In March 2002, Bay Area artists Paul Schiek and Chris Duncan responded to the wool-pulling and clampdown on dissent that followed September 11 with the SOS quilt,
a piece of unsanctioned art made from bed sheets, house paint, thread and a borrowed billboard. The basic message behind the quilt, says Duncan, is a call for help. Save our ship . . . save ourselves . . . save our state . . . save
our society . . . you get the point.
Its a piece that had a very short physical life, but has a sentiment that will always carry substantial weight as long as things remain the way they are.