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Terra Tumultum

Portable Memories in Rising Seas (with Fifty-Fifty art collective)

Odes and Epochs

Radiate/Cultivate

MSIG Pilot Project

Blindspot Galleries

Banner plane flying by the Washington University flag.



A banner plane flew over Washington University towing a banner that read “Operation Pandemic Joy” and signaling the commencement of campaign activities.


Printed parachutes launched from building tops



Parachutes were launched from the tops of three university buildings and descended to the ground where attendees of the celebration waited to catch them.


Parachutes ready for printing



300 toy parachutes were laid out for screen printing in the Washington University student print shop.

Each parachute was screenprinted with the message, “O Joy!,” an image of a joyful person, and the Sesquicentennial logo.


Leaflet crew



Following the descent of the parachutes, uniformed assistants began walking through campus handing out leaflets.


Front and back covers of folded leaflet



The folded leaflets/broadsides were comprised of an image of a joyful person on the front, a slogan on the back, and on the inside, an invitation and instructions on where to go to participate in the printing of Operation Pandemic Joy car magnets.
Four different images were used for the front cover of the leaflet, and were mixed randomly with four different slogans on the back. The slogans are derived from the campaign of “Four Freedoms” commissioned to Norman Rockwell during the Second World War.

Operation Pandemic Joy used the following slogans:
Freedom From Want, Freedom From Doubt, Freedom From Fear, Freedom From Woe. O Joy!


OPJ Assistants Roxanne Phillips, Lindsey Clark-Ryan, and Kristyna Comer



Operation Pandemic Joy had a booth in front of Bixby Hall where participants could “Stamp ‘em out!” and “Make an impression!” by printing magnets for use on cars or other metallic surfaces. Using small Gocco screens for printing and magnetic vinyl, assistants at the booth helped participants design and print their own magnet.


Some examples of the magnets that were printed