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Travel Bug Dog Tag Art-Harper-Bittern Suite TB

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Wednesday, 02 November 2011
Texas, United States
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In the hands of Funn2Cache.

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Please drop this item in rural or Premium Member Only caches.  Do not drop it in an urban cache or leave it behind at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; this prevents the chain and tag tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take this travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission needed to leave the U.S.

About This Item


This is one of a series of travel bugs made to recognize art seen and admired (and in this case owned) by the bug owner.  A digital copy of this work was downloaded from the internet. The copy was reduced in size and proportions cropped to accommodate the laminating materials available to the owner.  Regrettably these processes diminish the effort of the artist.  One truly must see the original in person to fully appreciate the work.  The text below is a mixture of my own observations and material gleaned from the internet (mostly Wikipedia and Web Gallery).
Charles (Charley) Harper (1922—2007) was reared on a West Virginia farm.  There he developed an appreciation and love of animals.  With his education he learned design.  As a consequence he had an alternative way of looking at nature. His serigraphs (silkscreens) are expanses of color which give the viewer a very different perspective on the animal kingdom.  Harper revealed the unique behaviors of his wildlife subjects through stylized geometric reduction.  His art is instructive but it is often infused humor.  And, the title of the works are often puns or use alliteration.  Harper did not see feathers, fur, scapulars, or tail coverts on the wildlife, he saw shapes, color combinations, patterns and textures arranged in endless possibilities for making interesting pictures.  Bitterns are marsh birds that nest among cattails.  Rather than immediately fly when threatened, they will become motionless with their beaks to the sky.  The stripes on the breast and throat are camoflage.  It is innate behavior in chicks, but they lack the stripes.

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Tracking History (1169.5mi) View Map

Retrieve It from a Cache 11/24/2012 Funn2Cache retrieved it from MEMORY OF COL. DUDLEY Illinois   Visit Log

Moving it along soon

Dropped Off 06/16/2012 Wes_and_Tara placed it in MEMORY OF COL. DUDLEY Illinois - 48.31 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 06/03/2012 Wes_and_Tara retrieved it from Lone Oak Amphitheater Illinois   Visit Log

Picked up today - we will move it along soon.

Dropped Off 06/01/2012 ram62 placed it in Lone Oak Amphitheater Illinois - 16.77 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/29/2012 ram62 took it to stick out! Illinois - 837.4 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/23/2012 ram62 took it to Wisdom Texas - 69.74 miles  Visit Log
Visited 05/21/2012 ram62 took it to JF...The New Mexico Sign New Mexico - 108.3 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 05/20/2012 ram62 retrieved it from 82 Ranger Camp Texas   Visit Log

Going to Illinois.

Dropped Off 04/23/2012 shellbadger placed it in 82 Ranger Camp Texas - 22.83 miles  Visit Log
Retrieve It from a Cache 03/20/2012 shellbadger retrieved it from 70 Pease River S (Motley Co, p 34 DeL) Texas   Visit Log


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