHANNON PHILLIPS ALBERTANDP.CA” AND “ALBERTA’S NDP” IN WHITE LETTERING, WITH BLACK SHADOW EFFECT. GOOD CONDITION. HANDWRITING AND DOODLES ARE VERY FADED, ESPECIALLY THE FLORESCENT ORANGE AND PINK. PAPER IS RIPPED ALONG THE BOTTOM OF THE SIGN, WHERE IT MEETS THE WOODEN FRAME.
Subjects
VISUAL COMMUNICATION T&E
Historical Association
POLITICS
History
THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION COMES FROM AN INTERVIEW CONDUCTED BY JANE EDMUNDSON WITH JAMES MCDOWELL IN DECEMBER 2015, THE SELF-DESCRIBED SIGN PERSON FOR SHANNON PHILLIP’S 2015 PROVINCIAL ELECTION CAMPAIGN. JAMES DESCRIBED HIS ROLE WITH THE CAMPAIGN: “I WAS IN CHARGE OF KINDA THE SIGN CREW AND MAKING SURE THAT WE GOT UP ALL THE SIGN REQUESTS THAT PEOPLE BROUGHT IN AND THEN ON THE PUBLIC PROPERTIES TOWARDS THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN.” JAMES ALSO ASSISTED WITH SHANNON’S 2012 ELECTION CAMPAIGN, WHICH IS WHERE THIS SIGN ORIGINATES FROM. IN DESCRIBING THE SIGN AND THE DETAILS BEHIND ITS CREATION, JAMES HAD THE FOLLOWING TO SAY: “SO THE SIGN IS ACTUALLY COVERED WITH PAPER AND BRAD[‘S] …CHILDREN…IN 2012 TOWARDS THE END OF THE CAMPAIGN WROTE ON IT AND JUST SAID, YOU KNOW, ‘CONGRATULATIONS SHANNON AND TEAM.’” HE CONTINUED: “SO, IT WAS DONE BY KIDS; AND WHEN I WAS CLEANING UP [SIGNS] IN 2012, IT WAS ACTUALLY ON THEIR LAWN…THEY ARE ON 6TH AVENUE BY LONDON [ROAD] MARKET SO THEY HAVE A GOOD LITTLE LOCATION THERE THAT A LOT OF PEOPLE SEE. SO THEY WERE JUST THANKING EVERYONE FOR THEIR HARD WORK BACK IN 2012. AND EVEN THOUGH WE DIDN’T WIN THERE HAD BEEN A LOT OF GOOD LEGWORK DONE. SHANNON BUILT A REALLY GOOD BASE AND THE COMMUNITY WAS EXCITED FOR HER SO IT WAS REALLY NEAT THAT BRAD’S CHILDREN DID THIS TO THANK SHANNON AND EVERYONE THAT HELPED OUT. SO I GRABBED THAT SIGN, THREW IT IN MY TRUCK WITH THE REST, AND AS WE WERE CLEANING UP I WENT, “WELL, WE’RE NOT GONNA TAKE IT APART”. LIKE IT WAS JUST ONE OF THOSE SIGNS THAT – LET’S JUST KEEP THIS WHOLE. I COULD HAVE JUST RIPPED THE PAPER OFF AND THROWN IT OUT BUT IT SEEMED…IMPORTANT TO KEEP ‘CAUSE I KNEW SHE’D RUN AGAIN.” JAMES EXPLAINED HIS MOTIVATION TO KEEP THE SIGN: “I THINK ONE OF THE REASONS I KEPT IT WAS ‘CAUSE IT WAS DONE BY CHILDREN, IT WAS UNIQUE AND IT WAS A ‘THANK YOU’, BECAUSE PART OF DOING SIGNS, WE ACTUALLY DEAL WITH A LOT OF VANDALISM, A LOT OF WRECKED SIGNS DAILY. SO THIS WAS A NICE CHANGE OF PEOPLE NOT DESTROYING A SIGN BUT ENHANCING A SIGN AND THE BOWER CHILDREN DID IT, SO IT WAS REALLY GREAT.” JAMES EXPLAINED WHERE THIS SIGN, AND OTHERS, WERE STORED BETWEEN THE 2012 AND 2015 CAMPAIGNS: THEY WERE STORED BY “JACQUELINE