I was camping a good bit over the past month in Maryland. I stay at a few places near the Bay and then along some rivers. I had a lot of fallen barn wood and then some wire and such from some commercial new construction.
One place I camped was Elk Neck State Park , there I decided to have a mini art show at my campsite. I first pulled my truck up to the site and unloaded all of my gear and set up my site with tent and tables and work benches. Several people walk by and stared at me, I even heard one say “What the heck is he doing, is he going to build something with that wood or burn it?” I just laughed to myself.
The next morning after some coffee by the fire, I started seeing all of the materials I had in front of me and began to create. I made some progress on several different ideas but had not really nailed down anything complete by dinner time. So I had all of these random pieces of parts of sculpture ideas laid out by the trail. Lots of people stared and no one would say anything afraid they would offend the artist I guess.
The next day I began working and by that time certain neighbor campers and I had struck up conversations and they were curious to see what I was going to create. After I finished the first complete piece I placed it out by the trail a little further from where I was working to see if it would attract some visitors, and it did, KIDS.
Then the conversations started a lot more with these elementary children and teenagers. All asking why I was doing this and who hired me what was I making. One kid even asked if I was trying to make some money for the campsite fees, haha. I of course said, “Yes, tell your parents to come buy some art!!” After explaining my process of reclaiming building materials for my art and telling them that I climb in dumpsters at construction sites, they thought I was very cool.
I keep making pieces as the day went on and more and more walked by and questioned me. It was fun to see the guys that walked by at first with the weird stares to now see them with smiling and intrigued looks on their faces seeing my new creations.
Sunday came and the weekend was coming to a close and campers started exiting one site at a time, all driving by waving and some even asking for business cards. I really felt special when this one certain couple came by from Delaware and asked how much I was charging for the sculpture. I told and then gave them a TWOvital card, the lady looks at the card and says, “Hey, your that guy from Atlanta right!!” I said “Holy Cow, how do you know that?
She said “I read about you before…..” Made my weekend!!!!!!!!!
Here are some images of the experience