It’s been 3 weeks since Hometown Hero looked like this but here is the story behind the picture:
While I was installing Hometown Hero in preparation for ArtPrize Seven, a father and his son wanted to participate by writing the names of their heroes on the painting. But, unfortunately, I didn’t have any Sharpie pens. So the two men left. But a few minutes later, they returned with a newly purchased Sharpie pen.
Touched by their eagerness to interact with my artwork, I paused to watch them. The two spent several minutes standing close to the painting. When they were finished, the father thanked me for the opportunity to reflect on their heroes. Then he gave me the pen.
As I watched them leave, I thought this father truly illustrates the essence of Hometown Hero—highlighting the beauty within our world.