PREYDE AND HER PARTNER, MICHAEL STINGL. THEY HAVE A GARAGE AND THEY WERE STORED THERE … WE HAD SMALL, LAWN-SIZED SIGNS AND THEN WE HAD MEDIUM SIZE AND THEN WE HAD THE LARGE, YOU KNOW, KINDA 3 X 5 FOOT SIGNS – SO DIFFERENT SIZES. IT’S INTERESTING TO STORE THEM ALL BUT WE ARE NO LONGER USING JACQUELINE’S GARAGE. LISA LAMBERT HAS FOUND US A SHED WHERE WE’RE STORING THE LAST ROUND ‘CAUSE JACQUELINE’S GARAGE WAS GREAT BUT IT WAS ACTUALLY UP A SET OF STAIRS INTO AN ATTIC AND JUST REALLY ‘NOT FUN’. THE BIG SIGNS – THE STRUCTURE FOR THEM IS STORED UP THERE RIGHT NOW BUT I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY, MARIA’S OR SHANNON’S SIGNS, IN JACQUELINE’S GARAGE AT THE MOMENT.” JAMES INDICATED THAT THE CAMPAIGN SIGNS COME FROM A CENTRAL LOCATION: “I THINK THEY ALL GO/ORDER OUT OF THE SAME COMPANY. I THINK IT’S ACTUALLY A SPECIFIC COMPANY THAT THE NDP USE ‘CAUSE IT’S A UNIONIZED PRINTING COMPANY – STICKING WITH THEIR ROOTS THAT WAY.” HE EXPLAINED THAT SOME SIGNS WERE RE-USED FROM THE 2012 CAMPAIGN BUT “THEY DIDN’T HAVE THE RACHEL NOTLEY LOGO ON THE OLD ONES, SO THEY WERE LACKING. SO WE TRIED TO USE THOSE EARLY IN THE CAMPAIGN BUT THEN WE DEFINITELY GOT INTO THE NEW LOOK. AND WE DID HAVE TO ORDER MORE.” WORKING WITH THE SIGNS WAS A PHYSICAL JOB, AS JAMES EXPLAINED: “PUTTING THE SIGNS TOGETHER IS A LOT OF REPETITIVE ACTION WITH THE DRILL GUN AND SCREWS. AND THEN, YEAH, HOPPING IN AND OUT OF A TRUCK AND POUNDING THEM IN. ASSEMBLING THE BIG SIGNS, YOU KNOW, TOOK A BIT TO POUND THE STAKES IN. IT’S VERY WINDY HERE IN LETHBRIDGE, AS ANYONE WHO WILL BE LISTENING TO THIS PROBABLY KNOWS, SO WE REALLY HAD TO ANCHOR THEM DOWN; SO THERE WAS SOME PHYSICAL WORK TO POUND REBAR STAKES INTO THE GROUND. IT WAS ACTUALLY HARDER PROBABLY REMOVING THEM AFTER THEY’D BEEN IN FOR 3-4 WEEKS MAYBE.” HE CONTINUED: “IT TOOK US A WEEK TO GATHER THEM UP AND THEN, EVEN THEN, A COUPLE OF WEEKS AFTER THAT PEOPLE WOULD, ‘HEY, I’VE GOT A SIGN STILL.’” JAMES ALSO INDICATED THAT SOME PEOPLE CHOSE TO KEEP THE SIGNS AS A SOUVENIR: “I WAS ACTUALLY TAKING SOME OFF LAWNS AND PEOPLE WOULD RUN OUT AND GO, ‘NO, I WANT TO KEEP THAT.’ IT’S LIKE, ‘OK, HERE YOU GO.’ RIGHT? A LOT OF PEOPLE WERE REALLY WANTED TO KEEP THE, YOU KNOW, ‘CAUSE WELL, NDP VICTORY IN LETHBRIDGE – FIRST TIME - HUGE.” JANE ASKED JAMES HOW THE 2015 CAMPAIGN DIFFERED FROM 2012: “CERTAINLY THE MOMENTUM. I MEAN SHANNON HAD BUILT A REALLY GOOD BASE IN 2012; HAD DONE A LOT OF GREAT WORK AND THAT MOMENTUM JUST SEEMED TO CARRY. THE CAMPAIGN TEAM THEMSELVES, SHANNON AND ALL THE DOOR KNOCKERS, NEVER QUIT. I THINK FROM 2012 THEY KEPT OUT THERE - SO