Conceptual artist A K Mimi Allin is walking down Greenwood Avenue in Seattle, WA (between 65th & 87th St) embracing telephone poles. This is happening 2 hrs/day at either morning or evening rush hour, 3-5 times per week. The artist carries with her a blue sheepskin to wrap around the telephone poles, to make them embraceable, hinting at those fur-covered surrogates used to 'mother' orphaned animals in zoos.
When the blue fleece is laced up, she hugs the pole and thinks of a relationship—past, present, future or imagined—allowing the thoughts to come. When she's done hugging, she composes a handwritten letter and posts it right there on the pole. This 5-week project began on Friday 10 August 2012.
The artist's unspent love is on display that it might spark a dialog about where and when we meet—in dreams or on the street. Passersby will be invited to revisit their own real or imagined relationships.
"Surrogate" is a temporary public-art installation supported by Art Interruptions which is funded by SDOT 1% for the Arts funds and administered by the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs. It runs 5 weeks and launched on Friday August 10 in tandem with PhinneyWood Summer Streets 2012.