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Junk Art Conflagration: Roadside Poll Results

Cathedral of Junk, Austin, Texas.

Poll Question: “If an elderly outsider artist’s junk castle caught fire during your visit, what would you do first?”

We love our junk artists! This is clear from the results of our latest unscientific online poll. We share an innate connection with these dreamers and their outside art constructs. They may be cranky and antisocial, or possessed by a cryptic plan only they can decipher.

But when their life’s work bursts into flame, as in our fictional poll scenario, almost half our our respondents would try to save the artist!

Poll results.
  • “Help artist from harm’s way”48% of you would lead or carry that artist out of their crackling death trap and to safety. That’s really decent of you, heroic patron of the arts!
  • “Run back to car for camcorder”22% of you agreed with the notion that visual documentation might be more vital than saving a human life. And the old artist knows his own structure, and might get out safely without assistance!
  • “Drop to floor, crawl away from tar murals”14% of you wisely considered the possibility that if the toxic fumes of random junk overcame you, there would be no saving of the artist, or even an opportunity to record a YouTube moment. And flaming murals of tar are no picnic when they fall on you.
  • “Carry most important artwork to safety”9% seemed to have taken the long view — that it’s about the Art, not the fleeting, ephemeral life of the artist. And “safety” as a haven might mean a visionary art museum, or it might mean your basement.
  • “Create commemorative website” – a disappointing 5% thought they should create an online tribute to the junk artist and his works, rather than saving the artist or artwork. The low percentage may be because many people are still unaware of the ease of creating a website, with free hosting and lots of widgets. Apparently these virtual “healing worlds” are still unappreciated in the Meativerse.

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