WE JUST HAD LOTS OF SUPPORT. IT WAS HARD TO KEEP UP WITH SIGNS. I’VE NEVER SEEN SO MANY NDP SIGNS GO UP IN LETHBRIDGE. IT WAS LIKE WOW! I’VE LIVED HERE FOR 30 YEARS NOW AND, YOU KNOW, IT’S ALWAYS BEEN A ‘BLUE’ CONSERVATIVE AREA SO IT WAS SO NICE TO SEE THAT PEOPLE WERE, YOU KNOW, WANTING TO EMBRACE A DIFFERENT PHILOSOPHY, I GUESS, AND ROAD. SO, YEAH, MOMENTUM WAS HUGE. JUST THE NUMBER OF REQUESTS DAILY WAS INCREDIBLE. SO WE PROBABLY PUT UP CLOSE TO 2,500 SIGNS IN THE SECOND CAMPAIGN COMPARED TO WELL, YOU KNOW, DOUBLED WHAT WE DID IN 2012.” JAMES NOT ONLY ASSISTED WITH SHANNON’S CAMPAIGN, HE ALSO HELPED OUT IN THE EAST LETHBRIDGE RIDING: “I HELPED OUT A BIT. I ACTUALLY VOTE EAST, I LIVE IN EAST, SO NO, I DID HELP OUT MARIA [FITZPATRICK] WHEN I COULD. YOU KNOW, NOT NEAR AS MUCH ‘CAUSE SHANNON – SHE CAME TO ME AND ASKED ME IF I WOULD DO THIS IN 2015 AND I SAID, “YES, I’D TAKE THAT PART ON.” BUT I TRIED TO LEND A HAND TO EAST [CAMPAIGN TOO] WHEN I COULD. YOU KNOW, JUST EVEN DRIVING AROUND IF I SAW A BROKEN SIGN I’D GO FIX IT ... WE SORT OF GOT CAUGHT UP WITH SHANNON’S AND I KNOW MARIA WAS NEEDING HELP SO I SPENT A COUPLE DAYS JUST TRYING TO GET THEM CAUGHT UP.” SHANNON’S VICTORY PARTY WAS HELD AT THE GALT MUSEUM. JAMES DESCRIBED THE EVENING: “WELL, IT WAS JUST FUN. IT WAS EXCITING BECAUSE THE PLACE WAS PACKED. I’VE NEVER SEEN THAT MANY PEOPLE AT AN ELECTION PARTY FOR THE NDP IN LETHBRIDGE. SO, JUST THE EXCITEMENT. I THINK, YOU KNOW, GOING INTO IT, WE WERE REALLY CONFIDENT WE WERE GONNA WIN BUT THEN THE FACT THAT MARIA WON TOO - THAT LETHBRIDGE WENT COMPLETELY NDP WAS INCREDIBLE. SO YEAH, IT WAS JUST UNPRECEDENTED. I THINK WE WERE ALL A LITTLE STUNNED BECAUSE EVEN AS WE SAW WHAT WAS HAPPENING PROVINCIALLY, NOBODY PREDICTED THAT ... THERE WAS A LITTLE BIT OF SHOCK AND AWE.” JAMES TRANSPORTED THE 2012-DECORATED SIGN TO THE GALT MUSEUM FOR SHANNON’S PARTY ON THE 2015 ELECTION NIGHT. ADDED JAMES: “I CAME OVER, I DON’T KNOW, 2 O’CLOCK IN THE AFTERNOON AND MADE 3 LITTLE TOWERS WITH HER SMALLER SIGNS – HER LAWN SIGNS – AND MADE THESE TOWERS THAT WE PUT IN THE ROOM AND THEN I HAD HUNG ON TO THIS SIGN FROM THE 2012 CAMPAIGN. IT WAS STORED, I THINK I STORED IT AT JACQUELINE’S, BUT I KNEW I HAD THAT AND I JUST FELT THAT IT NEEDED TO COME OVER AGAIN SO I THREW IT IN MY TRUCK AND I BROUGHT IT HERE.” JAMES CONTINUED, DESCRIBING THE MOOD OF THE ELECTION NIGHT PARTY: “OH WELL, JUST ELATION. I MEAN, JUST EVERYONE WAS SO HAPPY AND ... LIKE I SAID, [IT] SHOCKED EVERYBODY. IT TOOK ME A DAY OR TWO TO REALIZE WE’D WON. IN FACT, WE WERE IN THE [CAMPAIGN] OFFICE, I THINK THE NEXT DAY OR A COUPLE OF DAYS LATER KINDA PACKING UP THE OFFICE…, AND KEITH MCLAUGHLIN, SHANNON’S OFFICIAL CAMPAIGN MANAGER, WAS SAYING, ‘OH, WHERE ARE WE GOING TO PUT THIS? SHANNON REALLY DOESN’T WANT TO TAKE IT TO HER HOUSE.’ AND I SAID, ‘WELL, WE COULD PUT IT OVER IN THE STORAGE SHED AND YOU CAN PICK IT UP, YOU KNOW, NEXT TIME WE RUN.’ AND KEITH GOES, ‘JAMES, REMEMBER WE WON. WE’RE GONNA HAVE AN OFFICE.’ AND I WENT, ‘OH, YEAH.’ SO REALLY, I THINK THE ELECTION PARTY WAS PARTLY THAT – IT WAS JUST KINDA LIKE, 'PINCH ME. DID THIS REALLY HAPPEN?'” ON DECEMBER 16TH, 2016, MUSEUM TECH KEVIN MACLEAN INTERVIEWED THE HONOURABLE SHANNON PHILLIPS, MINISTER OF ENVIRONMENT AND PARKS AND MLA WEST FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA. ON THE SIGN SPECIFICALLY, MINISTER PHILLIPS STATED: “THIS SIGN WAS MADE BY TWO KIDS WHO WOULD HAVE BEEN, I DON’T KNOW ABOUT 8 AND 10, 7 AND 9...THEY MADE [IT] IN 2012. SO 2012’S CAMPAIGN, WE WORKED VERY, VERY HARD. WE BEGAN KNOCKING ON DOORS IN THE FALL OF 2011. AND ONE OF THE THINGS THAT YOU DO WHEN YOU ARE A GROWING NDP CAMPAIGN IS THAT YOU MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A REALLY ROBUST SIGN PRESENCE. IT’S A FOUNDATIONAL ELEMENT OF THE STRATEGY … YOU GO ABOUT IN ORDER TO SORT OF “SURGICALLY”… THE PLAY BOOK THAT WE FOLLOW IS THE “TRIED AND TRUE NEW DEMOCRAT” THE WAY TO DO THINGS ACROSS THE COUNTRY. AND SO WE DID THAT AND OF COURSE YOU ARE CANVASSING IN YOUR GOOD AREAS AND YOUR MAIN DRAG FIRST AND YOU REALLY FOCUS ON GETTING YOUR SIGNS OUT...AND SO I WAS VERY PLEASED WHEN I FOUND [THE FAMILY THAT DECORATED THIS SIGN] ON THE CORNER OF 6TH AVENUE RIGHT BESIDE LONDON ROAD [MARKET] NEAR A BIG YELLOW HOUSE. AND THEY, OF COURSE, GAVE ME A LARGE SIGN LOCATION, WHICH, AS A CANDIDATE YOU REALLY WANT AND THAT WAS GOOD--CORNER OR HIGH VISIBILITY LARGE SIGN LOCATION SO THIS WAS ONE OF THEM…AND THEN WE GREW THE PARTY’S PRESENCE IN THIS AREA [IN 2012] AND ESTABLISHED LETHBRIDGE WEST TO THE NEXT LEVEL - AND I WAS DRIVING DOWN 6TH AVENUE THE DAY AFTER [THE CAMPAIGN] AND MOST OF THE SIGN PULLING HAD BEEN DONE BY THE NEXT DAY BUT THEY HAD LEFT THIS ONE UP FOR A COUPLE OF DAYS BECAUSE THE KIDS HAD GONE OUT AND HAD MADE A KIND OF CONGRATULATORY SIGN AND WE WERE ABLE TO SEE THAT. S0 APPARENTLY THEN, IT WAS KEPT. SO THEN IT TRAVELLED TO THE 2015 ELECTION NIGHT PARTY.” SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR FULL TRANSCRIPTS OF INTERVIEWS CONDUCTED WITH JAMES MCDOWELL AND THE HONOURABLE SHANNON PHILLIPS.
Catalogue Number
P20150036000
Acquisition Date
2015-12
Collection
Museum
Images
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