"Be sure to drink your Ovaltine."
At the heart of a classic film, The Christmas Story, lies the story of a little boy, Ralphie, who stumbles upon the awkwardly disappointing
realization that we--the individuals blessed with unique abilities to seek meaning in an infinite universe representing a vast network of
puzzles and mysteries awaiting our innate talents to turn the key thus unlocking secrets known to only the few--are simply pawns,
sacrificial lambs upon a board of play, in someone’s or possibly something’s greater plan and quite often especially in this case, a
corporate plan. Being a dedicated fan and listener to the Little Orphan Annie radio show, Ralphie desperately wanted to be on the inside
of Annie's wonderful world and acquire the popular Little Orphan Annie Secret Society decoder ring allowing him to decode Annie's
secret messages. However Ralphie soon discovered that one must drink lots of Ovaltine and collect dozens of proofs of purchase in
order to obtain the much-desired decoder ring. So after drinking gallons of Ovaltine, Ralphie finally receives his long-awaited Little
Orphan Annie Secret Society decoder ring in the mail, and with much anticipation decodes his first secret message, which reveals a
crummy commercial advertisement telling him to "Be Sure To Drink Your Ovaltine."
The Ovaltine Portrait was a 20' x 30' portrait of Hillary Clinton screaming "Go Democracy." The portrait consists of 345, 16" x 16"
cardboard squares stapled and glued with colorful select choices of trash scavenged from the streets of Baltimore. Amidst the 2007
Democratic presidential primary and Barack Obama’s tremendously infectious message of hope, it was determined that asking a group
of students and professionals to work for hours--rifling through trash and gluing and stapling it to pieces of cardboard, blindly producing
a large unknown trash-by-number image which once finished and arranged on the ground and after climbing to the top of a nearby
building with mounting anticipation would reveal a massive political campaign add for Hillary Clinton--would, if nothing else, be amusing.
Watch the video HERE.
Read the PRESS RELEASE.
Additional pictures of The Ovaltine Portrait.
Pictures of select individual squares of cardboard from the portrait.
Pictures of the original Hilary photo and preparation of the trash-by-number design.