Yep, someone added to the sculptures that ring the playground at Meridian Park. (For some beautiful shots of the other sculptures, see Jeff Ng’s photostream on Flickr.)
This morning, we heard from the artist himself, who forwarded his note to the original artist:
Hope you are doing well, I really like the dragon knocker on your site. (enough of me kissing yer ass)
I’ve re-armed your sailor boy sculpture that has was damaged and disintegrating at Meridian Playground by my house. I thought my addition was great, a bit tongue in cheek but a nice addition. Unfortunately while I was making my install tonight (surreptitiously of course) I was accosted by some crazy lady who was completely bent out of shape. I thought nothing of it but she returned with her drunk husband and buddy to berate me. Some choice quotes, “This is no longer whimsical. I’m on the committee. You’re an idiot! You ruined the park. You’re an idiot! I worked hard on this park and you ruined it. You brought a gun to the park. You must have voted for Bush. You’re an idiot! You don’t understand kids. I’m sending this picture to the parks dept, the artist and the cops. You’re an idiot!” So feedback has been mixed so far. I will say the bums bbg’ing in the background loved it. And a bunch of other folks coming by, but I suspect you’ll hear first from this crazy lady.
If you get called to cut off the gun, I’d love to get it back, I spent way too much time and effort to get this on there. I am bummed my welder wasn’t penetrating like I’d hoped, so I had to lay down way to much in futile attempt to attach. The kids torso was breaking loose from the pants so I figured I better act on my fantasy cooked up after endless swinging sessions a few weeks ago.
I still am hoping to get your assistance on my backyard project I talked to you about awhile ago. Or you can tell me I’m an idiot. Turns out I kinda like that.
Hope to see you soon,
He adds “Would hate to have this summarily removed without input from all my fellow wallinghood peace mongers! Personally I think this kicks ass, but really what do I know.”
So, Wallingford, what do you think?