The big day dawned and all the figures were completed including fitting the dog with a collar and bone.
Thanksgiving 2015 was a cool but sunny morning. The 5K run/walk starts at 8.30pm. As the promotion says:-
“Enjoy a favorite area tradition, prepare for your Thanksgiving feast, run through scenic Princeton, NJ and help people in need. Run or walk in the Trinity Church Turkey Trot, a family friendly 5-K benefit event.”
I set up the camera on a tripod on the opposite verge from the installation and lay in wait for the first runners.
These are serious athletes, not really interested in public art along the way. They are racing plus they are coming to the first and only ‘hill’.
As the parade of 2,000 or so runners and walkers came by, the pace slowed, people had more time and enjoyed the view. Hooray!
A comment that day from a fellow walker and artist (photographer):-
“Your installation is terrific! I love the idea of computer- (ASCII-) like figures rendered not just in analog–but in PLANT. What a lovely addition to the neighborhood, and perfect for that spot! It’s true, from the few “site-specific” things I did, I thought the interactions with people are the best part. I’m curious about how everything is held together in your piece, but perhaps all is revealed in the blog. I’ll take a look as a treat during the post-turkey food coma.”