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Asphalt Renaissance: The Pavement Art of

Kurt Wenner

Wenner would cover his drawings with plastic at the end of the day. But vagrants would strip it off and pretend to be working on it, drawing invisible strokes with a cigarette butt, to earn some donations. Wenner eventually hired them to protect his work. he went back on evening and found the rostered homeless guy, who had listened carefully to Wenner's answers to FAQs, was convincingly lecturing the small crowd.

There was one old crone who sold roses, and who would put on a show to help Wenner, berating him for being a poor artist and 'look how little money you have been given'. Naturally the crowd would vote with their cash, and afterwards she would quietly circle the painting and pluck a bill or two from each basket as her compensation. before leaving, she would leave behind an offering of some particularly poor roses.

Italy has coins of very low denominations, and the banks refuse to change them for notes because so much trouble to count, and so shops won't accept them as payment either. Wenner was getting 4000 coins a week, so spending them was not easy. He eventually found a cafe near the Trevi fountain that was short of change because tourists wanted to throw coins.

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