Jay Handy

Swimmer's Alert

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Drypoint etching, chine collé.

30" x 22" x 1"

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Wherever many people congregate, some people are tasked with bringing order to the environment. Even a natural spot for relaxation—like one of Madison’s famous swimming beaches, Lake Mendota—requires that order be maintained. The outlining and faded figures in the background of this work highlight how many people flocked to their nearby lake for a fun day. This work brings attention to the crucial helpers, lifeguards like Nancy Thomsen (in this featured photo), who were on duty to keep these popular places for play and relaxation enjoyable and safe for all.