Smile, darn ya, smile! Artist claims responsibility for artistic mystery

They are all over town and no one knows what to make of them. But at last someone claims to be taking responsibility for the bright pink smiley faces in Greenwich and nearby towns.

The pink faces, painted on wood and nailed to trees have been spotted throughout Greenwich as well as Darien and New Canaan since Hurricane Sandy hit. There appeared to be no rhyme or reason to them and no one knew where they had come from or who had done it. However, now an artist, using the pseudonym of “Pryha” has written to Hersam Acorn Newspapers to take credit.

In response to a story published last week in the Post’s sister paper the New Canaan Advertiser, Pryha wrote to the paper and claimed responsibility. The letter, which was written in pink type and included a photo of one of the hanging smiley faces and a hand-drawn one that looks like the faces reads:

“My name is Pryha (Please Remember Your Health Always). I represent that person in everyones [sic] life to whom they promised they would take care of themselves and their loved ones. I may be a mother to some, an aunt to another, a father or friend to someone else.

You will see me here, there and everywhere to remind you to keep your word — be diligent, and please remember your health always.

I am hoping to branch out universally with this effort. Already I am in other towns, cities and states, albeit Connecticut is my home.

Wish me luck,


It’s unclear how accurate this letter is, but the smiles are being welcomed with good spirits throughout town. Post photographer John Ferris Robben criss-crossed Greenwich last weekend to find them and a full slideshow is available.

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