Lost And Found is an ongoing art treasure hunt that promotes kindness in the community. I started the project in July 2017 by hiding a woodcut of a large World Cow at the Vermont College of Fine Arts in Montpelier, Vermont. Using social media to advertise the event, and with the help of a story featured on WCAX News, the project launched my career as an artist. On the back of each woodcut I stenciled a message: “This artwork is free under one condition: you promise to do one good thing for the world.”
Fast forward to today and I’m about to hide the 13th sculpture, Jack Skellington, on Halloween. The Nightmare Before Christmas is an amazing movie that I recently watched with my daughter (she is 3 years old) for the first time. She inspires most of my characters that I hide for Lost And Found. Who doesn’t like Jack Skellington? I picked Barre, Vermont, as the location to hide him. “Scary Barre” as some would say is also the home of most of my fan base since I have been making art in Central Vermont for more than 10 years.
Each woodcut is carved out using a jigsaw. I paint them using hand cut stencils and spray paint. It’s a labor of love and unlike most commissions, it’s something I want to do. Art should be free, in my opinion. Hell, music is free, why are we still paying for artwork?
Lost And Found will never stop doing good for the world and I plan on hiding more and more as I grow older. It would be great if other artists helped me and we could hide more together, across the globe, inspiring good deeds and bringing the community closer together.