Canberra writer Doug Fry is Pavement Graffitiâ€™s inaugural guest spotter.
Apart from a failed first year university class (and my weekly trash TV fix of Bones) I donâ€™t really have any experience in the field of psychology, so Iâ€™m only making a vaguely educated guess when I say that the author/illustrator of this work is probably a paranoid schizophrenic.
The author/illustrator is a gentleman who appears to be in his early 40s, and his chaotic â€˜thought patternâ€™-type works can occasionally be spotted on public surfaces â€“ bus shelters, powerline poles, shopping centre walls â€“ around the inner southern suburbs of Canberra. This particular work was done on the footpath along Macgregor Street in Deakin, not far from the local shopping centre.
I passed the gentleman in the middle of sketching this particular â€˜thought patternâ€™ during a stroll to fetch some groceries in December 2008. On my way home, he was sitting on a nearby bench, his work complete, so I stopped to chat with him â€“ unsuccessfully. The gentleman immediately grew suspicious of my attention, muttered a few words, and then walked off in a hurry, leaving the mystery of his works intact. Â