by Sandy Yaras
Somehow, the city can afford to resurface the streets, but the sidewalks are never touched. Now, I’ve seen some attempts to patch up the sidewalk. Putting asphalt on two slabs of concrete that are lifted a foot above the ground does little to alleviate the problem.
The reason I bring this up is because I have Parkinson’s, I was diagnosed 14 years ago. I have to navigate those sidewalks. I have no problem falling on my own. I don’t need help from the city. Leveling the sidewalks would make travel easier for me.
What does this have to do with art? Because of all of the above, I watch the ground more than ever before. I would walk and hum drum cadences for entertainment. That didn’t last long. What else could I do? And here’s where the art comes in. I could see abstract pictures formed by the pavement, ground, and the debris. So, I photographed what I saw, published a book (Pavement) and displayed my work at “Living Artistically with Parkinson’s”. I sold several pictures and donated my profits to the sponsoring organization.