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Frog Princess Calls the Monsoon and the Fireworks

FrogprincessOn July 3 Frog Princess crawled up out of the Rio Santa Cruz, shook the mud off her gown and called to the sky for rain and fireworks.


50¢ worth of innocence

Pollyanna was happy to find an illustrated 1924 copy of Raggedy Ann and Andy and the Camel with the Wrinkled Knees at St Vincent de Paul for 50¢.
Pasted on light poles along S 4th Avenue, especially concentrated around Safford School.
A celebration of innocence.

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A self-service honor system table: 65 objects painted or engraved with Souvenir Of Tucson
Inspired by
1. Childhood memories of longing, longing to go into souvenir stores and buy some little thing. 2. The delicious non-sequitur nature of souvenirs that have nothing to do with the place they are sold.
3. Deep admiration for self pay, honor system roadside farm stands.
4. Years of feeling the absurd ambiguity of having to price artwork.

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Invisible Desert


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Guerrilla Street Tree Planting

Infinite patience is rewarded with infinite joy!

This works best on properties with indifferent tenants and  landlords that don’t care.

Dig up volunteer seedlings from vacant lots and plant them. A stake (salvaged pieces of pipe are nice) helps keep them from getting stepped on. 
Scrounge pieces of cast off hose from brush-and-bulky piles on the alley and hook them up to the faucets.  

Planted May 17 2011. Three little seedlings on the brutally hot west side of a three unit house.  The tenants like to sit on the steps and visit.
Someday they will be able to sit in the shade.

Four years from seedling to street tree

This tiny mesquite seedling sprouted beside an old stump in 2007. A little water  and look: Shade in 2011!