July 8, 2012
The Shulman Center
P.O. Box 250008
Franklin, MI 48025
I am an artist living and working in Chicago, IL. I am writing you regarding a recent epiphany I have had. It has compelled me to do something about it, in the form of an art project.
I learned that squirrels only find 10 percent of the food they hide. This does not stop them from compulsively collecting and hiding their booty. Thus, I have concluded that squirrels are natural hoarders. On a side note, an anti-squirrel person who shall remain nameless, has gone so far as to say: “Under that cute exterior they're dirty, vicious, attack prone little disease carriers. Just in a cute package.”
Hoarders Anonymous is a wonderful program, but I think awareness needs to be raised about this troubling and far reaching problem. This extends beyond just hoarders, as personal consumption expenditures have increased by 20% since 1990. We are literally being buried alive by our “stuff”.
It is my proposal to create an outdoor exhibit in which a large pile of acorns stand side by side with a pile of 10% of the original pile. I would also put a very large paper mache statue of a greedy squirrel. A banner would read, “Don’t collect more than you need!”
I am asking your permission to do this performance piece outside your building in Franklin, MI. I would fund this completely myself. I am only asking for travel expenses to and from MI.
I feel this would be a worthwhile investment for you, as it will bring attention to your fantastic organization.
I hope to hear favorably from you regarding this cutting edge art.
407 S. Liberty Street
Elgin, IL 60120