Yesterday was the official opening for the Light City Festival. I decided to bring the inflatable to the event at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum to drum up some excitement for the installation happening from April 13 - 24.

 Have Herd will travel.

Have Herd will travel.

Driving around town with a giant inflatable toy is quite an experience: people enjoyed seeing the herdling, and I definitely caught site of a few people behind me taking shots with their phones—be careful people!

 Tall meets...small?

Tall meets...small?

Light City regulars Big Whimsy were in the house, and were the first folks that I met coming in the door. Folks were very excited to see the herdling...seems like folks have been talking about them a lot. BOPA had turned out a pretty lavish breakfast buffet, but I decided to work the room, and who should I run into but Catherine Pugh, the mayor of our fair city!

 Oh my god! It's me and the Mayor!

Oh my god! It's me and the Mayor!

She did OK, but I am sad that I look so derpy. It was good to get a chance to talk to her and pitch the new non-profit partners who will be benefiting from The Herd.

Once the coffee ran out, I left to check out the staging area in Greektown where the herdlings will live while waiting to be re-homed. Baltimore still has some wonderful decrepit industrial architecture. Going to these sites reminds me why I love it here.

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 Shades of Sheeler...

Shades of Sheeler...

It was nice to have the silence of the factories after such a busy event. After a wander we headed homewards to Lake Montebello reservoir to say goodnight.

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Goodnight, herdling! Goodnight, Baltimore.