Jill Mathis Collection

Donated by Peter Veritas


STAY ALERT (Matauri Bay, New Zealand), 1995-2005
Jill Mathis
Photograph, 12" x 16"

"In the 1600s, before the days of radar, the only way to know if the enemy was coming was to actually see him.  Highest ground was the best vantage point and the highest ground usually meant a steep hill.  Erta is the rather obsolete Italian word for hill. The cry, 'Stai all'ertai', was a cry to man the hills.  Over time the English language absorbed the Italian and 'to the hill' became a slightly less urgent warning to be alert."

Gift of Peter Veritas, in honor of his father Peter J. Veritas, '57

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