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Treefort Tarps

…and they are UP!

By | Ordinary Days, Treefort Tarps

It is DONE!

All seven Tarps Picadas are hung — and I — and all who helped me, have lived to tell the tale!

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We got it done today, and it went like this…

Mike and I met Sue Latta at 9:00 at the Record Exchange, and after taking in the fact that the parking lot was full of parked cars (Duh!) — including down the length of the wall on which we planned to hang the tarps — we got to work.

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Sue would drill a hole about 13ft from the ground, sink the anchor, then screw in the screw and washer while Mike steadied the ladder and handed up the hammer and drills as she needed them.

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I would get the next tarp ready for hanging then flit around reminding them to be careful, and mixing up whose coffee was whose.

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Finally after about 3 hours people started to move their cars — and say nice things about the tarps, which of course made me feel bad about being mad that their cars had been parked 6 inches from the wall for most of the installation — and so I steadied the ladder while Mike worked on securing our final tarp.

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I think they look great!

I could not have survived this project without all my helpers putting the tarps together: mom, Barb Bowling, Marilyn Frazier and Terry Burkes. Getting them photographed: Jake Soper and Moriah Christiansen. And today getting them hung: Mike, and Sue Latta.

We do look pleased with ourselves don’t we? Well, we earned it!

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The blue tarp to the left of Mike and Sue in those photos will be on the cover of the Weekly next Wednesday the 19th. It will be auctioned at the Weekly’s annual charity art auction in November. The fates of the other six tarps is a little foggier at this point.

Go see them while they are looking good, and let me know what you think!

Sunday’s Tarp

By | Ordinary Days, Treefort Tarps

And Sunday’s Tarp is bonny and blithe and good and gay and DONE! Which means I have finally finished fabricating these wonders. The Seven Wonders of the polyvinyl and duck tape world.

Here ’tis, “Treehouses of the Rising Sun”…

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Halle-freaking-lujah!

Numero Cinco

By | Ordinary Days, Treefort Tarps

Five down, two to go. This one is called “Night and Day” for fairly obvious reasons.

Night:

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and Day:

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I’m hopeful that this tarp’s pink sky is one which brings delight rather than warning. There’s really only so much weather that these wonders can resist.

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Here’s a picture of this tarp in my livingroom. I’m looking forward to having that room back for living in. Soon!

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Tarparazzo

By | Ordinary Days, Treefort Tarps

“Treefort Blues,” the second tarp I finished in my marathon race to complete these monsters, er,… pieces of ephemeral public art, is the tarp which will grace the cover of the Weekly on March 19th.

Jake Soper of Evermore Prints will photograph the tarp for the Weekly. Jake has done beautiful, meticulous work for Mike and me as well as tons of other artists in Boise, and I know his work on this photo will be great.

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Jakes’s a bit worried about glare off that dagnabbed polyvinyl, but as the wise men say, “glare happens.”

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Meanwhile I have been given the gift of more time — the tarps will be installed on Friday the 14th, which allows me four more days of breathing room than I had planned on, and believe me, I need them. Every day I do battle with these tarps and duck tape and actually survive to blog about it is a victory that is hard to describe.

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Margaret Thatcher said “You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it.” I wonder if she ever duck taped anything. I kind of doubt it. If she had she would know that duck tape actually wins more often than not, so her quote would have been more along the lines of “You may have to fight a battle more than a gazillion times to win it.”

I have proof:

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I can only assume these people are smiling because like me they believe that art is worth it.