Hindsight is Always 20/20


President Obama got re-elected last night! Speaking of presidency, there was this art installation in Brooklyn Bridge park since the Arts Festival (and now, they are all gone after the hurricane) entitled Hindsight is always 20/20: Data from the American Presidency Project.


Hindsight is Always 20/20 examines the history of the presidential State of the Union address through the metaphor of vision. Drawn from the annual addresses given by Presidents to Congress, ‘Hindsight’ consists of a single Snellen-style eye chart for each president who performed this Constitutional act. Instead of the typical eye-chart characters, the piece highlights words from their State of the Union speeches presenting the sixty-six most frequently used words from each presidential administration, starting with the most often used word on the top line. All words are unique to each chart. The result is an engaging snapshot of each presidency at the time period in which they served.




I saw many people stopping and looking at this installation. I hope it didn’t get damaged too much from the Sandy… You can see the whole thing here. (Keep clicking to see each one)