All the creatures of Troy, big and small, are artists at heart. In July 2014, the Enjoy Troy Company writer-in-residence Duncan Crary captured this scene just after it transpired under the Green Island Bridge.
This little mouse (OK, he’s a river rat) crawled out of his tiny tube, with paint brush and can, to spread his cheery message to passerbys. The work is signed “ZERO,” so we can only assume that’s this little guy’s name. (Instagram | Facebook)
Note: The Enjoy Troy Co. does not endorse “street art” on public or private property without permission of the owner. But you gotta admit, this is pretty cute!
Shortly after this scene transpired, the soup can with red paint disappeared (it was glued to the bricks in front of this diminutive painter). But later in the summer, a team of volunteers painted an entire “Troybot” mural just beside him. And they even painted a new paint can besides this creative critter. Check it out, just under the Green Island Bridge between Ryan’s Wake Public House and the Dinosaur Bar-B-Que.
[Update: Oct. 17, 2014: The rat and painted paint can are still there, but the spray-painted “enjoy troy.” has been covered over.]
And here’s Uncle Sam getting into the action, too, at the site of Troy’s former “brutalist” City Hall building.