Spiral Q, the art-as-protest group that recently moved its puppets, signs, and other artifacts into Mont Clare storage, saw most of it disappear in the floods that devastated the region in September, writes Peter Dobrin for The Philadelphia Inquirer.
In November last year, the move seemed like a good idea.
The group was looking for a new home and until they found it, moving their items into a storage space at a significantly reduced rent seemed to be the best move to make.
Months later, that decision proved to be catastrophic for the group.
Among the more than 2,000 artifacts that were destroyed or damaged beyond repair was one of the mailbox puppets that had achieved street-theater celebrity during the 2020 election.
Now, the group is running a $100,000 fundraising campaign to replace its equipment and build back up its props. Almost half of the required money has been raised so far.
Read more about Spiral Q in The Philadelphia Inquirer.
The aftermath of Hurricane Ida in the storage facility for Spiral Q’s puppets and signage, from WHYY.
Video by Emma Lee
Audio by Peter Crimmins
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