Read about the art gift I received—and how it made me think of my own efforts.
Artwork From A Stranger
I'd never received art by a stranger until now! My therapist at McLean found this portrait painted on a stone . He saved it for me!
Patients there had painted rocks and hid them outside. They weren't all portraits like this one. But this was the perfect gift!
It was very meaningful. I was grateful of Mark and I wish I could talk to the artists who left artwork for others. I hope they are doing well and continue to stay creative!
Not knowing who left this stone portrait makes it more special. But I wish I could say "hello" and "thank you" to this anonymous friend.
This gift taught me more about what I do. Cheering up strangers with art gifts. It doesn't always have to be about the art. Nor about receiving a "thing" for free.
Sometimes the sentiment is all that matters. A little piece of creative time and effort. It's worth a lot when you don't expect it.
The fact that I can't thank the artist makes it even more special.
When I went outside—at McLean Hospital—I started to pay attention more. Look around at the stones. I was in the moment, which is unusual for me. Often I'm occupying some fragmented collage of space and time.
Public art changes how we experience a space. In the case of that forbes article, the effort and changes are massive. You don't need a formal multi-million dollar public art effort to bring great change to a public space though.
I Want More of This
I hope we can have more art like this in Leominster. I've been hoping since I started dropping art here and there that others would too. It will happen.
Inspire and motivate me. Give me some feedback in the comments!