Non-Sign II by architects Annie Han and Daniel Mihalyo (Lead Pencil Studio) is a billboard to be reckoned with. If you happened to cross the border between British Columbia and Washington State, chances are you will see this artwork. The project was commissioned by the US government and is situated along the US-Canada border, on the American side of the border. After you cross back in, it is along your route back onto the highway from the checkpoints.
In an interview with The Stranger’s visual arts writer Jen Graves last year, the architects described their inspiration for the project as follows:
They noticed the way the area is packed with signs—advertising billboards, and then, closer to the border, a proliferation of government signs. Their hope is that their sign, flying by enigmatically ("What was that?"), will add a little bit of awareness to the whole signage landscape in the border zone. Just open up a free space, really. How very American. The empty rectangle frames only a view of sky as you drive by, nothing else.