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Scroll to the bottom of this page to tell us where you found a painting. At the end of one week, you should give the painting away, or leave it somewhere so that other people can find it again.


28 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Jane Bryant // Jun 14, 2008 at 1:30 pm

    I haven’t found a Fitzgerald yet. I want to, but I don’t get out that much. Plus, I’m afraid if I did I wouldn’t be able to part with it. Because somebody’s going to keep it. You just know they will. Those selfish, must own it all kind of people. I fear I might be one of those people. OMG Why? It is like musical chairs. He without a seat when the music ends loses. Where is the faith, the adventure? Why do I feel it is more fulfilling to OWN than BE a part of history. Hmmmm. Maybe I could just take a picture of it and me together. OMG. Why have you done this Christopher, why? I am going mad all ready and I haven’t even found one.

  • 2 Juliana Heflin // Jun 24, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Can the piece be simply handed to the next person? OR must it be found by them? Can the current owner choose the next recipient?

    It intrigues this particular rule follower that your art idea includes permission, an explicit invitation even, to steal. I wonder… if some object is a hidden gift/ placed there for the specific purpose of “wanting you” to take it & run with it… is that the same as stealing? In fact, would it be a great tragedy NOT to do so? I’m still thinking about this. There’s more to the thought than the surface I have scratched. A tragedy if it remains unstolen. Not complete until given away/ scattered. Can not live, until it has died.

  • 3 De Volder Dirk // Jul 3, 2008 at 6:20 pm

    1. The moment you find the painting, it gives you a kick.Finally, you found something!!! Something beautiful, maybe made by a big artist? Maybe it’s worth a lot? These things start running through your mind. But that’s the euphoria of the first moments.
    2. I really agree that I can’t keep it. If everyone , who finds the painting, leaves it somewhere behind, then someone else can find it and it can travel all over the world. Then it can be seen and felt by lots of people!!!
    3. I’m really proud that I have this painting in my possession for a month. I hope that the next person who finds it, will enjoy this painting as much as I have.
    A hint: Sweden keep your eyes open!!!
    Dirk from Tielt (Belgium)

  • 4 Robert B. Lewis // Aug 9, 2008 at 9:14 am

    I’m more intrigued by the identity of the person who left the painting, than I am by the artist. Why me? Or why the bookstore where I work? It’s strangely flattering. Is that wrong? Please realize that these paintings only have artistic value as a means of exchange, and that if they start to become objects to be horded and hidden away or for investment purposes, they cease to be of any artistic, and therefore, monetary value, because this is more performance art than it is “painting”. Got it? Good. Keep up the good work Fitzgerald.

  • 5 Johan (Valenciennes-France) // Sep 4, 2008 at 9:13 pm

    It seems to me that here is a great variation on the theme of street art, because whether Fitzgerald is aware of it or not, whether he wants it to be or not, this is what it’s really about: a work created by an artist, put at the disposal of everybody, for somebody – free, in the street.

    But for that, this approach distinguishes itself from those of other artists who use the street as their medium: although accessible in the street, his creations are not made to stay there to be observed by the constant flow of passers-by. By virtue of the fact that the work is movable, it invites a private conversation with a single owner. If, at some later date, the work happens to find itself in other hands, it will be engaged yet again in a private observation, and not a public one.

    One could go on for quite a while like this on the merits of Fitzgerald’s approach – on its points in common with and its divergences from the “traditional” practices of street art. Suffice it to say then that in renewing not only the medium but the very title of the genre, Fitzgerald deserves all of our attention.

  • 6 Shane Cook // Jan 9, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    I found “Speaker” at Antidote Coffee in Houston. I took it to NYC with the intention of leaving it in one of the houses at MOMA’s exhibition on prefabricated housing. But, I forgot to take it with me. I was staying with a friend a couple blocks from Lincoln Center. On the morning of my last day there I left it in the window frame at Lincoln Center while going to get coffee. There was so much construction going on at the Center I had to be careful where to place it. It’s interesting to read how many of the pieces make their way to NYC.

  • 7 Rod // Mar 31, 2009 at 4:55 pm

    I found the painting “Entry” at Taco Deli North in Austin, Texas, USA. I find this very unique and interesting concept and will gladly relinquish in 30 days.

  • 8 Nerina Perez // Apr 6, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    My first trip to Austin, TX is sadly coming to an end (4/8) and I only just read about this amazing concept. I would be honored & thrilled to temporarily adopt a piece so I can bring it home to Oregon to be shared in the Pacific NW.

    Any hints/help on where I might find one?

  • 9 Kevin Conrad (Sweden) // Apr 21, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I’ve kept my eyes open, but so far I haven’t found a Fitzgerald here in Stockholm, Sweden. I wonder when that person from Belgium will leave it on some street corner or in an old church. I guess only time will tell.

  • 10 Mike Doering // May 20, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    I found “Whisper” at Concordia Academy High School in Austin, TX. To find an original work of art, through the ebb and flow of a work day, was a needed change to my day. I put it on my desk and I implored my students to tell me how they felt about it. For myself, and many students, the painting makes one feel uncomfortable and you don’t want to look at it. However upon a closer examination, I wonder why the artist took his time to leave his mark (literally left his fingerprints) on a subject that invokes shock and sadness? I will be going to St. Louis and I think I’m going to introduce this piece to the public there.

  • 11 Joli Reichel // Jun 15, 2009 at 3:25 am

    I found a painting entitled “Future” at a Starbucks in New Haven, Connecticut, in July 2008. I feel horrible, because I still have the painting a year later (just found it when I was cleaning out my apartment). I don’t live in New Haven, but I travel there to work every summer, so I’ll be going back to the place I found it in a couple weeks. Now that the painting is in the front of my mind and I’ve had it much more than a month, I feel obligated to leave it somewhere very special for someone else to find.

