Today, a mixed report. I scattered exactly 500 maple leaves on one of the big paved pathways in Boston Common, each leaf tattoo’d with the latest stamp: TO REPORT A FALLEN LEAF…
How gratifying it was to stand to the side and watch passersby halting to look down at the leaves… and many stooping down excitedly to take a leaf as a souvenir.
I overheard a conversation behind me:
“That’s why that guy was picking up leaves yesterday! See! He stamped them.”
“Whadduzzitsay? William Cravis dot com slash leaf a message…”
Now, this is what an egomaniac artist like me dreams of: absolute strangers chanting
my name!!! – or, o.k., chanting my URL… basically the same thing.
However, the ensuing conversation dashed all my hopes, not just for my project,
but for the overarching project, The Big Project known as the human race:
“Yeah, I get it, they want to trick you into going to the website so that your computer
gets a virus…” It was a pessimistic male voice, with an unmistakably Jewish, Newark accent (although maybe my perception is colored by the fact that I’m currently reading Phillip Roth’s novel, The Plot Against America ).
A woman, adapting his tone, responded, “…and this is how they get your email address…”
Good people of the Park: it is not an evil ploy to steal your identity, or to bombard your
email inbox with spam. There will be no virus on your PC. It’s just a public art gesture designed to bring a smile to your daily routine…
NOTES: Yes, I am a Jew, not an anti-semite. And NO, I will not give up… when artists
lose faith in humanity, what’s left?