Thursday, August 20, 2009
RIP Cali: a site specific installation
After my beloved cat Cali heaved her last dignified breaths in the privacy of my apartment, I had to figure out where to bury her. Unsure about the laws regarding such matters, I enlisted my friend Courtney to help me dig a hole somewhere remote.
Our first attempt at this failed as the ground was too rooted and rocky to get deeper than one inch. Desperate, we decided to hit a public patch of land where we knew the soil would be softer and easier to get a shovel in.
As we were digging the hole I spotted one of those do gooder neighborhood-watch type ladies circling the property with her dog. They both had their eyes on us.
"I swear to god if she comes over here tell her we're doing an art project or something," I whispered to Courtney.
I put the shovel down and started walking to the car to retrieve my little corpse announcing loudly over my shoulder "I'm just gonna go grab the camera okay??"
From the backseat of the car I watched the woman approach Courtney. They exchanged some words and then the woman walked away.
According to Courtney the conversation went something like this:
Neighborhood Watch Lady: I see you're digging a hole.
NWL: Whatcha gonna put in it?
Courtney: It's an art project for school
NWL: Oh! Like Andy Goldsworthy!
Courtney: yes. exactly.
The lesson of the story is: If you're in a sticky situation and don't know how to get out of it, just tell them it's art.