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Scavenger Art

Monday, September 22nd, 2008

Free Art

Here in Chicago, there is an artist that goes by the name of Skoff. Skoff creates pieces of art work that he places around town for anyone to merely pick up and take home for free. These free pieces, which are typically abstract, are found in parks, train yards, bridges, etc. After Skoff places one of his pieces in a spot, he then photographs the work in its surroundings. Then, he puts the photos on his website along with clues on where to find the location. Free art!

Since you never know when Skoff will be making another offering, you have to keep checking his website. Well, Sunday, he placed nine new pieces around Chicago, including one that apparently had money in the canvas. Skoff suggested the finder use the money on someone other than themselves. “Who is he, Oprah, ” Apryl asked.

One of the pieces, which was shown propped up on a train car, was in a place I knew that was near Fletcher, popular camera/audio rental house. So, I got in my car and made a dash to the railroad tracks. Unfortunately, I got there too late and the piece was long gone. As I was leaving I spotted another piece on a bridge. It looked so funny just resting on the bridge, waiting for someone to come by and claim it as their own. Even though it’s abstract, it reminds me of Andrew Bird’s Mysterious Production of Eggs cover.

Me and Free Art

Now, I have no idea what I am going to do with this art work, but it sure was fun to find!