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Sand Fire poster
These Sand Fire posters were artist Joel Hagen's practical joke for the Death Valley Space Art Workshop. Looking very official, and with a plausible text, the posters announced to rookie snowbirds and even experienced tourists that the colorful rocks which make up Death Valley were in fact highly combustible compounds. A carelessly thrown match could start an uncontrollable sand fire. We posted many warnings at every viewpoint and stop we came to in our first days at the workshop.
We secretly watched as the tourists read with surprise, then quickly and carefully doused their cigarettes. We even watched park rangers through binoculars who would read and re-read carefully, scratching their heads, with the roguish band of space artists giggling from a distance. It was nearly a week before they figured out that this was a prank, and began pulling our many warnings down.