It was an exceptionally windy day last Tuesday. Peter battled against the elements to tape up drawings around the bollards of Katoomba St.
Last time he utilised different places, including the handrails in the courtyard where the library used to be, but has been warned that this is risky. On the one hand, the drawings aren’t made to be left there – and in practice they don’t last long. On the other hand, a fine for whatever the authorities would call it would really bite into my promotional budget.
So, Tuesday only saw about a dozen pieces go up out of over fifty set aside. A reconnaissance mission took place today, bringing in reinforcements, to complete the art drop and even approach businesses about whether they would like to feature a piece in their window for people to pick up.
Poulet’s chicken shop had wall space for a Bugatti, Ricky Ponting and Marilyn Monroe.
Kurt Vonnegut was at the Chemist and Claudia Cardinale at the Lebanese kebab shop.
We finished off by leaving a Picasso at Big Beet.
Thank you to everyone who helped in this endeavour! There are still 12 drawings left to distribute – maybe four for each bollard next time I’m in Katoomba.
Remember this for next year: Art Drop Day 1st Tuesday in September.
We’re brainstorming how this idea could help find homes for the many portraits waiting in Peter’s studio.
The general idea is to join a world wide treasure hunt for random artwork. Each artist leaves work in a public place and posts to social media using the hashtag #artdropday. They can be as clear or cryptic as they want. Anyone can browse posts with this tag and look out for any drops in their area.