Sunday, March 18, 2007
Robb and I were driving to a letterboxing event, when I shouted out something along the lines of, "What the heck is that!?!?!" and pulled off the road. Right in the middle of Centralia, Washington is what has to be the most amazing folk art installation I've ever seen.
Robb wasn't feeling especially well, and said that he was going to lay down in the car. I nervously introduced myself to the artist, and asked if I might look around. I thought that if I were lucky, he might allow me to take a few pictures, and then send me on my way.
Actually, he grabbed me by the elbow, and took me on a whirl-wind tour of his sculpture garden, all the while talking a mile a minute. The place is huge, and the artist, Richard Tracy, had a lot to say. And unfortunately, Robb had not taken the car keys from me, so was stranded in the front yard, while I was being hauled around the back. Not good.
The artist uses found material -- primarily styrofoam -- which he paints black and white, and then allows nature to erode.
Although the bulk of the work was quite monumental, the individual parts were quite delightful.
The artist hands visitors long fabric tassels, on hooks, and asks the visitors to hide them among his work. I believe that the act of searching his own art work allows him the opportunity to see everything with fresh eyes.
Let's hear it for the act of hunting for hidden art works!