Colores RodantesAzul loco y verde loco del lino en rama y en flor. Mareando de oleadas baila el lindo azuleador. Cuando el azul se deshoja, sigue el verde danzador: verde-trébol, verde-oliva y el gayo verde-limón. ¡Vaya hermosura! ¡Vaya el Color! Gabriela Mistral Fragmento del poema ¨Ronda de Colores¨
It is a challenge to write about one episode in a project that has gone on about 18 years. Trying! Lots was never written about. A teacher at a New Brunswick school, friendly, imaginative, dependable, way in the beginning she wanted to participate in the hubcap show with her students. We gave her 45 hubcaps and in about 2 or 3 weeks she returned them all to us painted. We then took them to the University of Medicine and Dentistry-Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, in Piscataway, NJ. We hung them vertically in the Great Hall. We had a bad camera..the lighting was also bad..We had no Photoshop back then..all we have is memories..mostly! Here comes the story.
J.C. Sarpong is a good friend of mine and gifted sculptor. We were exhibiting his bronze sculptures at the student center of RWJMS-UMDNJ. So J.C. was familiar with what was going on. He saw an opportunity where he could help. His roomies took videos. They had equipment, skills. The way I remember it we took the video of hubcap related images and activities. We were happy with it and passed it on to J.C. to make a copy or 2.
He did that and delivered back to me a VHS which I promptly delivered to the teachers desk at the school. She wasn’t there. I left it on her desk and went on with the day. Maybe at this point you can anticipate where this is going and can finish the story yourself!!!!
At this point it does get very hard to continue. Suddenly my box of crayolas spills over to a zillion nuances..the teacher called me a little latter in the day..horrified..incredulous what did you leave on my desk!!!!!
J.C.s roomies had illicit video activities..in truth they did have the equipment and skills..and also a sense of humor…reminds me always of the kind of accidents young people have when they have had too much to drink..they switched our VHS for another.
So, all our collective good will, imagination, efforts was be-smirched…blotted out..why the hell not..did we think it would be different for us!!?? have to stop..intermission.