Different River

”You can never step in the same river twice.” –Heraclitus

January 5, 2006

Artistic Intelligence

Filed under: — Different River @ 3:08 am

Ever heard of “artistic intelligence”? When I was in middle school, where self-esteem is more important than knowledge or ability, the teachers used to tell us that there were all sorts of “intelligence,” and maybe people who weren’t good at math or writing or science or history had more “artistic intelligence” to make up for it.

I wonder if this is what they were talking about:

An artist who chained his legs together to draw a picture of the image hopped 12 hours through the desert after realizing he lost the key and couldn’t unlock the restraints, authorities said Wednesday.

Trevor Corneliusien, 26, tightly wrapped and locked a long, thick chain around his bare ankles Tuesday while camping in an abandoned mine shaft about five miles north of Baker, San Bernardino County sheriff’s Deputy Ryan Ford said.

“It took him over 12 hours because he had to hop through boulders and sand,” Ford said. “He did put on his shoes before hopping.”

The artist, who is from the area, often sketched images inside mines in the Southwest. He had finished his drawing Tuesday when he realized he didn’t have the key.

Corneliusien finally made it to a gas station and called the sheriff’s department, which sent paramedics and deputies with bolt cutters. His legs were bruised but he was otherwise in good health, Ford said.

The artist did not have a listed phone number and could not be reached for comment.

And the drawing?

“He brought it down with him,” Ford said. “It was a pretty good depiction of how a chain would look wrapped around your legs.”

Se, he was a good artist! And he was able to rescue the drawing!

Of course, if he only had normal intelligence, he would have just wrapped the chain and not used a lock in the first place — but that would have comprimised his “artistic integrity”!

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