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Ant Alley mural

Ant Alley

September's I Spy revealed

by Sally Bjork

Published in October, 2011

"I spy, with my little eye," writes young entrant Saul Vielmetti, "the alley next to Nickels Arcade, home of many ants, large and small." "Love 'em!!--those giant bugs ... crawling in the alley off Maynard Street under the parking garage," writes Sue McDonald. Ken Koral parked there recently and exited to the alley. "On returning," he writes, "I saw the ants for the first time, and knew I had the answer."

Ken was visiting the U-M School of Art & Design's State Street gallery, Work, which coincidentally was also the site of A&D grad Jason Polan's senior show. Polan, who painted the ant mural in 2004, has since moved to New York City, where his innovative projects include the Things I Saw Today visual blog, Every Piece of Art in the Museum of Modern Art Book, and a continuing project, Drawing Every Person in New York. He recently had a solo exhibit at the Nicholas Robinson Gallery.

We received twenty-six entries correctly identifying ant alley. Ken Koral is our random drawing winner. "After careful consideration," he writes, he chose Ten Thousand Villages as the place to spend his $25 gift certificate.

To enter this month's contest, use the photo and clue on the back page of the October Ann Arbor Observer to identify the scene then follow the instructions at the bottom of the page.     (end of article)

[Originally published in October, 2011.]


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