"If providence did beards devise,
To prove the wearers of them wise,
A fulsome goat would then, by nature,
Excel each other human creature." - Thomas D'Urfey

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Wednesday Words of Wisdom

We live very close to Port Townsend.  Now Port Townsend touts itself as being an 'old Victorian seaport', and indeed it is just that.  It was the original entryway into the Puget Sound when Seattle was just a thought.  It is dotted with beautiful old Victorian homes and strives to maintain that ambiance.  But Port Townsend is also known for the arts - be that painting, drawing, sculpture, theater or any other form.  So really, should it have come as any surprise when the goatmother and goatfather tootled up Sims Way one morning and came upon this:

                                          Photo courtesy the Port Townsend Leader

What the hay????????!

Well, you see the city of Port Townsend, amidst much controversy, recently installed two round-abouts on Sims Way coming into town.  This sculpture appeared very early one morning in the center of the second round-about.  A city Halloween decoration?  Uh, that would be a 'No'.  For you see, Port Townsend is also known to be the home of 'Guerilla Art'.  Some time, in the dead of night, black-clad ninja-like forms covertly run about setting up random acts of art.  One never knows when or where they will appear.

Now the fantastic thing about this piece was the sheer magnitude of it, and the thought that anyone, or any number of someones, could manage to erect something that size without anyone knowing.  In case you can't quite make it out, it is a giant spider consuming a full-sized Volkswagen.  No kidding.  And, if you look to the left, there is an empty pink baby stroller.  Oy.  Now how cool is that?

The goatmother and goatfather went on to eat breakfast thinking they would take a picture of it when they were finished.  The city had other ideas and the whole thing was completely dismantled and taken away by the time they got back.  I, for one, really think they should have left it.  I mean how many cities do you know that have giant spiders eating Volkswagens on the way into town?

Personally I wish the ninjas would come back and erect some giant form of art there every year.  Maybe even two or three times a year.  I mean art is to be appreciated and Guerrilla Art, well, that has to be admired  simply on the basis of its improbability. 

"It's enough for you to do it once for a few men to remember you. But if you do it year after year, then many people remember you and they tell it to their children, and their children and grandchildren remember and, if it concerns books, they can read them. And if it's good enough, it will last as long as there are human beings." - Ernest Hemingway.

Wednesday's Words of Wisdom are this:  Support the arts.  Well, I guess I've done my part.  I think I'll go have a Peanut and figure out how I can get someone to erect a giant goat eating a Peanut.


Mimi Foxmorton said...

If more people committed Random Acts of Art the world would be a much better place.

Peanuts to you, luv!

Anonymous said...

I can't believe the powers that be disassembled the random act of art! What is wrong with people? Obviously, they have peanuts for brains and coal lumps for hearts.


Claire the Shepherdess said...

That is simply terrific! Why can't city officials have a bit of a sense of adventure? Leave it up until Halloween at least. Spoilsports. Grumpy old government goons, they are! Oy!