A few days before the action, a door frame with a painted stylized wall was erected on which these texts were added in Hungarian and English:
“A wall means self-closure and/or exclusion. This country would be far more livable if the walls were destroyed. This doorway will be build up with bread and dripping. On May 2015 at 19:30, if you are fed up with walls, come and help break them down: Eat a slice with us!“
After the artist laid down slices of bread with pork fat, the public helped “eat down” the wall.
Bread head sculptures – András Böröcz 2003 – New York
One of András Böröcz and his wife Robbin Ami Silverberg’s actions was carried out at the Popieluszko Square next to their apartment, the purpose of which was to have the pigeons floating in the square devouring or at least breaking down the sculptures made of bread. The pigeons walked around the bread heads, but did not harm them, paying tribute to Böröcz’s art. The square was named after a Polish priest murdered in 1987. Later the Polish community in Brooklyn erected a statue for his memory. The head of the statue was broken on the day before the initiation. Böröcz reacted with the Breadhead statue in action, documented by Robbin Ami Silverberg and become the Bread Head Story.
Since the end of our inaugural #50StateInitiative, we have been reflecting on the multitude of experiences we all shared over the past few months. For us, the most important victory was all that we were able to do it together. It is in this spirit of collective action that we invite you to reflect with us on the Thanksgiving holiday
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Although it’s impossible to trace the exact date of the first slang usage of “dough” as a term for money, it seems to have originated in the 19th century. Since bread was the traditional everyday necessity of life, to earn one’s living was to earn one’s bread, therefore bread became synonymous with money. On some unknown day, an individual whose identity is lost to historians simply substituted the word dough, and a new slang term came into use.