Jagdeep Singh rolled his wheelchair to a chain-link fence bordering Miller High School and carefully fastened hand-lettered, multicolored tags spelling his favorite expression: "Peace for all countries."
"I want to tell everyone we should have peace in the world and stop fighting," the 18-year-old student said.
Singh was one of more than 200 students who spent Friday afternoon putting the finishing touches on "Words on Wires," a public art project that joined over 150 disabled students from Miller High School with approximately 100 of their peers at nearby Cleveland High School.
Students used 6,000 colored, hand-painted pet tags and attached them to the Roscoe Boulevard fence to say whatever they wanted.
"Some were silly, some were serious, we just had a lot of fun doing it," said Miller High School teacher Linda Ditomaso.
"I'm crazy for chocolate," was 18-year-old Miller High student Michelle Labobitz's message of self-expression.
"I'm a chocoholic," Labobitz explained. "I'm addicted."
Funded with a $5,400 grant from the Los Angeles Cultural Affairs Department, the project was the brainchild of artist Elizabeth Criss. Criss, who has a disabled daughter, said she hopes the public art display will form a link between the students at Miller High School and the 40,000 people that drive by the school daily.