Friday, May 11, 2012

Then—out of the mystery of the unknown—appeared a masked rider

My submission for Toledo's "You Are Here" public art project. This image will be printed at 3' x 3' and appear outside of Toledo's historic Ohio Theater.

Opening in 1921, the Ohio Theatre’s first feature was the Douglas Fairbanks film The Mark of Zorro. The Price of admission was 25 cents for adults, and 15 cents for children.

I like to imagine the excitement of that Toledo audience as they took in Fairbanks’ swashbuckling performance for the first time. Even today, watching a copy of the film downloaded from an internet film archive, I felt a giddy thrill as I watched Zorro make fools of his corrupt foes, one by one. It’s easy to envision that audience, seeing the same action projected onto the big screen nearly a century ago, feeling the same thrill.

You can learn more about the You Are Here project here:

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