Those of us who tend to think with the right hemisphere of our brains will appreciate the night travels of the Phantom Sculptor. Let me give you some background. In Boulder Colorado, someone is leaving fully completed, epic metal sculptures on homeowner’s lawns as they sleep. The last donation was a 15-foot artistic composition made with a steel-reinforced post and a concrete base. The artist used everyday items, such as a socket wrench, and junk metal, like rusty chains and on top sits a solar-powered light to illuminate the work at night.
If you do any metal sculpting you know, you don’t just whip up a 15-foot piece of art overnight. My first question is: Where is this guy putting his work together and how it is that no one connects the dots? For instance, if you are pulling into your driveway one day and just happen to see your neighbor welding metal together in his garage, I think you can make a judgment call.
My second question would be: Why? The answer isn’t notoriety, not in the conventional sense at least. The artist does not sign the work. Instead, he leaves a tin box with a message that reads “I hope you enjoy this thing.” Each offering also contains a pair of handmade earrings that follow the general theme of the art. As my daughter said, when I was telling her this story, “Hello random.”
The gift of these captivating pieces has left the residents of Boulder asking some questions of their own. For example, how does this guy get these heavy sculptures on the lawn in the first place without waking up the neighborhood? The police department investigating the incidents has no idea. They report there are no drag marks on lawns and no tire marks that point to a method of transportation.
I have a theory of my own. Creative people, like me, have a burning desire to show their work. How many new blogs show up on the Internet every day? We write about our lives because it is cathartic. A writer simply wants to be read. Let’s face it. Not everyone will like what you write, and not all blogs are well-written, but still, new ones surface regularly and people see them.
If you are a visual artist who yearns to weld metal and pour concrete, what would be the equivalent of blogging? Maybe, dropping off your work on someone’s lawn? Whatever the reasons, the people of Boulder Colorado have been blessed with a night crawler who has Van Gogh vision.
The city’s leadership is less than amused because it presents them with a problem. What to do what the art? They have issued a warning to the Phantom Sculptor, remove the art or lose it forever. My third question would be: Is Boulder looking a gift horse in the mouth? My advice is to appreciate what is being given to you. I know I would, it sounds pretty funky. Apparently I am not the only one who feels that way. The Phantom Sculptor has built up quite a fan base, including some of the homeowner’s left with metal in their yard. Phantom Sculptor, if you are reading this, drop me a line, I’ll give you my address.
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