Below is the gist of the flyer that became the main instrument of an
activity as absurd as that in which the United States was engaging with
the Soviet Union at the time (1984).
Call for Entries
International Alternative Arms Race
ELIGIBILTY: Anyone may enter. International artists are encouraged.
TO ENTER: Make an arm that is easy to carry.
Write or permanently attach this message:
"International Alternative Arms Race
After crossing a border, add your nanme, date and
and give to someone who will be crossing another border soon. After
1, 1984, give to someone going top the United States to mail to:
(This was followed by a now defunct address in Detroit, Michigan.)
and anything else you wish. Then attach enough postage to mail the
arm to Detroit from anywhere in the USA. ($3.00 sends 3 pounds from
Finally give the arm to someone crossing a border soon. What
a border is defined by the arm's current carrier.
All arms received at the Finish Line before June 1984 will be exhibited
at the Winner's Circle Show at the Detroit Focus (non-profit art)
in June 1984.
Winners in several catagories will be selected by
Arms will be sold. All proceeds will go to the
control movement (Physicians for Social Responsibility). Unsold
will be burned during the Detroit/Windsor Freedom Festival.
Most Borders Crossed.
Most Miles Carried.
Most Beautiful Arm.
Most Tense Borders Crossed.
(Click here for an image
of the flyer)
Above are some of the arms raced. Aproximately one
in ten made it to the Finish Line. Over sixty arms showed up. Many
had traveled to Asia and Europe.One was signed by crew members on a U.
S. submarine tender in the North Sea!
for detail of the lead and gold arm.
made possible by support from
Detroit Art Works
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