The Online Community for Culver City – The New Scene
Let us now praise lost pet signs. Foremost, they are utilitarian tools – and, of course, we sincerely hope they will have their intended effect. Please keep your eye out for these animals!
But, in addition, they are folk art of the highest order. They are constructed from everyday materials by people who do not consider themselves artists, yet they are lovingly crafted, often beautiful. They are small but intense, understated but serious, direct but emotional.
The images are almost always of a time when the pet was most happy, making each sign a study in contrast. They are expressions of the difference between appearances and reality – between one’s face and one’s future.
Their text is brief, but those few words can be a window into deep reservoirs of tragedy and love, communicating delicate intimacies within families. And ultimately, they express hope in one’s fellow man even in a time of great personal trial and pain.