One of the aims of the work is honesty via immediacy, unexpected interaction, friendly confrontation on the street and eliciting the same in people I met. Because I was not protected or tasked by an institution and there was no institutional context to my work - myself, the work and the result were entirely at the mercy of complete and unbridled honesty. .
I surely relied on everyone being at least a bit nonplussed and curious and to have no time to feel self-conscious or deliberate.
And thirdly ( something imagesurgeon correctly noted ) I was a living sounding board placed on one hand between a guy who was shining shoes and on the other a couple of masked guys who were selling bricks (yeah, the real kind). With the understanding that Union Square has always been a place of gathering and dissent.
via imagesurgeon: . The People have the power! ( if they did but realise it?) Iconoclasm is a way of intelligently re establishing that power. . .