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Update #10

8 Days to Go! Franck Featured in the Post-Gazette

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Franck was recently interviewed by Mary Thomas, Art Critic for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Below are some excerpts from the insightful piece and the link to the full article. Check it out! 

On the beginning of the boxes:

He started the project "to engage people in a dialogue," Mr. de Las Mercedes, 38, said by telephone from his home Monday. "At the time the Iraq War was very much in people's minds, as it is today. I asked, 'Why wait for leaders to galvanize us?' I wanted to challenge the public directly. Just to spark a little conversation. Just to interact. So people could think about the value of peace. How we as individuals can take responsibility, take action, without waiting for the leaders."

He's no Polyanna: 

"[The boxes] are beautiful, they are inspirational, but don't be fooled," he said. "They can be aggressive. They force you to see the challenge."

Whichever the content, the boxes are equally seductive with their jewel-box exteriors and single word that has the power to arrest.

7th graders request boxes: 

"Just as we're forgetting about them," Ms. Post said, "they start showing up in mailboxes at the students' homes."

In the meantime, the class visits the artist's website and watches a video he's posted. "They see a real artist doing his work and they think it's pretty cool," she said.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11145/1148858-437-0.stm?cmpid=news.xml#ixzz1NNnZmC5m

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