thank god i'm almost done with the 350.org project. it's been rewarding and insightful but i'm ready to move on. it's been a long 3 weeks getting work up.
sensing it was time to get up, i awoke at 4 a.m. (although i set the alarm on my phone last night, i ended up leaving it in another room.) i made coffee, collected 3 day old wheat paste from the garage and set off in darkness to my destination 20 miles away. in the cloud-heavy, humid morning chill and darkness, i used my headlight to do an installation on a coal train bridge abutment going as high as i could above the graffiti. school buses and 18 wheelers were the only traffic, passing sporadically. their headlights would momentarily flash on the spot where i was working prompting me to turn off the headlight and freeze in position on the ladder.
the coal train bridge passes over a small wash. because of the recent end of the monsoon season rains, the wash was quite muddy making stabilizing the ladder tricky. and the mud! i've mud everywhere. i can't believe i once thought getting off white upholstery in my car was ever a good idea. there's nothing worse than the combination of clay-like mud mixed with funky smelling, old wheat paste which is now stuck on each of the rungs of my 16 foot extension ladder.
yes, it was a good morning. (photos to follow.)