I stopped smoking (everything, don't ask) on February 1st, 1975.
I was hypnotised, and was told that there would be no side effects.
There was but one -- I became addicted to Polo Mints (what y'all over there call Lifesavers).
Here is a Polo Mint.
I always have a packet of Polo Mints in my pocket.
I realised the hitherto undiscovered artistic potential of a Polo Mint when I added one to a floor sculpture at a Museum in St Jacques de Compostelle.
I got thrown out of the Museum. Two days later I was ejected from the Guggenheim in Bilbao where, once again, my Polo Mint addition to a large piece of metal work was unappreciated.
These early setbacks have not put me off, and on a recent trip to the Netherlands I continued my Polo Mint Adventures.
Here are some photos, beginning with Polo Mints and a series oflarge bronze sculptures near one of the canals in Rotterdam:
And then I found some sheep, and offered them a Polo:
Then I found a Wall, and here are two photos of the Wall with a Polo Mint. At the top right hand corner of the second one you can see a bit of the head of my daughter who decided to get in on the act;
And then, folks, I went to the Museum Boijmans van Beuningen, and visited their 'Minimal Myth' Exhibition -- the exhibits became a bit less minimal with the addition of a Polo Mint;
I took some photos tof the Polo Mint and some of the exhibits. This was very much a quick film-and-run adventure, and I didn't have time to write down all the titles of the works. This series begins with an untitled piece by Dan Flavin:
This one is by Donald Judd, and is called Galvanised Iron (with Polo Mint):
And now for Joan Miro's Monsieur et Madamme (avec Polo Mint):
On to an enhanced -- with a Polo Mint -- piece by Larry Stuart Bell called Untitled Right Angle:
Here is Mathias Feldbakken's Locker Sculpture #2:
On to Maurizio Cattelan's Untitled piece -- which could very well be called Man Emerging from Pothole in Search of a Polo Mint:
Next we have Raphael Hefti's Launching Rockets Never Get Old -- well, not when they have a Polo Mint:
Here is Sol Lewitt's Floor Piece No 1 (with Polo Mint):
Last come three 'unknown' works that I didn't have the chance to record the titles of because I had attracted the attention of two Museum Guards one of whom escorted me from the Minimal Myths Exhibition and told me that I was welcome to visit other parts of the Museum but I was not allowed to take any more photos.
But I did leave a few more Polo Mints behind.