I found this article today on MyDesert.com and thought it was pretty comical.  Is this Installation Art?  Graffiti? BANKSY!?!?! Vandalism?  Wit?  Social/Political Commentary?  Or just a funny prank?


You decide:



Someone replaces P, S on ‘alm prings’ sign in Palm Springs

City not amused by makeshift letters, which disappeared Wednesday morning

Written by Kate McGinty


Two months after two letters vanished on a “Palm Springs” welcome sign, someone had temporarily solved the problem.

Or committed a new act of vandalism, the city says.

Someone fashioned the letters “P” and “S” — the first initials of the city that have been missing from the metal sign since at least April 1 — out of cardboard and duct tape.

The letters were up last night but disappeared from the sign by 9 a.m. today.

When asked if the city removed the letters, a city spokeswoman referred que,stions to David Barakian, the city’s director of public works and engineering.

He has not returned a call from The Desert Sun.

The three-dimensional creation first caught the eye of one @MyDesert Twitter follower Tuesday as he drove by the corner of Gene Autry Trail and Vista Chino.

“What’s happened at the ALM PRINGS sign? Looks as (if) someone has placed a smaller ‘P’ in a progressive move,” @mrstevenmichael tweeted.

City leaders — who did not know about the addition to the sign until a phone call from The Desert Sun — did not share his enthusiasm.

“It’s not what it’s supposed to be, clearly, so I’m not quite sure who’s playing games,” city spokeswoman Amy Blaisdell. “It sounds like some pranksters.”

The city expects the original manufacturer to send the replacement letters, which cost a total of $3,600, next week.

Barakian said Tuesday the city “would be criticized to no end” if it had installed the duct tape replacement in the meantime.

When The Desert Sun asked if he planned to take the letters down, Barakian responded: “I think that’s a pretty good guess.”

Kate McGinty is a reporter for The Desert Sun. She covers public safety and the city of Desert Hot Springs. She can be reached at (760) 778-6451, kate.mcginty@thedesertsun.com, or @TDSKateM



What the Twitterers have to say about it:


“The home-made P and S on the sign are awesome! The city better not take them down until they have real replacements.” — @FlorianBoyd via Twitter


Hey @MyDesert Good Morning. What’s happened at the ALM PRINGS sign? Looks as someone has placed a smaller “P” in a progressive move. – @mrstevenmichael via Twitter




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