Preamble

  • Mike Wilkins, Preamble, 1987, paint, metal, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A., 1988.39

Publication Label

In a show of American ingenuity, Mike Wilkins utilized a collection of vanity license plates to phonetically spell out the preamble to the US Constitution in abbreviated script. All fifty states and the District of Columbia are represented in alphabetical order. Though the plates rarely make sense on their own, together they re-create one of the greatest documents in American history. This work represents the meaning of the phrase "the United States" with a fun twist.

Smithsonian American Art Museum: Commemorative Guide. Nashville, TN: Beckon Books, 2015.

Title
Preamble
Artists
Date
1987
On View
Dimensions
96 x 96 in. (243.8 x 243.8 cm.)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Gift of Nissan Motor Corporation in U.S.A.

Mediums
Classifications
Keywords
  • History – United States – Constitution
  • Architecture – vehicle – detail
Object Number
1988.39
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