    Thanks Fitzgerald!

  • 12 Marian Krampf (Germany) // Oct 15, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    I found some original Fitzgerald work of Art in Stockholm, the Capital of Sweden.
    It’s called ” CRADLE”.

    Someone left it around the Moderna Museet (modern museum:-)). I was there for a holiday in September and i was very confused to find a painting in the gras, beneath bigger artworks in front of the museum.
    Im dont like this painting so much so it is easy for me to hide it somewhere in Germany, but i like the idea of Fitzgerald!

  • 13 De Volder Dirk // Jan 14, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    I left the painting( front) in Stromstad by the port.

  • 14 Donna Rossi // Jan 16, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    I found the painting REDEEMED at the Floral Clock in Niagara Falls, Canada. I thought someone had lost something until I turned it over and read the back. It is an excellant piece of art. Too bad I had to leave it for someone else to find, but it is worth sharing. The painting so much resembled my father. I feel very blessed that I had found it.
    Thank you Fitzgerald

  • 15 Juliana Champlin // Jan 18, 2010 at 5:39 am

    Something occured today to remind me of this project. I wonder what happened to that lovely painting called “Adventure.” I trust that it has found its way to every place it was meant to travel. I hope that jouney continues on for many years to come. I hope that one day I get to learn of its travels. I am satisfied even so.

  • 16 Jacqueline Page // Jul 5, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Hier je me suis séparée d’un petit carré de bois qui de nouveau vogue vers l’aventure. Fasse qu’il s’envole et vive une vie riche de joie et de sérénité.
    Orgerus - France - (pas trop loin de Versailles)

  • 17 Paula S. // Jul 7, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I found Unexpected in the American Airlines Admirals Club at the Austin, TX airport. I’ve held on to it for a long time, but now it’s time to pass it along as soon as I find a good place.

  • 18 Gail // Jul 8, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    I found the painting “teller” left in my house by a guest. i will pass it on and keep it circulating next time i travel out of town.

  • 19 norman // Aug 17, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    I found a Fitzgerald in the form of a 4×4 coaster titled “Booth”….interestingly enough it looks like my studio apartment in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York. My find was the reason why I chose this apartment the moment I saw it. I plan on traveling after I finish my MA at Seminary I will pass it on at that time…

  • 20 Ben // Aug 26, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I found “Deaf” in the lunch room at my office here in Seattle. I grew up in Michigan and it reminds me of a summer storm passing over the lake and whipping up the water. I’ll take this home and gladly pass it along for someone else to enjoy.

  • 21 Tim // Sep 19, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I noticed an amazing, small painting behind an Art opening in Los Angeles and debated “stealing” it or not. Finally I went back and saw that it was still there and much to my surprise it said, “Congratulations You may take this small painting with you. The title is “Known” and I absolutely love it. Now I have the dilemma of how I am going to part with something I love but the experience of letting it go will probably be more rewarding than keeping it in my apartment. But it won’t be easy.

  • 22 Michael Carder // Oct 24, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I found “Unexpected” in Dallas / Fort Worth airport sitting on a ledge in concourse “C” where it connects to concourse “A”. It is aptly named. I was returning home to Washington D.C. at the time so in a week or so it should be back on the street in Virginia.

  • 23 Anonymous // Nov 23, 2010 at 1:42 am

    i found the painting “VITAL” at a cafe in Sydney Australia. It is a curious piece and reading about where it has come from is fascintating. what a joy.

  • 24 Alice // Jan 31, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I “found” Envision in my mailbox, and finally am able to let it go, so have given it to another cousin, who will bring it back to Texas with her. I’ve had it near my computer and have loved to look at it every day.
    Thanks, Christopher!!

  • 25 Jeanne Maxey Brown // Feb 8, 2011 at 2:04 pm

    I find that I am a cousin(long lost) to Fitzgerald. I was given the painting “Envision” by Alice. So now I just have to find the right place, here in Houston (actually Tomball, Texas). What great fun.

  • 26 Caitlin in AK // Jul 5, 2011 at 7:19 am

    I had never heard anything about any of this and was traveling from Alaska to Pittsburgh when I found “Autonomy #2″. I’m still not sure if I understand everything, but I thought it was pretty amazing the idea behind it all. I am glad it was not prophetic of my flight, since I’m already afraid of flying.

  • 27 Carrie Nagoya, JP // Feb 26, 2012 at 8:53 am

    I have “Breathe”. A friend left it for me to find. I’m not sure where she got it but I’ll do the same. Leave it for someone to figure out what, who, where. Great mystery!

  • 28 David James Peterjohn // Aug 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm

    While working a catering shift at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, I found “Teller.” I was in my banquet attire, rolling a cart down a long hallway from Oswald Visitor Center to the Snyder building when I spied an unusual break in the patterns of the wall.

    The long hallway runs diagonally downward towards Snyder, which itself holds the Andersen Horticultural Library. Frosted windows on the old Snyder brick wall try to catch light from the new clear windows of the long sloped hallway. Nestled into the corner of one frosted window was “Teller.”

    I immediately grabbed it and looked at the back. I showed it off to all my coworkers, who were all pleased by the idea of a painting game similar to “those ‘Where’s George’ on the dollar bill online things.”

    In any case, I plan to take it to my college when I return for my senior year in about three weeks and hide it there. I’m sure a college student will find an inventive place to put it.

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