Artist Infiltrates Wikipedia
Brooklyn artist David Horvitz attempted to make Wikipedia his own personal gallery space.
David Horvitz took it upon himself to make a very personal contribution to the pages of Wikipedia. The Brooklyn-based artist took a two-week road trip up the Pacific Coast Highway from late December 2010 to early January 2011, starting at the Mexican border and ending up in Oregon. Along the way he photographed himself staring out at scenic bays and standing on desolate stretches of empty beach and uploaded these photos to the corresponding Wikipedia page for each geographical location.
This seemingly innocuous act prompted a slew of negative comments from die-hard Wikipedia editors, resulting in the cropping-out of Horvitz’s from some of his photographs and the actual deletion of others. The editors at Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons consider the quality and usefulness of their images to be paramount. Having a blurry or badly exposed photograph as the main image for the entry on Border Field State Park may not be the best way to educate the generalÂ populous, but you gotta love Horvitz’s chutzpah.