4. Hank Willis Thomas, The Truth Is I See You (2015)

Photo by Jinwoo Chong for Untapped Cities.

Part of an ongoing series by Brooklyn-based artist, Hank Willis Thomas, The Truth Is I See You was an exhibition of various comic-book inspired speech balloon signs that featured phrases taken from a poem that was written in collaboration with artist Ryan Alexiev.

The phrases, described as “universal statement of truths,” were presented in 22 languages (with English translations and a pronunciation guide) and installed along the MetroTech Promenade in Downtown Brooklyn. Phases included proclamations like “The truth is I respect you,” and “The truth is I welcome you.” Two rolled-steel benches, a large-scale steel tree and, on occasion, the Truth Booth (an interactive video project) also accompanied the signs, giving visitors a space for contemplation.