I spotted and met Fred Fochtman in the empty field by my place in Columbus painting the downtown city skyline.

The field was originally supposed to be filled with new homes a few years ago but after the housing bust, the construction was abandoned.  Now all that’s left are razed neighborhood blocks with semi-finished sidewalks, broken piles of concrete slabs and orange construction barrels.  Our building sits far off in the back of an open field that’s often filled with groundhogs, foxes, and coyotes all of which have made the concrete piles their homes.

You can check out more of Fred’s art at the Sharon Weiss Gallery online or probably at any Short North art walk.