Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Shed any light?

The artist Cornelia Parker created this installation, with the help of the army, whom she called in, as you do, to blow up a garden shed, the pieces of which she then gathered together and suspended around a light bulb, as you do.

Could an intention to be artistic be the motivation behind the following crime which I read about in Tuesday’s local paper: “Police are keen to hear more about a bizarre crime in B---------- at the weekend.
At 10.30am on Saturday a man was seen dismantling a shed at D------ Hotel on B----------‘s P---- Road. The shed was then left, in bits, in the hotel grounds.
The man seen was 25 years old. He was wearing camouflage clothing and possibly a fluorescent jacket”.

This makes me laugh a lot and it’s not the bizarre crime but the last bit... The witnesses are sure about his exact age and that he was wearing camouflage clothing. However they are not sure if he was wearing a fluorescent jacket. Seems back to front. I don’t mean the maybe-or-maybe-not jacket is back to front. I mean that the clothing just wasn’t doing its job was it? The camouflage wasn’t doing its job if it was so clear and memorable, and the fluorescent jacket wasn’t doing its job if it was so unnoticeable that it can’t be certain if it was even there at all.


Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

A truly ironic incident!

And Anne, turn about is fair play. I've tagged you for a meme. Check out today's post on my blog.


Doorman-Priest said...

Indeed..."as you do!"