The Great Communicator
“The Great Communicator” was the winning proposal for a public artwork in Ronald Reagan Park in Gdansk, Poland.
The work consists of a Ronald Reagan quote (while Governor of California) – “A tree’s a tree – how many more do you need to look at?” – cited in the Sacramento Bee, opposing expansion of Redwood National Park, March 3, 1966. The sentence was supposed to be cast in white cement and marble, in the same font as the Hollywood sign, 100 cm tall, 30 cm deep and 35 m long in total, and follow the topography of the site.
The title is based on Ronald Reagan’s nickname, “The Great Communicator”.
However, one of the financiers of the contest found the proposal invidious and being anything but good PR for the company, and disagreed with the jury’s decision. The commission was aborted.
Ronald Reagan Park,
Gdansk, Poland, 2011.
In collaboration with
architect Staffan Strindberg.
Commissioned by the
Interreg South Baltic Programme.
December 12, 2019