This is my friend, Art.
He works as a security guard at the Butler Institute of American Art in Youngstown, Ohio.
I stumbled into him in one of the galleries there.
Okay. . . . . .
I'll admit it.
I was more than a little shocked to see him sitting in the middle of the gallery on a chair.
But then I guess that's a pretty good perch for someone in his profession.
I'm sure he doesn't miss much from that front and center perspective.
Art is a really nice guy.
A little shy.
He always greets his visitors with a smile.
And a twinkle in his eye.
Oh, and by the way, he's not real.
Art is made from polyester resin and oil
His masterful creator, Marc Sijan, is, beyond a shadow of a doubt, a brilliant artist and technician.
(Seated Security Guard (Art), Marc Sijan, no date, Butler Museum of American Art, Youngstown, Ohio)