Those fishy figures in the photo above might look like just another bit of street art wheatpasted onto just another dilapidated East Downtown building, but they signaled a life-changing event for one Swamplot reader. QR code included. The images are based on the work of Spanish graffiti artist El Pez — the reader’s favorite. So what happened when she and her boyfriend drove past them on Congress St. between Hutchins and Bastrop last Sunday?
I noticed the artwork as we drove home from an event in EaDo. I loved the smiling fish graffiti, signature work by El Pez, ever since we discovered it on a trip in Barcelona. Since then, the fishies . . . have been desktop backgrounds, Google avatars, and used in numerous love notes to each other. I hollered at him to pull over so I could take a photo — I couldnâ€™t believe it, my fish traveled all the way to Houston! As I snapped photos, I asked him to scan the QR code. He handed over his phone, and as I read the message . . . he got down on his knee and pulled out the ring! So surprised! LOVE that they will stay there for a very long time!
Yes, Saturday was April Fools Day, but it also marked the anniversary of the couple, who met each other in architecture school.
What exactly was the little message in the QR code? You can try scanning it yourself if you like. “It doesn’t go to a site, but instead a message pops up,” reports the bride-to-be. “He’s such a geek!”
And probably totally irrelevant to the story, but afterwards we went out for a celebratory drink at Catbirds (our first date spot) and he organized a surprise party with all our friends. By far the most incredible day I’ve had.
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