ELYRIA — It has been said that you can find art anywhere as long as you know where to look.
Apparently in Elyria, you need to look no further than the tall, wooden Ohio Edison electric poles that line city streets because on some of those poles, you may find a small piece of artwork left behind by an unknown artist.
With messages like “Do What Makes You Happy’’ and “Art: The Preferred Distraction for the Masses,’’ the anonymous artist obviously is trying to send a message to his intended audience. However, no one knows how long the original art has been nailed to the poles, who the intended audience is or who the artist might be.
“I haven’t seen them or received any phone calls from anyone that is concerned about them,” said Safety Service Director Mary Siwierka. “I couldn’t tell you who put them up.”
Siwierka said she only had one explanation.
“Maybe it’s someone who wants to spread art, one post at a time,” she said.
All of the artwork that one Chronicle-Telegram photographer found Tuesday was tacked on streets leading into downtown, including Kerstetter Way, Washington Avenue and Ridge Street. They are on small pieces of wood and painted with vibrant colors.
“I first noticed them on Pride Day,” said Tamela Grubb, executive director of Main Street Elyria. “But I have not been able to track down who is the mystery artist.
Maybe this is their way of getting attention, but I would only be guessing. I would like to know who’s doing them.”
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