When all the world is a hopeless Jumble

When all the world is a hopeless jumble uses crowd-control barriers and prismatic colors as a playful statement on repression, hope, and strategies of resistance. The title of the work alludes to the original opening line of the eminent ballad from the movie The Wizard of Oz, an adaptation of the 1900 children's novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum. The first verse of the lyrics was eventually edited when sung by Judy Garland for the movie. Written in 1938, a moment in history at times compared to the current political situation, the song narrates the desire to be over the rainbow where a trouble free world lies. The grey, galvanized barricades, which are globally employed to control and restrain crowds by police and security forces, are placed in a large sphere. Where usually the barricades limit and restrict, in When all the world is a hopeless jumble they become a mischievous demand for freedom, diversity and imaginative play.

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