A week or so ago, we spotted this cut-out on telephone poles going up 40th from the U District. We asked the Twitterverse what was up:
Seen these popping up along 40th in Wallingford. Who knows the story? http://t.co/lYW7Y7z
But heard few clues back: Sarah said she’d seen similar signs around Green Lake, but without the hair, but that was it.
Fast forward to this past Thursday evening, which found us at the Fred Wildlife Refuge on Capitol Hill for the City Arts Art Walk Awards. A friend of ours went missing from the thumping beats, off for a private conversation up the stairs, through the door, around the obstacle, past the balcony and out the back. Time was winding down, and we were dispatched for a rescue mission up the stairs, through the door, around the obstacle and past the brightly lit room in the back with the blue tape and the kneeling man.
Something about the shape of the blue tape rung a bell.
There he was, in the flesh, the Bald Man Watching artist himself. According to his Flickr page:
Baldmanwatching is an experiment in artistic endurance. The artist will continue to recreate and remake the image of The Bald Man in what ever form it manifests for the rest of the artist’s life. This project began in 2001.
BMW wants to remain anonymous for the time being, but you can see his work on the Bald Man Watching Flickr page.
Or head up to Fred on May 12th for the opening of the “Chin Mayo” show BMW is putting on in collaboration with Day Chan.