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On the 'Advice of Strangers' Local Artist Puts Underwear on Head and Paddles Echo Park Lake on an Air Mattress

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Yesterday, The Eastsider LA spotted a man bravely--or foolishly--attempting to paddle himself around Echo Park Lake on an air mattress.

What could have been construed as a belated protest over the city shutting down the pedal boat operations on the ailing waterway was actually part of a month-long project by artist Marc Horowitz called "The Advice of Strangers," which is described as follows:

Each day, Horowitz will post the dilemmas he’s facing—from the seemingly mundane to the profound—for the public to vote on. The project, presented by Creative Time , tracks the results and follow the action and repercussions through edited video coverage. The Advice of Strangers constitutes a collaboration between artist and audience, comprised of anyone who visits the website and casts a vote, thus influencing the course of the project and Marc’s life at the same time.

Horowitz ended up on the lake, to the delight of park-goers, thanks to a poll for the project created by his almost-six-year-old friend. The winning option: "Put 2 marshmallows on my chin, underwear on my head, and row around a lake."