Using people as his medium Quigley's living-art embodies the notion of collective action - hundreds of people coming together to spread a message which lingers in our memory. Quigley's aerial art images have included such messages as "Arctic Warning", "Engangered Freedoms" and "Stop Climate Chaos."
I had the pleasure of spending weeks with John Quigley during the struggle to save South Central Farms.
It is in times like these when the very best in people comes out - when they are standing up for what they believe in the face of immense resistance. John is an experienced tree sitter, a maestro of the technique of climbing high into a tree and living there without budging as a way of protecting a threatened ecosystem. He has a deep sense of spirituality and a warm, rounding presence that is invaluable during the often high stress moments of direct action. He believes in the critical importance of stepping into our highest self when standing up for the earth, of rooting out actions in a deep sense of morality and acting from principals and convictions, not anger or divisiveness.
It was wonderful to get to know him and to share those precious weeks at South Central Farms.