Wherever people go, they leave stuff behind – old tires, derelict bicycles, bottles. Usually I just shake my head and think low thoughts about the kind of people who dump stuff wherever it suits them.

Not Brandon Nastanski. The 32-year-old Boston artist is in the habit of walking around the sprawling Franklin Park. No shortage of junk there. But instead of shaking his head, he sees art. Over the last two years, he’s gathered up all kinds of stuff he’s found and built a shelter in one of the more remote sections of the park.

A picture of Henry David Thoreau (who else?) hangs at the entrance.

He calls it the “Unofficial Franklin Park Research Outpost.”

Enter the city’s park department. He doesn’t have the proper permit. It has to come down. The fact that it’s an art installation, albeit unofficial; that people who know about it like it and praise it cuts no ice with the city.

Luckily, the destruction may not happen anytime soon. The department doesn’t have the manpower or the money to do the dirty deed.

For his part, the artist is taking it all philosophically, with no apparent hard feelings. You can read more in this Boston Globe article.

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