When I decided to leave my “Public Private Art Experiments” outside for a long time, I knew I was taking the risk of losing them. So I have been pleasantly surprised at the long life my trees enjoyed with little human interference during 2014.
You can see them here in October’s snow. I hadn’t documented them for a couple of months, but I checked on them most every day. One fell down in December for which I made a temporary repair, but they continued to hang on. And I continued to meet people who told me they had enjoyed coming upon them. So I was pretty shocked on December 23, when this scene greeted me.
Completely gone without even a trace of wire. I checked the creek and all around the various paths I walk, but found nothing. This spurred into making the less traveled trek to my east creek installation. By this time I wasn’t really surprised to fine this.
My choice to leave my works unattended is part of the excitement of the experiment. I certainly didn’t want someone to take them, but I also view it as all part of the collaboration. If anyone knows anything about what happened to them, I welcome news.
Meanwhile my nearly invisible and much more subtle collaboration with vines remains safe.
You can tell by my frosty nose that it was still up during this recent cold spurt.
I hope the wire isn’t just being sold, but however the materials reemerge in the world is all part of the process of the work, and how viewers engage with something I call art.