This is a strange week to be sharing such a euphoric image. We had hoped to install Andrea Sonnenberg's photo of a dog and a person high-fiving as a sort of celebration of summer. But this is no week to celebrate. So, instead, we offer this piece as a brief distraction and re-energizing force after a heavy few days. A chance to step back, smile, and recharge before we go back to the street to defend ourselves.
Usually, when we install a piece, we take a few quick photos and bounce before anyone even notices us, much less the poster we've installed. But with this piece, something cool happened: A man on his bike stopped in his tracks and stared at the piece for a good minute. That's more time than most people give to a painting at The Met. We didn't speak to the guy, so we don't know what he was thinking, but it was clear that he realized this was something out of the ordinary, something exciting. Then he got back on his bike and rode away.
Andrea says, "In a world absolutely suffocated with advertisements, I think the message of Art in Ad Places is crucially important. If I could distract or inspire people from the norm of their consumer-driven lives, even for just a fleeting moment, I think it makes a difference."
Dunno about you, but we needed one moment of pure kindness and joy this week. Andrea's work delivered. Now, let's recharge and fight some damn Nazis.