Victory Garden of Tomorrow Remixes Posters From the Past

I have a thing about WWII motivational and propaganda posters and get a kick out of modern remixes of them. Portland artist Joe Wirtheim has introduced a line of them, called the Victory Garden of Tomorrow. He calls it "an art campaign committed to civic innovation and social progress. It is activist art for new American homefront values."

Joe explains;

VGoT is an art project posing as a propaganda campaign for new, American homefront values. The message style draws from American mid-century homefront propaganda, and the messages essentially draws from 21st century needs as found in the current environmental sustainability movement. The campaign is designed to access America's history of ingenuity to overcome adversity, and apply those values to fighting modern problems.

No doubt Michael Pollan would like this one.

I started reading some history and looking up period poster art, and fell in love with the idea of the "victory garden". The history of it is so simple and charming - I especially liked the active voice in the poster art, like: "Help Harvest" or "Can all you Can" about canning vegetables for winter. These were all very classic folk activities, doing things like growing vegetables, canning them. There were others like collecting salvaged steel, aluminum, and rubber which I felt was perfect - its like not only going back to classic folk values, but then cleaning up the industrial mess that we appear to buried in.

More at The Victory Garden of Tomorrow; you can buy them on Etsy.

If you like remixes (and lean far left) take a look at Micah Wright's Propaganda Remix Project, now stored on Facebook.

Otherwise check out our slideshows:
Food Posters From the Past are Recipes for the Present
Posters from the Past that Can Guide Us in the Future (Continued)
Frugal Green Living: Posters for the Movement
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