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Christo and Jeanne-Claude have a policy of taking their art exhibits down after two weeks, even though they cost millions of dollars to erect. They say the art remains in your memory. That means that if you deeply experience the work, it merges with your own imagination and will produce art everywhere as it interacts with your environment. That's what Hargo did. He said something like "Oh, stuff and enough" to all the high-flown art critics, and went home and created his own gates of his cat, Edie, wandering through his loft.

Yes, Hargo. That's art. The art we live with, and laugh at, and love, the way Christo and Jeanne-Claude meant us to. Maybe one of you can come up with a variation of the "Gates" for our Spring Exhibit. Go for it.

Geoff Hargadon's Somerville Gates stood in all their fame on
Mayor Joseph A. Curtatone's desk on "Hargo Day" yesterday.


Andrea Mohin/The New York Times
Christo and Jeanne-Claude's Gates, Central Park, New York.

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