He put a spell on you

By GREG COOK  |  July 8, 2010

Maybe that's why the best recent public-art projects in the region have been driven by artists themselves (and are frequently illegal). Projects like Nastanski's outpost, the Trummerkind collective's secret apartment inside a Providence mall, and Matthew Hincman's mutant two-backed park bench — which he snuck into Jamaica Pond in 2006, only to have officialdom embrace it.

"I was expecting it to get found," Nastanski says of his outpost. "I was expecting it to get taken down. More people were finding it, and it was going through the seasons." Then in March, he continues, he ran into a park ranger who said the unauthorized outpost would be removed. Time will tell. In any case, the artist intends to move to Virginia in August. And he says, "I'm planning a little sort of giving-the-outpost-to-the-public party." It's set for Saturday July 24. Meet him at 3 pm at the Glen Road park entrance and he'll help you find the way.

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