After reading about the Vision Quest on this Teaching Clinical Psychology web site, Matthew Clapp ( sent an e-mail describing an unusual experience:

"On Sunday August 18, 1996 (yesterday), my girlfriend and I went to Piedmont Park in Atlanta for a picnic. After lunch we walked around the park and just enjoyed the day. Then, I came upon a group of artists that were having an exhibition. However, this was no ordinary exhibition. They were license plates made by juveniles in prison. The artists asked the children to write one question that would make people think twice before ending up in the same situation that the child had ended up in. Then the artists asked people to take, for free, the license plates and put them on the front of their cars as a "moving art work, around Atlanta." I was impressed, but I did not realize the symbol that lie ahead."

"There were over one hundred plates, but somehow this one expressed something that had been swirling around in my unconscious for some time. I picked up the license plate, seemingly to the surprise of the artist, and asked if I could have this one. Piedmont Park had been the last stop of the exhibition, thus this single plate had sat on the ground all around Atlanta, but never chosen. I liked to think it was because it took the same courage to chose it as it took the kid in jail to write it. I would very much like to meet this child who has been so wronged by the world."

"I had no one to share this with that would appreciate it as I thought perhaps you would. It was a bit of sunshine that reached deep into the darkest layers of my personal psyche."

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