Egor S. Grand

While many have noted the slow progress at the Central Library renovation, downtown resident Albeit Deckard spotted something else.

"I've been looking at that dang thing for months," Deckard said, "and there are construction dudes walking up and down the staircases all the time - but nothing ever changes."

Deckard, 47, decided to take matters into his own hands. One day last week, he approached a group of men who were sitting and eating lunch.

"They were your typical he-man working dudes," said Deckard, who is, self-admittedly, a frail man. "But I wasn't intimidated. I just went up and talked to them. At first they wouldn't respond, but after a while we started talking and lo and behold, I could tell they were making sh*t up. I know enough about building to know that there's no such thing as a fulcrumizer."

Alerted by Deckard, library officials contacted the contractor in charge of the renovation, Tai Chi Builders, who said they had removed their workers from the site months ago. When IPD arrived, they learned the men Deckard had talked to were actually posing as construction workers for a site-specific performance art piece.

Police officials seized two cameras.

While it's not clear their actions are against the law, their proposed piece, tentatively entitled Escher Men in a Lineal Landscape, will not likely receive funding from the Indiana Arts Council, a body that prefers more mainstream, narrative-driven works.

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