Gowanus anti-Trump sign joins nabe’s elevated billboard tradition

Trumped up: Photographer Ashton Worthington created this illuminated “Resist” sign in the windows of his third-floor studio at the Gowanus Lofts in protest of President Trump.
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It is a sign of the times.

A new sign flashing “resist” and “racist” has appeared on the Gowanus skyline, joining the neighborhood’s lineup of iconic billboards that have greeted straphangers along the elevated F and G track for aeons.

But unlike the old marquees advertising Kentile Floors and Bruno Truck Sales, the words beaming out of the Ninth Street building’s third-floor window is a decidedly political message aimed at President Trump rather than consumers, according to its creator.

“I was feeling really angry a few weeks ago, and the idea hit me out of nowhere that I could use the windows as a canvas,” said local photographer Ashton Worthington.

The projection illuminating from Worthington’s canal-side studio rotates through the words, also including “regime,” “scream,” “redeem,” and “enlist,” as first reported by blog Brooklyn Pulp.

Worthington rigged up the projection in a single day last month, creating a digital video animating the various words, with the letters distorted so they appear straight and narrow to people viewing it at an oblique angle.

“I wanted it to be very simple and aggressive,” he said.

The installation is visible from the Smith-Ninth station, but pedestrians at ground-level haven’t really taken notice so far, Worthington says.

“I’ve been outside a bit and nobody looks up,” he said,

Another wrinkle is that the shutterbug is now starting to miss his view, as the artwork takes up all his window space

“We have a spectacular view there and it’s an incredible bright sunny space during the day, so it’s a bummer not to be able to look out during the day,”

But the lensman isn’t ready to can his creation just yet, and says he plans on tinkering with it and adding more words in the future.

And one day, he might even pay tribute to the neighborhood’s legendary signs of yesteryear.

“I was thinking, ‘God, I should definitely work up a Kentile projection to put up,” Worthington said.

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 12:06 pm, March 8, 2017: Worthington's name is Ashton, not Anthony.
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Reasonable discourse

Dopes from NYC says:
We're with you!

Dopes unite against the system.

- He is OUR president
- WE did vote him in
...and we should always put our best foot forward

Tired of hearing from the sore losers that their mommies didn't tell them they don't always get what they want. Perhaps they should have come up with a better candidate.

Just another guy piggy-backing on the attention train.
March 7, 2017, 6:01 pm
I'm with Dope from Park Dope says:
Suck it up buttercup, you looking to "resist" something...try resisting the urge to be a cry baby.

Respect the office, respect the man in the office.

March 7, 2017, 8:29 pm
Sherwin from Boerum Hill says:
This is getting tiresome. "Resist" the result of a fair election? In that case, I should have devoted my window space to resisting our incompetent Mayor. He's running for re-election on hating Trump because he doesn't have anything to show for the four years except his relationship with NYC developers not named Trump.
March 8, 2017, 12:27 am
Delores Poots from Fresh Meadows says:
This is a waste of power made from plastic. Not enviornmentally friendly. Is his idea of resisting to destroy our planet so that there will be nothing left for Trump to rule, because that's what he's doing.
March 8, 2017, 6:31 am
Sam from Boerum Hill says:
Yes, we will resist. Not because we are 'buttercups' or 'sore losers' but because Trump is a threat to our democracy and country. 'Dopes' voted in a con man, it is up to the rest of us to clean up the mess he is making.
March 8, 2017, 9:35 am
Sherwin from Boerum Hill says:
Sam illustrates the scorn and arrogance of the Hillary crowd for the millions who voted for Trump. Sam thinks they're "deplorable," too stupid to vote. Hillary looked down on them. So does Sam.
March 8, 2017, 10:07 am
Matt from Bed Stuy says:
The ones we need to resist are the violent leftists who want to suppress free speech. We now know who the real enemy of Democracy is and it's certainly not Donald Trump
March 8, 2017, 10:49 am
Dopes from NYC says:
I suppose they think voting in the "con woman" would have left us doody free.

Guess they didn't smell the coffee (or doody better said).

While there's a lot to be said about our government, the result of a fair election - one of the few things we actually have a say in, should be the least of our concerns.
March 8, 2017, 11:55 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I for one didn't vote for him in the election, so I don't feel any buyers remorse here. Just for that, I can always say this, "Don't look at me, I voted for Hillary." Unfortunately, I do feel bad for those who did for Trump even if they did originally mean it to be a joke vote. Also, voting for a minor party or not voting at all is a vote for him as well as long as it wasn't for Hillary even though she did win the popular vote. As for calling her a con woman, she hasn't been convicted of anything, so whatever is said about her can be seen as slanderous. However, I'm surprised those here who wants Hillary arrest doesn't want Sessions arrested for his relation with a Russian ambassador that is found to be shady especially when it comes to elections. Nevertheless, I'm no supporter of Trump and I do plan to vote against him come re-election time in 2020, though I feel that voting someone out is sometimes easier said than done considering this who will either end up voting for him anyway or not vote at all. Another thing is that when it comes to elections, we are stuck with the winner until the time comes again, so be careful who you vote for. More importantly, don't complain about the results of an election if you happen to be a non-voter especially when any of you did nothing on the one day a vote actually matters. In reality, the only message you send to the candidates is that you won't stand in their way to vote against them, and they will wish they had more of you to help them win easily.
March 9, 2017, 6:10 pm
Jim from Cobble Hill says:
Funny how the people saying "suck it up" and "deal with the fact that Trump is totally president" were saying things like "I want my country back" "where is the birth-certificate" and "secret Muslim" only 4-8 years ago.
March 10, 2017, 8:56 am

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