Recently, while hiking near the Purslane Run hiker/biker campsite, we chanced upon a so-called work of art. Aside from the drawing on the picnic table, the caption read: More Juan: Tour de Ignorance, 2013. Personally, I agree and disagree with this statement: artwork in the park certainly is ignorant, but instead of MORE JUAN, I could certainly use a whole lot less of him.
Okay, I have absolutely zero talent with a pencil or marker, so I admit that the picture took a certain degree of skill. However, we are talking about a national park here. Come on, man! Now I’m wondering precisely what Tour de Ignorance means. Does it mean that the artist wanting to be known as Juan has left a trail of nonsense all along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal?
Seeing this kind of reminded me of our recent post entitled The Indigo Witch Project. Somebody went to a whole lot of trouble creating some sort of stick sculpture in the ruins of Lockhouse 57. Could it have been a part of this Tour de Ignorance? Who knows?
I’m kind of approaching this tongue-in-cheek style, and I’m willing to admit that the artist(s) at work in the park have some skills. However, in the end, the true artiste will be armed with a paintbrush and a can of brown paint, and he or she will cover up this masterpiece with a coat or two of very welcomed latex. Juan, or whatever your name is, please buy a sketchbook. You’re not bad with a drawing instrument, but the park looks better without graffiti.