Robert soon learned that the best laid plans can quickly go awry. He had trained in classic art and over the years had honed his own skills as an urban mural artist. He contacted the landlord of an inner-city building and proposed to beautify the area by painting a mural in the alleyway between two buildings. He persuaded the landlord to permit him to paint a long mural on the side of the building.
Once Robert got the go ahead from the landlord, he figured he’d recruit a few of his artist friends to add to his mural. The team of painters closed off the alley and put a tarp around the access points so no one else could see their work in progress, as they wanted to surprise the landlord and the local citizens.
About a month after they began, Robert scheduled the big unveiling. He and his artist friends admired their work and considered it to be a thing of beauty to behold. He invited the landlord, of course, along with local dignitaries, and the press to the debut.
A large crowd had gathered on the big day. Robert gave a speech and then, after much anticipation, he instructed his team to drop the tarp that had been hiding the wall’s new mural.
The crowd of people let out a collective gasp. After the initial shock wore off, some observers laughed, others smirked, and some were appalled, including the landlord. He walked over to Robert, his face red with rage, and said, “What have you done? This is not a work of art. This is a wall full of graffiti. It’s awful and now I’m going to have to pay someone to whitewash the wall.”
“But this is art,” Robert protested. “It speaks to the people of this neighborhood. It reflects who they are, their suffering, their hopes, dreams, and ambitions.”
“It’s garbage. It’s trash. I should never have commissioned you,” the landlord said.
“Well,” Robert said, “as they say, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.”
Written for the Mindlovemisery’s Menagerie Photo Challenge. Photo credit: Pobble365. Also for these daily prompts: Fandango’s One-Word Challenge (awry), Ragtag, Daily Prompt train), Your Daily Word Prompt (hone), and Word of the Day Challenge (figure).