This is a drawing for a mural that I will be starting next week. Sneakers are made using vulcanized rubber, and colored materials. The vulcanization of rubber was invented by Charles Goodyear in 1839. He recounts this discovery in his autobiographical book Gum-Elastica. He couldn’t have guessed so many of its modern applications, such as the variety of sneakers we have today. Putting on the right pair of sneakers can change a man’s personality, or even luck. Unfortunately for Mr.Goodyear, he pawned all his family’s possessions in an effort to raise money for his invention, but on July 1, 1860, he died with debts of over $200,000. Sneaker Mountain is a place where nobody lives, just a place where athletes past their prime can go to reflect on glory days gone by, maybe to run a lap around Sneaker Mountain and just smell that old smell.
posted by Joe on September 8, 2007
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