Well something very surprising happened on Monday: I received a comment from an unfamiliar name on that blog post:
usemeee said...I couldn't believe it! Could it be true?! And just who was this commenter? The artist themselves? Or a passer by who noticed it and remembered my blog post and took the time to look it up and leave me a comment? And were they telling the truth or just messing with me?
Call me cynical (I am) but I wondered if the comment was sincere or if someone was sending me on a wild goose chase. However, I was not taking any chances of missing this piece again, if it *was* there. But since the message arrived on a bike-friendly weather day and I had no plans after work, there was no harm in me biking over there as soon as I got home that night to check it out.
And that's precisely what I did!
As I approached, from a block away, I saw it - I saw the stark, clean white garments against the dirty gritty background of Queens. Holy crap! It really *was* there!!
I pulled the cruiser over and got a bunch of photos. Enjoy!
While I was there taking photos, a young man who was there with his girlfriend asked to photograph me for an "art project". I let him take my photo and asked him if he was the artist. He said no, but I wondered... A short while later, another man asked to photograph me with his cell phone, and I let him. I also asked him if he was the artist, but he, too, denied it. Since I rarely get photos of me with my bike, I asked him to take a photo of me with my own camera:
My shirt says it all: I <3 NY! And this is just one reason why - my bike, random art and adventures. Life is good and I'm so thankful to live in this great city!
To the artist - thank you so much for having the vision to take something so seemingly ordinary and turning it into art. And kudos to whatever you went through to execute the installment. I can't imagine how you got into that caged area.
To the commenter, (if you are not one in the same, but I have a feeling you might be) thank you for alerting me so quickly. Not only was the news completely unexpected, but being able to see and photograph this piece was truly the highlight of my day. And you have no idea how badly I needed something to look forward to and put a smile on my face that night. Your timing was perfect.
If you're in the area, check it out. It likely will not be up for long- it may even be gone already!