I totally love how riled up some people are getting about Shelburne artist Don Miller’s piece “Saturn and Cronus” on David Street, just north of Courtland. The only enemy is apathy.
Don (above) and a team of volunteers painted, and I mean completely painted, two abandoned houses that had been stressing the neighbourhood due to squatters inhabiting them. Some neighbours wanted the houses torn down immediately and were very unhappy to have demolition delayed by this art piece. So it was with a large amount of cautious suspicion that Don came over and talked to me as I took photos. I’m a friendly!
Don told me it was important that everything was painted.
Giant arrows. One for each house. See the one sticking out of the second story window in the white house?
Volunteer and artist Jess Firsoff was running the black paint, covering grass and fence. I recall shooting Jess’ mirrored peephole piece “Pyramid Scape” last year at the WalterFedy Dreamscapes show.
Volunteer and artist Shannon Figuereo was running the white paint, hitting the shrubs trees and grass along the driveway.
I love the scale of this piece. With the houses totally covered in paint, they become more of an abstract concept of a house. I couldn’t help thinking this would make a great backdrop for a photo shoot. Get there.