Recent Projects

 

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A friend poses with toadstool art by Christen Mattix.  Stay up to date with Christen’s art at www.facebook.com/christenmattix

The toadstool painting project was an attempt to beautify downtown and bring joy to people during a difficult election season and the anxiety caused by terrorist attacks around the world.  I didn’t ask permission because it was such a fine idea, I didn’t want to risk getting it shot down by City Hall before the public had a chance to see it.  I live in the entertainment district with a lot of low income people, and our front “yard” is a parking lot…I felt that a few colorful toadstools would enhance everyone’s view…Many of my neighbors don’t have cars and/or have disabilities that prevent them from getting out of the urban center.  So many people–taxi drivers, students, baristas, seniors–stopped to thank me for the toadstools that I felt I was doing a community service…

I worked in plain sight between the hours of 7 am and 6 pm with police cars regularly cruising past me.  Unfortunately, as I was painting my 9th toadstool in front of Bank of America on Cornwall, my luck turned and someone called the police.  It only takes one complaint to destroy a gift that brought happiness to so many people.  I have many regrets about the permitting process–I made many mistakes especially since it was my first attempt and I was working backwards, asking forgiveness for what I’d already done.  I offered to undo my work, since I felt it was my responsibility and didn’t want tax dollars to be wasted, but my offer was declined by the arts commissioner.

The life span of a mushroom is 7-10 days in the wild…The toadstool bollards lasted close to 2 months total…and now the spores of this idea have been released, and I look forward to seeing lots more bollard art, with permission, that is.

 

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2 thoughts on “Recent Projects

  1. dave says:

    I love your bollards.
    And I would have loved your painted ones too if the CoB didn’t think gray was a proper color in the public palette.

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