THE MICHIGAN DAILY
Wednesdo'r, Julv 20. 1 cn
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Prospective buyers stroll down crowded Ann Arbor streets eyeing the prints displayed in the various booths along the way. More than 300,000 people are expected to
visit the Fair to examine the works of local, state, national and international artists.
Lackeys engineer Art Fair set-up
By -begins and ends during the Tuesday morning, crews divide cess wind, and to make four or vers exclusively this year.
CHRISTOPHER KOCHMANSKI week of the Fair. to set up the stands, and by five garbage runs per shift. "In the case of really large
A brief evaluation of work on "The South University Busi- noon, all the structures are The crews are dispatched crowds," he explained, "the peo-
he Art Fair's building, mainten- nessmen's Association (SUBA) standing. from the information booth at ple are less likely to be nasty
nce, and clean-up crews, as of- handle all the nuts and bolts be- Tuesday's duties can be the East U and South U, and make to a woman."
ered by five-year veteran David forehand," Horne explained. most bothersome as the crews what can be, depending on the Sound ridiculous? Perhaps,
orne: "The work can be mes- "They do all the planning and cover all the frames with a pro- size and demeanor of the crowd, but Horne speaks from five
y, but depending on weather preparation. They deal with the tective plastic material called a difficult, messy garbage pick- years of experience.
ondtions and crowd sizes, it city, and do all the bureaucratic Visqueen. up. Horne was quick to laud the
eally isn't all that hard." work." "The problem is the wind" ThIe garbage crews consist of Ann Arbor City Council for re-
Incredibly, this simple apprai- With no malice or sarcasm Horne explained. ' three males and one female dri- writing the 'vender's' license.
al befits what must surely intended, Borne calls himself Artists immediately b e g i n ver for each garbage truck. "They've really made our job
eem, to the casual observer, to SUBA's "head lackey." movin their four-da homes has employed female dri- See 'LACKEYS', Page 20
be an insurmountable task-en- "I hire a couple of 'Sub-lack-
gineering Ann Arbor's Art Fair. eys' to head crews," he said
But Horne, by his own flavor- half-jokingly, "and hire a dozen
some description, "a long-haired 'sub-sub-lackeys' to do the dirty
pseudo-hippie, actually a PhD work."
student in business administra- On Monday evening, the "lack-
tion," makes it all sound easy. eys" of the building crews meet
He is the "coordinator of hired at the fair's informal center of
labor" (again, his own words), operations-the Ann Arbor Bank
which means simply that he and Trust branch at South Uni-
delegates work out to crews to versity and Church St.
make sure that the street fair From there, they head down
runs smoothly. - - South U and East U to pile up
Horne's work, excluding one the frames for artists' stands in
or two informal work sessions to the places where they will even-
sort and inspect work materials tually be erected. At 8 a.m.
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even while the electricity is be
ing strung up on Tuesday after
When the fair officially con
mences on Wednesday mornin
at 10 a.m. Horne's attention
fittingly shift to clean-up an
Horne coordinates the activ
ties of two four-person "runnin
crews" One crew works a shi
from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wit
the other crew taking over un
til 10:30 p.m. Their responsibil
ties, briefly, are to repair ma
functions, usually caused by ex
Ann Arbor's finest continuous
arts and crafts exhibition.
SjPecialists in /ai-craf ted leather goods
m's Head Leather Works
539 E. LIBERTY (just off State Street)
Paris has its art;
isth 'U' hs rffiti
g By STU McCONNELL
h So you think Art Fairs are below your level of taste.
S Decoupages of old Christmas cards, lucite sculptures of sea
- horses that blink their eyes, seascapes made out of pine cones and
- beach sand-oh, how tacky it all is. Why, when we were in Paris
- just last fall-Paris, that's a city in France, you know-we saw the
most delightful little craft shop. Certainly nothing like this clam-
shell-and-oyster poncho here.
N The truth is, my Harvard-of-the-Midwest friends, that art is
where you find it, and that doesp't always mean in the Fair's num-
Consider the shoppers, for one thing. Toulouse-Latreuc would
have difficulty doing justice to some of the suburban couples who
wander around under the hot sun looking for "something nice, but
not too expensive."
Consider the street musicians. Two summers ago I saw an im-
provisational steel band playing on the corner of South U. and East
U. at about 2 a.m. The only reason they were a steel band was that
the instruments consisted of a bank girder, several empty cans,
and two overturned trash barrels.
Or consider the greatest of all alternative art forms-graffiti.
You won't find it in any of the stalls (well, most of them), but
Ann Arbor has one of the best collections of graffiti in the country,
and most of it is only a short walk from the tents.
The David Denison Building (which anybody who's been here
more than two months calls the P and A building) is the Central
Campus Graffiti Mecca, largely because all the walls in the stair-
wells are painted white. Two years ago they were painted white-
.now they're covered with such gems as GOYNKE IS A GOYNKE
or KLINGONS SUCK EGGS. Speaking of Klingons, I am told that
there is an entire wall in a building on North Campus devoted en-
tirely to Star Trek graffiti-how many Vulcans ti takes to screw in
a light bulb and so on.
The P and A stairs also contain more than their share of mtath-
ematical witticisms,- including the LIMIT 3-2 FOR LOWEST VAL-
UES OF TEREE AND HIGHEST VALUES OF TWO. Very heady
stuff, and not for the weekend graffiti buff.
The graduate library is surprisingly disappointing, containis
only a few obscene references to how difficult it is to get laid 15
the Reference section, but Mason Hall's rest rooms are fu of to;g
and winding individual sexual histories, two-thirds of which t<",
See GRAFFITI, Page 10