Friday, May 7, 2010

Photo of the Day, and a mystery

On Wednesday afternoon, when I went to the Amherst College gym, I saw an unexpected sight on the hill near the Octagon:

Why were there enormous letters on the hill, I wondered, and why was Amherst misspelled? Was it a prank? An accident? The offering of a group of visiting Williams students?

Yesterday, when I returned, the letters were gone. No trace of them, and no explanation. For now, the mystery remains.

6 comments:

Alexandra Grabbe said...

I love a mystery! Wish I had read this earlier. I would have called my brother who is a newspaper man out in your part of the state.

Sue Dickman said...

What's strange is that I saw no mention of anything in the local papers or on the Amherst website. You'd think there'd be a mention somewhere--those letters were awfully big--but so far, nothing. It really is strange.

Babette said...

I sense a story brewing...definitely could be a plot twist in part of your next novel, of course. The bestseller, of course. YOUR bestseller, of course.

Robyn said...

It was for the class called "Comedy as Artistic Strategy," about the intersection between humor and art. It was one of my classmate's installations, but unfortunately was vandalized the night it was put up.

Sue Dickman said...

Thanks for the explanation, Robyn. Was the misspelling the vandalizing or something else? It definitely looked cool up there, and I was very curious why it vanished so quickly.

Robyn said...

The misspelling was on purpose, part of the artwork itself. Someone tore it down the night it was installed.