Preamble

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Publication Label
In a show of American ingenuity, Mike Wilkins utilized a collection of vanity license plates to phonetically spell out the preamble to the US Constitution in abbreviated script. All fifty states and the District of Columbia are represented in alphabetical order. Though the plates rarely make sense on their own, together they re-create one of the greatest documents in American history. This work represents the meaning of the phrase "the United States" with a fun twist.
Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.
Topic
History\United States\Constitution
Architecture\vehicle\detail
Smithsonian American Art Museum
Artist
Mike Wilkins, born Durham, NC 1959
Credit Line
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A.
Medium
painted metal on vinyl and wood
Dimensions
96 x 96 in. (243.8 x 243.8 cm.)
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Smithsonian American Art Museum Collection
On View
Smithsonian American Art Museum, 1st Floor, North Wing
1987
Type
Sculpture
Object number
1988.39