It was a miserable day -windy, cloudy and in the low forties. In a few days temperatures would go down to the low twenties and the
Brian Archer, Channel 5 Cleveland
Brian saw us working on the mural and figured it would make a good story. So after a brief introduction, he told me that he would like to come later to shoot a piece. I said okay and went back to work. I was on a race against time and wanted to finish the mural before cold temperatures set in. What I wasn't counting was on him coming back that very same day! You have to understand, I was not at my "pretty peak". My hands and my jaw were frozen, my ears were ringing a storm (I suffer from tinnitus) and my head was about to explode. I was exhausted and not in the best of moods. I figured Brian was going to shoot video of the mural to later add sound-bytes in editing. But Brian did a full interview which he filmed by my storage pod in hopes that it would shield us from the worse of the wind. I could barely move my lips without the skin cracking. Worse, I did not like doing interviews unless I first know the questions in advance. I like to think things through and be prepare. But not on this day. Publicity is a must in my line of work and even in your worse days you have to do your best and move forward.
Brain was great. I managed to make it through without slurring too many words and even managed to put a coherent thought or two together. Below are two videos -all credits to Brain Archer and Channel 5 Cleveland. The first one is Brian's edited version which was broadcasted on the News. The second video is the entire interview without edits. I think you will find them interesting, but remember what I said earlier so you can take pity on me. Now that I think about it, most interviews I had were done in the worse days! As for the project, we stopped a few days after this segment was filmed when November temperatures dropped sharply and the paint in our hand containers froze. I had had enough! That's when I gave the order to close down the operation and cursed the incompetent city bureaucrats responsible for weeks of delays. The mural was finally finished the following June of 2014. To learn more about this project -which was voted Public Art of the Year and one of Cleveland's must-visit