Q&A with Gainesville’s
Most Famous Resident
Q: What is your
A: I’m an earth-retaining wall, but I’m also well-known because
I’m an official memorial for the student murder victims.
Q: Who’s responsible
for keeping your appearance wholesome?
A: The Department of Transportation. They slap a new coat on me every
now and then. If someone vandalizes the memorial, Sadie Darnell from the
Gainesville Police Depart-ment takes care of it.
Q: Speaking of the police department,
do you realize that under Florida Statute 806.13 for criminal mischief
painting you is actually considered a crime?
A: Yeah, but it's obviously not enforced. If it was I’d imagine
half the student body would have a record…that would be kind of
You know you’re the only place in town where graffiti artists can
exhibit their skills without reprimand.
A: Yeah, and I’m happy to offer my services that way. But all the
other stuff—I don’t appreciate it. Why can't a guy propose
in person, by e-mail or something?
Q: So I take it you don’t
like the personal messages?
A: Absolutely. I have become a victim of reckless statement.
Q: What do you mean?
A: Birthdays, anniversaries, love notes—whatever happened to the
old-fashioned greeting card?
Q: Do you have any favorite
A: No. It would be nice if some sort of color scheme were developed. I
feel like a rainbow threw up on me.
by Samantha Ahl & Joy Carlson-Waters