Lexington's Last Kiosk- Project Summary

...Pat Gerhard- Kiosk Lover!...
Thanks all around to those who made this project a success and lots of fun! We know that some of your artwork was taken down by someone prior to the jurying time. Sorry -I guess that's the nature of public art sometimes but if you have a pic of your artwork, we'll be happy to post it here. Pat Gerhard was our celebrity judge and she had a very difficult time selecting a winner. She finally decided it was a tie between Richie Wireman and The Dear Public Project. Congrats to both! We had one submission by internet- Jim Tobey of Syracuse, NY. His super poem is posted below. Georgia Henkel's 4th graders at Sayre School also contributed, they created a "Confessions Clothesline" they are hilarious -pics and a few confessions below.
Here's a bit about The Dear Public Project from Leslie Doyle----
"The Dear Public Project started last May as a street art project where I post handwritten journal entries around the city. I do this for several reasons, one to get my voice out there and not feel like I need to hide who I really am in a book, to allow for participation from others so they can respond to what I am saying so hopefully there will be some form of relation with what is being I'm using it as a way to communicate with the public with issues people tend to keep private, and I am trying to instigate some sort of change with the desensitization that's going on in this world."

anarchist- extra!

poem by Jim Tobey from right outside Syracuse NY
by Jim Tobey
Lexington’s Last

best offer
free to good home

the litter of kittens
the band’s first gig
the church bazaar
the 1999 Toyota Camry
the guitar lessons
the dorm fridge
the spaghetti dinner
the yoga class
the lecture on existentialism
the futon
the ride needed to Seattle
the lost dog

tacked, stapled
taped together

Sayre School 4th Graders "Confession Clothesline"

Georgia installing

"I confess I steal cups of salt"

"Once I gave away my dog"

"I confess that I am afraid of chearleading"

"I got in a fight with a kid and gave him a big nose and I blamed it on my brother"

"I did not read for 30 minutes"
Sayre School Kiosk Project
Original Post- call for artists
Not Permanent - Juried Kiosk Art Exhibit

Lexington's Last Kiosk
Where have all Lexington's Kiosks Gone?

Not Permanent

*A Juried Art Exhibit on downtown Lexington's last Kiosk

*$50.00 Prize to be awarded for most communicative. (you can decide for yourself what that means!)

*Material must be attached to Kiosk by 3pm Friday Feb. 20th. (gallery hop)

*Kiosk located at Quality St. and East Main St. (Downtown Lexington)

*Juror- Pat Gerhard of Third Street Stuff.

*Nothing larger than 81/2''x11'' will be considered.

*Material may be photocopied or not.

*All types and styles encouraged- punk posters, political manifestos, poetry, visual art of any type- anything goes!

*Make sure you that you include your email address somewhere on your piece.

*Please do not include your name or phone number.

*All submissions will remain on Kiosk until whenever.....

*Jurying will take place at 3:30pm on Friday February 20th and will occur as scheduled rain, sleet or snow.

*Sponsored by Ace Weekly

Where have downtown Lexington's Kiosks gone?

It seems like just a few months ago there were a number of Kiosks scattered along East Main Street in downtown Lexington. Typically neglected and underutilized they were nonetheless an important component of our downtown's legal public information infrastructure. Most often you would find photocopy flyer's for various bands but throughout the years aficionados (such as our staff at ELandF) have seen, read and enjoyed (even archived), paranoid manifestos, religious tracts, meeting info and just about anything imaginable under the sun. The neat thing about this is that the Kiosks were available to anyone, for seemingly any purpose!

We are not sure who removed the Kiosks or why, but for some reason one lone sentinel (Kiosk) remains. This hardy survivor stands at the corner of East Main and Quality Streets near Gray Construction. We hope you will participate in Not Permanent and that this exhibit might lead to the creation of more legal spaces for public communication.