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February 28, 2011

2.28.11

Yesterday was one of those days that absolutely could not be spent inside. So we walked around the park at the North Carolina Museum of Art. In this picture is a whirligig made by local artist Vollis Simpson. Simpson’s yard is full of whirligigs like this one and high schoolers for the last several generations (including my own) call it Acid Park and have made up an urban legend to go with the name. The story goes that his daughter dropped acid the night of her prom, drove her car into a tree on their property, and died. He went crazy and began building all these sculptures. Teens sneak onto his property in the middle of the night and the whirligigs apparently make it seems like you’re on acid. I once called Simpson in college for a story on urban legends and needless to say, he is not a fan of this completely false urban legend.

The poem quoted in the photo is Nostalgia by Billy Collins. Go here to read the full poem.

 

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