Friday, May 23, 2008
Had Enough !
Artist jumps from bridge
They've (the police) been watching me."
" This whole "arresting artists" thing started when I began displaying."
" My entire income depends on our First Amendment Rights and I'm scared that we will lose this battle."
These are statements made by one of our Art In The Market artists. We will not play armchair psychologist here but fragile psyches can sometimes interpret events in a highly personalized self centered manner,
The last time this artist displayed in the Plaza, he was watched for three hours by an overtime officer assigned for this specific purpose (as the officer admitted) The bicycle patrolman stayed within 50 feet of this artist's exhibit near the cannon on the western side of the Plaza. He was the only artist there on a weekday evening.
Last Wednesday this artist climbed up a portion of the temporary tower pictured above and pitched himself into the St. John's River. Why? Alcohol was said to be involved but those who know the artist acknowledge that he was sometimes in a fragile paranoid state and we were concerned about his mental state. He is a talented painter and we were encouraging him to stick with it. Recent citations and police sweeps may have taken him over the brink. He is now in the St. John's County Jail and a psychiatric evaluation will hopefully take place.
Posted by Karl at 9:48 PM