Sunday, May 24, 2009

what the WHAT?!: a major snag...

when we last left the mural, it looked like this...


oh, but when i got there on Friday, it looked like this...
don't see a difference? look carefully at the scaffolding...

does that wood look weird to you?
see those metal bars just sorta dangling all this way and that?
see, that stuff's not supposed to be on the ground like that... it's supposed to be all attached and helpful and safe up top. 
you'll also notice that the stuff that is now on the ground, used to be a safety cage on the 4th level... you know, protecting me and whatnot. 
these pieces of metal are, theoretically, supposed to provide support and reassurance of safety... they shouldn't be hanging by a thread and all dangly like that. 


yep. 
so it seems that i, the consummate believer in the power of public art and transformation has been victimized. it seems, at least to SOME people, that the best thing about this mural is the access to a little "easy" money. the vandalism was, most likely, an attempt at a get rich quick scheme--- dismantle some parts, sell them to a scaffolding company (maybe a rival company, maybe the company that owned them to begin with). all i know is, my scaffold doesn't work anymore; someone who didn't belong on it was on it and did bad things to it; and for some reason, didn't even take the pieces with them when they were done! maybe they got spooked. who knows. 

what i DO know is, i spent the rest of the day trying to get a remedy to the problem and at this point, the only resolution is that the company will put it back together for me... sort of. They won't, it seems, be putting the top access gate back up... because it's "too expensive" (i'm guessing its too expensive a risk to take to maybe have it be dismantled, damaged or stolen)... in the meantime, i will have to see if i am even remotely comfortable climbing all the heck back up there without any leverage, anything to grab on to or steady myself to pull myself up to the top level. 

yeah. 
this is glamorous. 

cross your fingers that a.) when i give it a whirl on monday, it's not so bad and at least do-able enough for me to go up ONCE and finish all the faces in one day, b.) that if it IS terribly scary that i'll be able to convince someone to put the piece back up, or c.) that the mural magically completes itself (or that i grow wings and develop hummingbird like skills and can paint while hovering). 

oh dear. 

2 comments:

Leeanna Butcher said...

oh NO! stupid thugs. ARGH. :( I hope that all goes smoothly for you on Monday-I'll be thinking of you. Paint safely! As much as I love the visual of you hovering with hummingbird wings and blithely painting away, I can't see that happening anytime soon... :D

Nancy said...

That's Baltimore for ya. Grr...