Photo 26 Jul Bow to me, for I am your feline master. CAT ATTACCKK!

Bow to me, for I am your feline master. CAT ATTACCKK!

Video 20 Jul 48,814 notes

phil-irish-artist:

By copyrighting his property as an artwork, he has prevented oil companies from drilling on it.

Peter Von Tiesenhausen has developed artworks all over his property in northern Alberta.  There’s a boat woven from sticks that is gradually being reclaimed by the land; there is a fence that he adds to each year of his life, and there are many “watching” trees, with eyes scored into their bark.

Oil interests pester him continually about drilling on his land.  His repeated rebuffing of their advances lead them to move toward arbitration.  They made it very clear that he only owned the top 6 inches of soil, and they had rights to anything underneath.  He then, off the top of his head, threatened them that he would sue damages if they disturbed his 6 inches, for the entire property is an artwork.  Any disturbance would compromise the work, and he would sue.

Immediately after that meeting, he called a lawyer (who is also an art collector) and asked if his intuitive threat would actually hold legally.  The lawyer visited, saw the scope of the work on the property, and wrote a document protecting the artwork.

The oil companies have kept their distance ever since.

This is but one example of Peter’s ability to negotiate quickly on his feet, and to find solutions that defy expectations.

Photo 20 Jul #picturesofpeopletakingpictures Group selfie time 😛😗😃 at the Portrait Gallery.

#picturesofpeopletakingpictures Group selfie time 😛😗😃 at the Portrait Gallery.

Photo 20 Jul Where am I? #dcliving

Where am I? #dcliving

Photo 15 Jul Roaming the streets of Boston, taking #picturesofpeopletakingpictures as per usual 📷

Roaming the streets of Boston, taking #picturesofpeopletakingpictures as per usual 📷

Photo 15 Jul Reflection in a sea of red, yellow, khaki. #cyacademy  (at Northeastern University)

Reflection in a sea of red, yellow, khaki. #cyacademy (at Northeastern University)

Photo 14 Jul #picturesofpeopletakingpictures at #cyacademy  (at Northeastern University)

#picturesofpeopletakingpictures at #cyacademy (at Northeastern University)

Photo 13 Jul Beware of stray pilgrim hitchhikers.

Beware of stray pilgrim hitchhikers.

Photo 11 Jul What a ‘re-leaf’ for wonderful @cityyeardc corps members and staff like these!

What a ‘re-leaf’ for wonderful @cityyeardc corps members and staff like these!

Photo 11 Jul A day with the birds.  (at Kelly Miller Middle School)

A day with the birds. (at Kelly Miller Middle School)


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