The USA camel in Dubai's Parade of Nations, 2003
Living as an ex-patriot in the Gulf, what did the concept of the USA mean to me? Upon reflection, I realized my understanding of American democracy is rooted in childhood history lessons, and that these ideas appear significantly different from what was being exported into the Gulf region in 2003.
Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness became the base idea, and other historical phrases followed. Working on this project stirred long dormant patriotic feelings. I hope this project encourages Americans to be proud of their heritage, critically understand the present international situation, and appreciate the difficult role that the United States is playing in it.
To realize this project, I drew the flag bands on the camel, and then measured them much like a tailored suit. I flattened the bands and using Adobe Illustrator, added the text, warping it to fit the camel. The text was printed on a signage printer and applied to the camel as a template for the paint, which was applied with a sponge.
Today Liberty resides at the American Business Council (ABC) of Dubai and travels often to ABC events.