After we saw kinship of the remarkable side-by-side toilets we saw in a public bathroom to Marcel Duchamp’s famous urinal, we realized that we frequently stumble on objects and sightings that are powerful ready-made artworks unto themselves. If we saw them in a gallery, we’d marvel, or at the very least ponder them, in the way we do “real” art.
A longtime favorite is an abandoned building we used to pass in our Harlem neighborhood. The vines had been ferociously, in the loveliest way possible, consuming the building to become a structure only of vines, with perfectly delineated outline of fire escape…. Who could have envisioned such a thing in their mind’s eye?
We love that we have the opportunity to discover them; such readymades are hiding in plain sight everywhere. We have only to look around…
We searched for a vine haiku that might accompany the wonderful found art. And found them in the Everyman’s Library Pocket Haiku.
They needed only a couple of changes…
A hundred different
From the mind
Of one vine.
hangingsuspended bridgefire escape
Entwine our life.