Asheville artists are placing their work out on city streets for any passerby to pick up, and it is awesome. These random acts of art are nothing new, but the artists seem to have picked up their game recently.
For the past couple of months, my friend and artist Zen has been decorating small oval magnets and then placing them on cars and metal structures around town. His Random Oval Magnet Project even has an official Facebook page. Zen, ever the creator and an excellent photographer, describes his project thusly:
ROMP – The Random Oval Magnet Project is an art project started by zen Sutherland of hand-and-spray-painted oval magnets placed mostly on random cars and some stationary metal objects in the Asheville, NC USA area.
Because they are easily removed I encourage people to swap and take the magnets and place them elsewhere (like on your own car), or on your refrigerator in the trash if that’s what you want to do. You or your cars are the gallery for a constantly shifting work of art that is ever-changing and moving.
ROMP magnets cannot be bought. They are either found or – seeing me on the street – asking me for one!
I don’t know if this was a one-time deal, or if Free Art Fridays will continue.
As I noted earlier, Asheville has a vibrant street art scene. The mural scene gets a lot of attention because it often gets unfairly termed graffiti, an issue that Asheville city officials have come down on hard over the past couple of years. Other examples: each fall, somebody creates a mandala-type piece made of flowers in downtown Asheville; the yarn bombing that occurs is fun; what other examples are out there?