“God Bless America” Poster

Poster showing lyrics of "God Bless America" that changes "White with foam" to "Black with oil" to protest the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; graphic design by Carolyn Porter of Porterfolio, Inc.

Called both “heartbreaking” and “hauntingly beautiful,” this poster was a way for Carolyn to express her outrage at the 87-day-long Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Louisiana’s Belle Chase Parish President Billy Nungesser dubbed the poster, “the ‘new’ national anthem for the Gulf Coast.”

Hundreds of posters were printed and mailed to national and regional politicians, EPA administrators, U.S. Coast Guard officials, volunteers on the front lines of rescuing birds and turtles, reporters, environmental advocacy groups — even to BP executives. Letters that accompanied the posters demanded that BP be held fully responsible for the damage caused to the Gulf ecosystem and economy.

The poster was made with antique Hernard titling letters individually glued onto a backing sheet, then doused with non-toxic, biodegradable oils and consumables. The poster was digitally printed with spot Dimensional Clear coating which made the “oil” appear shiny.

The poster was a selection for the Poster Offensive show, curated by Peet Fetsch. The Poster Offensive show featured posters with messages of peace and democracy.

Fresh Color Press, using spot Dimensional Clear coating