From Texas Public Radio:
San Antonio Artist Gary Sweeney doesn’t actually think he can save the U.S. Postal Service. But then again, that doesn’t mean he can’t try, right? He’s striking blows against the effort to threaten the postal service, one postcard at a time.
For Sweeney it all started years ago as a way of getting his art out there.
“There was a sort of a movement in the world of conceptual art when I was an impressionable young college student called Mail Art, and artists found that it was a very, very inexpensive way to connect with the art world,” he said.
And so he continued making cards, but over time, their purpose changed.
“And it sort of evolved over the years until I was just sending postcards to my friends where I would pick up odd stories and humorous little things and I would send them off,” he said.
As the years passed, it became a kind of passion, perhaps an obsession for Sweeney.
“Like all addictions, it just started out small. And I just over the years I’ve sent about 30,000 postcards in the last 30 years and there’s no end in sight,” Sweeney said.
That’s about 1,000 a year, which is nearly three a day.