Happy 10th Anniversary Deer Memorial
This past Monday (first day of Buck season in Pennsylvania) marked the 10th anniversary of Deer Memorial. This public installation caused quite a local stir back in ’04 when it appeared along Route 11 between Bloomsburg and Berwick. I remember driving to my mentor’s house (I was attending grad school at UArts at the time) a day or so after it was installed and seeing the WNEP-16 news car there and thinking, “Holy shit, this is going to be on the news!” Thankfully it was a slow day for local news; it landed as the top story on the 7pm news slot and then on the front page of the local paper. I was a server at a restaurant chain as well and overheard a bunch of people talking about it while I worked that week. Anonymity is awesome. It was so great to see and hear people talking about my work without them even knowing it was my art… or even thinking it was art at all! It was great to bring that urban Street Art mystery and excitement to rural PA. I don’t care if anyone thought it was art or even if they cared about art. The point was that it created a dialogue–between the work and individuals and then between each other. That’s what art should create, a dialogue, whether internal, external, or both. To this day, this piece remains one of my proudest achievements.