sometimes it's hard to explain the motivation behind some of
the things i do. this is one of those things. i build
monuments and dedicate them to living people.
my slogan is “larz in charge.” it's not my
creation. jason kephart dubbed me “larz” in
response to me calling him “jakes.” consequently,
wrote “larz in charge” on a cup sleeve at city
brew (billings heights, mt). i took it outside, put it on the
sidewalk, and coated it with epoxy. thus the first monument
we didn't know it at the time, but i would become increasingly
comsumed with the idea of monuments. back in bozeman, in my
backyard, i dug a hole and filled it with half a yard of
concrete. i wrote “larz” in the concrete, and i
covered it with a few inches of top soil.
this summer, i took a trip with
portland and down us101/cal1 to sacramento. along the way i
picked up a few bags of concrete mix and a bucket—i
planned on building a monument on public land somewhere. we
ended up on the south jette of a river—a thin slice of
beach between the river and the ocean. there, on this beach,
was the perfect spot. the land was owned by the u.s. army
corps of architects (they maintained the jette) and right next
to it was the beach owned by the state of oregon. but i
couldn't bring myself to lay a yard of concrete in the sand.
nor could i do it in u.s.f.s. land or state park land. i
wasn't comfortable with the idea of vandalizing these areas.
this could be the end.
i had the idea to create monuments and dedicate them to some
of the amazing people in my life. i'd love to send someone a
piece of paper that says “your monument is located
here,” followed by the coordinates. i hope to build a
few monuments for a few people before i'm done—and maybe
one more “larz in charge” monument.
“larz in charge” — 45.806467°, -108.473750°
this monument is located in front of the heights city brew in
billings, mt. it is a piece of cardboard coated with epoxy,
permanently stuck to the concrete.
“larz” — 45.666450°, -111.043050°
this monument is located behind a bedroom in my old basement
apartment. find the northern window of the most northwest room
in the building. facing the window, you'll find the monument
two feet to the left of the window, 3" under the dirt.
dollar bill — norris bar
this is pretty stupid, but i decorated a dollar bill at this
establishment on 16 nov 2007. it's posted on the wall.