Sunday, October 12, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Ricky Wilson/Matthew Shepard

(d. Oct. 12, 1985/98)

Left behind in the bushes near the I-95 highway on-ramp, Allens Ave, Providence.
(in tribute to Roy Weber)

Quote is from the film, Philadelphia.
It's the translation of the Umberto Giordano aria "Andrea Chenier"
"Live still, I am life. I am divine. I am oblivion. I am the god that comes from the heavens and makes of the earth a heaven. I am love! I am love."

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Edgar Allan Poe

(d. Oct. 7, 1849)

Left behind at the fountain in front of the Providence Athenaeum.

Quote is his last. In a delirious state, Poe called out the name, "Reynolds!" over and over again while held in a prison-like hospital. A man of words, he was reduced to near incomprehension in his last days.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Anne Sexton

(d. Oct. 4, 1974)

Left behind on the gate of the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library after a performance at the Aviary Gallery in homage to the poet.

Quote is from "Letter Written on a Ferry Crossing Long Island Sound"
"I am surprised to see/that the ocean is still going on"


Monday, September 29, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Carson McCullers

(d. Sept. 29, 1967)

Left behind at Cricket Field in Greystone, RI on the edge of a pond.
(The frog saw everything.)

" Son, do you know how love should be begun?A tree. A rock. A cloud."
- Carson McCullers, from the short story - A Tree. A Rock. A Cloud.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Steven Stayner

(d. Sept. 17, 1989)

Left behind at the Hathaway Center, Providence, RI

Quote is from the film, Magnolia:
"It's dangerous to confuse children with angels."

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Mary The Elephant

(d. Sept. 13, 1916)

Mary was hanged from a crane in front of 2,500 people (some children) in Erwin, Tennessee.

Pillow was hung from the railing on the steps of the Dunkin Donuts Center, Providence, RI.

" For there is no folly of the beast of the earth which is not infinitely outdone by the madness of men." - passage from Moby Dick.

Sunday, September 7, 2014

Stitched Deaths: Christy Brown

(d. Sept. 7, 1981)

Left behind at (or rather, gifted to) Ada Books, Providence, RI

Quote is from the film, My Left Foot.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Stitched Deaths: American Originals

Elvis Presley (d. Aug. 16, 1977)
Babe Ruth (d. Aug. 16, 1948)
Robert Johnson (d. Aug. 16, 1938)

Presley quote is from an interview. Placed on the midway at Rocky Point, RI

Ruth quote is from his Yankee teammate, Joe Dugan. Placed outside McCoy Stadium, Pawtucket, RI

Johnson quote is from "Me and the Devil Blues." Placed at Bishop Hill Tavern, Johnston, RI

---Triple Threat Saturday---