One of the best exhibits at the Coconut Grove Arts Festival isn't art, but it's the FastSigns booth on South Bayshore Drive. The art of course, is beautiful - the paintings, sculptures and jewelry, but we had a ball at the Fast Signs booth.
I don't think it was intended, but it's a mini slice of Americana in the way of an on-the-spot political poll. They have cut-out heads of the presidential candidates and people pose with them. That's Greg Frye from FastSigns with Donald Trump.
It's hilarious to watch people pick and choose the candidates, refusing to pose with one, but loving to pose with another. There were Latins and Americans and even a couple from China who barely spoke English. What I liked was that everyone respected everyone else's choice and everyone laughed and joked around with everyone else. It was all a lot of fun and people took it as such. Even though it was political, it wasn't, yet it was.
And all walks of life took part, from young kids to older adults, whether people actually vote or not is another story, but people sure do know the candidates. Wives will pose with Hillary and husbands with Trump. I was really amazed at how educated everyone seemed to be about the election. They're all following the news it seems.
Many younger people pose with Bernie, which is his demographic and it seems that older women choose Hillary.
There are many who chose Trump, but it seems like just a joke, although some are diehard Trump fans.
We spent an hour or more just belly laughing at the scene, the reactions to people and how they handle the whole thing.
It's a clever idea thought up by Roger Chai-onn, owner of FastSigns. He was going to have a podium set up with the characters surrounding an empty podium and people would pass by and take photos of themselves in the middle of the debate, but for logistical reasons, they could not do it. But this worked out better.
It's worth a stop. Check it out, you'll crack up, enjoying the interaction with people. People hide behind the masks or stand proudly with their candidates like Sandra Speier does with Bernie and Trump.
I must say that for the time I was there, Trump was the leader of everyone, his Trump head was chosen by most people, for good or for bad, and next seemed to be Bernie Sanders in popularity. Rubio didn't get much play and they didn't even have Jeb Bush represented. Hillary got a lot of play and some for Ted Cruz.
One month from today, Florida will be holding the presidential primary. Let's see if the poll of the big heads is accurate!
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