Some of the signs were covered in the notorious occupation "filth" with which municipal authorities are so concerned in all their eviction orders. He had rescued them in the heat of a police raid of the Oakland Commune at Oscar Grant (re: Frank Ogawa) Plaza moments before they were trampled by a herd of cops. He guarded them like relics from a lost occupy civilization bound for museums someday.
Each sign, a utopian wish someone brought to a demonstration.
A collective has awoken and begun recording its dreams,
It's only demand? GIVE US OUR WORLD BACK!
It's only injunction? OCCUPY EVERYTHING!
Who knows how many other precious dreams have been trammeled by police at occupies all over the world? Given such high stakes, how could the magnitude of such a loss be registered?
Perhaps the liberated societies of our not-so-distant future will look back upon people like this man as having built an ark on par with Noah's. They would, in that case, deeply respect him for having had the foresight to imagine a human civilization in which these signs would be precious.