cité in Performas, 40 ans d'art d'attitude, Alain Amiel, 2010
By extending my sculptures to signs entitled “FOR SALE,” I associate this action with Chief Seattle’s 1854 speech in which he said, “We may be brothers afterall.” The speech was given in response to the request by U.S. President Franklin Pierce to buy his tribe’s lands.
We may admire in this speech a sense of ecological concern, unknown at the time but so pertinent today, as well as a premonition of the fate that awaited the Native Americans.
At the inauguration of the sign, Jean Mas presented it to Prince Albert II of Monaco and Charlene Wittstock.
By dialing the number on it, the public reached a voice mailbox with the following message: “My land is not for sale,” in reference to the 1854 speech attributed to Chief Seattle in response to the U.S. government’s request to buy his tribe’s land.