Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Eugene Jarecki created the Trump Death Clock in order to provide a quantifiable count of the amount of COVID-19 deaths that are directly attributable to President Trump’s inaction. Beginning as an editorial for the Washington Post that evolved into a website, and quickly into actual digital billboards, Trump Death Clock has since had possibly its most notable appearance on Times Square in New York City. The death toll counter, which is a nod to NYC’s National Debt Clock, has also appeared on digital billboard trucks that circled both a Trump rally in Tulsa, and The White House. The below interview with Jarecki by Democracy Now!’s Amy Goodman, gives wonderful look at the Death Clock’s history and specifics on how the number was determined.
Last night the campaign trail wound its way through Sanford, FL, the central Florida city with a population of about 60,000 that is possibly most widely-known for being the home of Trayvon Martin. Lightbrush, an animator and guerilla projection artist, used the art of Projection Mapping to digitally display the clock on buildings around the town in the new collaboration with Jarecki’s team. The city played host to President Trump’s first official appearance back out on the campaign trail last night, just days after contracting, and supposedly recovering from, Coronavirus.
We followed Lightbrush around Sanford last night to capture some of the process and the results, as you can see in the above video, and below photographs. Hitting multiple high-traffic areas of the town through which rally attendees would pass on their way home, as well as the local nightlife district, Lightbrush was able to animate and display the Death Clock in new ways that drew onlookers on their way to the bars. Two of the locations included an abandoned Rite Aid in the center of Downtown, and an old warehouse building on one of the main roads leaving the Orlando-Sanford International Airport, where the rally was held. The wall of a building on a bustling corner of the local bar district was the most full and active canvas of the night, and it quickly drew multiple observers and compliments from admirers. One quick roadside “Lightbomb,” as Lightbrush refers to act, on the highway out of town saw Trump Death Clock quickly grace the external wall of “The Good Life TV 45,” even if it was briefly, as to not hit passing semi-truck drivers in the eye with light.
We didn’t catch much of the actual rally, even as we watched live feeds from the car, but we couldn’t miss hearing about this epic moment where Trump expresses his desire to kiss the audience, just a day after supposedly testing negative for the Coronavirus he contracted less than a week before.
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