Monday, July 16, 2012

Bombed

There are mysterious happenings in this city. First there is the Valentine Bandit who plasters downtown shop windows with valentines on February 14. Then this spring the artwork Michael was 'yarn bombed', covered with an intricate design of colored yarn. Now this. 'Tomato bombs' have appeared around the city in the last week or so. They are tomato plants in spray painted buckets with a simple note that reads: 


"Hi, I an a heiloom tomato. You may see some of my siblings around town. We are here for you to enjoy. Please water me, care for me and watch me grow. When my tomatoes are ready, enjoy them. Please leave me in my spot so as many people as possible can enjoy them. Love Portland Paste"


Rumor has it that Portland Paste is an 'anonymous collection of artists, activists and troublemakers' and seems to have some connection to the Occupy Maine encampment of last fall in Lincoln Park. I can't imagine what will 'hit' this city next.

25 comments:

  1. Well that's original.
    You are lucky you can laugh about such things.
    Here in Israel the bomb squad would come to check that bucket. Maybe the robot would blow it up.

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  2. What an interesting idea. I would feel guilty picking one of those tomatoes though.

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  3. that is really cool! makes me want to start something anonymously!

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  4. we could use more of this kind of social action.

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  5. Modern art, I like this idea, it's very original!
    Léia

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  6. As long as the trouble they make is to let tomatoes grow, they can make all trouble they want! What a funny and pretty idea!

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  7. I love this! Vandalism with a positive side.

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  8. Every town could use some "troublemakers" like these. :)

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  9. how very interesting! non-vandalism at its finest!

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  10. je trouve cela tres sympa et original

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  11. Wish that we had "troublemakers" such as these!

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  12. I hope someone does water them!

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  13. It's a lot better to grow tomatoes, than throw them. I remember the Valentine bandit way back in the early 80s when I lived in Portland.

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  14. Birdman -- I would like to meet this person. He/She sounds like they deliver a message with a sense of humor. -- barbara

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  15. Interesting idea. I'd love to taste an heirloom tomato. :)

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  16. Heirloom tomatoes are the best and what a great idea to have them "appear" around the city.

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  17. Good for Portland! Everybody needs strangeness in their lives.

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  18. we had similar encounters with Occupy LA at our city's last Art Walk. involved chalk instead of tomato bombs, though, we're not as green here in the city of angels.

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  19. oh, that is so very nice. i hope people will care for them... :)

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  20. 'Troublemakers' seems a bit harsh Birdman, tomatoes, knitting and valentine hearts sounds wonderful, have a juicy red tomato for moi!

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