Created at “Treetoon Town” and sold at Riverside Antiques on 'Antique Row' on Cherokee street ($50 )
Phil personally creates each unique Merferd climbing up to the star. Merferd can be easily removed from the star and placed on a larger Christmas tree as an ornament if so desired.
Pictured left to right, Christopher, my apprentice, (when not in school), Bebe’, pallett tree, star maker, and tree care helper and myself.. The photo is taken at “Treetoon Town”, part homeless camp.
We are grateful to Riverside Antiques, who is not charging a consignment fee.
We are also thankful that the mayor in East St Louis does not give orders to bulldozer camps to make the homeless go away, as in St Louis.
Josh Herum's Documentary, "The Man Behind the Merferds" has been awarded the MIDRASH award at the 2018 At Louis International Film Festival. This is a high honor. Thank you to all entries, film makers and subjects who participated. And thanks to St Louis
“The Man Behind the Merferds” is screening with Paul Crane’s “Living in Tents" at the St Louis International Film Festival
How cool, that, (Sunday, Nov 4, 1:00 at the Zack theater,) out of the multitude of entries, for Josh Herum and I to be teamed up with "Living in Tents". I'm still so disappointed with mayors Krewson and Slay, having shut down our city's only 24 emergency homeless shelter, at the behest of a large political donor. Merferd art continues at a homeless camp, across the river, where the East St Louis' mayor visits. She has even cut the grass. On the St Louis side, the mayors send the bulldozers. Instead of the Forestry division saving trees, they are ordered to dismantle tents, and even cut down the trees that shade them.
“The Man Behind the Merferds”
by Josh Herum
7 Short Documentaries Including The Man Behind The Merferds at the St. Louis International Film Festival
After having spent a long day preparing for the “Pickin on Picknic” fest in St Clair, Phil and Merferd arrived and slept in the bed of Phil's tree crane truck on a comfortable kick back lawn chair. The next day Phil was somewhat overwhelmed. He wondered "if it took so long to prepare and pull the Merferds out of their St Louis trees, how was I going to think I was going to be able to reinstall at the festival by dark?! It dawned on me that I needed a ROAD CREW."
When Tim stuck his head above that tailgate and asked if he could help if I hadn’t had a ride on his tricycle I would have thunk him an angel sent by God!
“Big Mike” joins me and Piglet, and the Merferds are in the buddy rigging system now!
... then Phil went off to ride on a bicycle and listen to the music of The Mighty Pines.
The Homeless are Cleaning Up the Trash in St. Louis.
Unsung hero friends started an amazing thing this year in the city of St Louis when they began putting un-housed friends to work cleaning up the trash in the city.
Those whose heads hung low, are proudly being empowered. Where once litter was filling every square foot of the North center of the City, clean green grass and sidewalks shine forth.
The City had long abandoned the area and its people, until recently. After learning of the movement, one of the participants was forced to pack up her tent and the supplies that she dispersed to the homeless and leave.
Merferd is usually all over town, but this year he is focusing on an area off of Cass Street referred to as the Pallet Yard. Phil and Merferd have met some great people there who have helped to make even more Merferds.
For 2018, Merferd has made the Pallet Yard his base of operations. From there, he will continue his duties as St. Louis’ unappointed kindness dignitarian. Merferd and his friends are working on more Merferds which will appear randomly around town.
Those who wish to sponsor a Merferd can purchase one in the Merferd Mart. In your honor they will be set free somewhere in a forgotten part of town. Phil will take a photo of that twinkling eyed yellow guy in his new home, and he’ll post those photos on Instagram and Facebook.
If you’d like to help in other ways, here are 5 Ways to Help Merferd.