Yes, after just two and a half days on the telephone pole, the Brave Little Painting, created by the Mystery Painter of Lower Wallingford and nailed to a pole on N Pacific, at the foot of Sunnyside (below 37th) by Barb B., has disappeared. The writing was on the wall, as Barb reported yesterday that she saw some 20-somethings testing its security, but still, we thought it would last longer. The other telephone pole paintings in Lower Wallingford have fared months, at least, without harm.
Really, though, should we feel angry, melancholy, or joyful? Is a painting nailed to a telephone pole truly free? Did Barb own it? Perhaps it will bring edification and growth to those who took it, and what more can we ask of a painting?
It reminds us of an art project our friend Nicole Kistler installed in Texas, in which hundreds of plastic animals (bears, penguins, flamingos) were left marching across a college lawn. Their inevitable disappearance over the following weeks was considered part of the piece, and she followed up with “Missing” posters. Slowly, over a period of months, many of the animals started returning, often with bits and pieces of story attached to them: a dreadlock wig on one, a Dali moustache on another, a diary with a third.
Still, if you know what happened to the painting, let us know. And if you took it, you’re a douche.