At this point with most projects the students would put a quick couple of coats of paint on and they'd be done. The worst would be over.
That's what they thought.
And then the real work began...
Then they brought in the freshly painted sculptures. They anchored them to the concrete, put out some pine straw for accent and gave interviews to the various media outlets gathered to see the show. Then they posed proudly for a few hundred photos.
Both were proud and tired of smiling and at this point they were both threatening me with harm for putting them through all this.
The next day they were featured on the front page of the local paper - above the fold. They are now famous artists and the once vacant lot is now properly beautified.
And I know it doesn't look like it here but I promise I helped them dig those giant holes and pour that concrete. I have the back pain to prove it.
Big thanks to Jon Holloway for providing the vacant lot, the pine straw, and a lot of cement mixing help.