On the evening news the other night, an item from Pittburg, KS caught my eye. What looked like a psychedelic 1,000 legger approached people on the street, which caused some to run and some to gawk. It was performance artist Jimmy Kuehnle wearing an inflatable suit to challenge people's perceptions and make them think.
As the artist puts it, "Our ways of thinking are very much in a routine and this is to break you out of your routine by walking the line between shocking and the absurd." You recognize a tree as a tree or a truck as a truck but, the big orange creature defies categorization."Now," continues Kuehnle, "you're mind [is]vulnerable and new thoughts can happen. You might remember that five minutes later, it might change what you're going to do tomorrow. You never know, so that's the point of it."
The suit is one in a series of inflatable costumes that that artist has worn around the country. Powered by 12v blower motors, the suits allow Kuehnle to glide along the ground and fit in small space. Brightly colored, the suits attract the attention of pedestrians and aim to foster creative thinking.
Absurd times provoke absurd reactions and absurd solutions. With economic challenges in our country that hit real estate agents head on, there is a need for fresh thinking in how to approach our clients.
As real estate professionals, we aren't likely to put on funny suits but we still must work out creative solutions with our clients who are faced with foreclosure or with the desire to buy a home with limited ability to get a mortgage.