You know . . . .
I hadn't been really all that impressed with most of the other, previously released state quarters. You know what I'm talkin about---> Indiana. That's right, Indiana decided to put a map of the state, an Indy car, and the motto "Crossroads of America." And it's not just Indiana! It's like all these states let their lieutenant governor loose with a black felt tip pen and a rubber stamp!
Their Creativity Spans the Entire Spectrum from A to B!!!
You've got your oak and your maples, nice trees to be sure, but not hardly original. At all. New Hampshire rant alert slapped up the Old Man of the Mountain (painstakingly chicken-wired onto the face of the cliff). Maine's got . . . rocky coastal bluffs and a boat. Quel suprise! Tennessee emptied out somebody's attic, just to fill up all that space. Ohio and North Carolina narrowly avoided a squabble over the Wright Bros by utilizing careful word selection.
Admittedly, there are a couple that, from a strictly design standpoint, are not really too bad. And I'd been actually looking forward to seeing what Wisconsin came up with. I was sure Wisconsin could design something pretty creative that was also a little more authentic/better than the others.
The PR lady for the US Mint even mocked us, saying that she'd vetoed beer, cheese, and brats. Which woulda been better than the three options still in the running -- and had more dignity to boot. What we got are cartoons specially selected by The Special Commission of Non-Artful Wisconsin Haters. We're doing our coin to help the other states feel better about theirs.
Ok, all very minor and all that.
You know you're almost onto something when you take a look at Alabama. Their quarter has Helen Keller with the motto "Spirit of Courage" emblazoned across it. Sure, Courage of Tributee acknowledged, but think of the missed opportuuunities! Shouldn't they just have put the face of Judge Roy "Right Hand of God" Moore on the front, with the Ten Commandment on the back? Take off every other letter, number, symbol, and sign. 1-10 in tiny little writing, from the King James version.
Or -- to honor our heritage, of course -- they could put Bull Connor w/megaphone and an appropriate quote.
So how about it? Is it possible to design 50 subversive quarters? Or come up with 50 straight designs that outdo what the states themselves come up with?