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« on: May 12, 2012 01:57:52 PM »

I was lucky enough to squeeze in to the Art House Co-op "Mystery Project". I was sent a surprise prompt and a Prismacolor marker and then set out to make a bit of public art.

My prompt was "If tomorrow came yesterday" and my marker was a sort of brown. Hmmm... what to do!?!?! Panic! Fret! When I finished over reacting, I wrote a nonsense poem with the given theme in mind.

If tomorrow came yesterday,
what would Thursday bring?
Would Tuesday be on Sunday,
and would Santa come in Spring?

If next week was last month,
and October was in May -
would breakfast be at midnight,
and bedtime at mid-day?

If the sun came up at dusk
and the moon came out at dawn,
what time would the fireflies
go dancing on the lawn?

I then made 15 mushroom caps from paperclay and coloured them using my fancy Prismacolour marker. Next, I printed out my poem and rolled it up, holding it in place with a bit of lace.

The poems became the stems for the mushrooms/toadstools.

The last step? Hiding those wee things for strangers to find! The one pictured above is sitting outside of the YMCA in Trenton, Ontario. The rest will be hidden all over Brighton (my home and the best place on Earth) throughout this week Smiley


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« Reply #1 on: May 12, 2012 02:05:16 PM »

That's awesome! I love your nonsense poem, and I'm sorry I don't live close enough to "find" one of the nonsense mushrooms.

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FANTASTIC!!!  Amazing idea!

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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2012 02:13:41 PM »

These are so wonderful and inspiring! It would totally blow me away to find one of these while out and about Smiley That is so sweet of you!

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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2012 02:21:50 PM »

This is brilliant! I love your nonsense poem. Smiley

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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2012 02:47:58 PM »

This is the type of brilliant, random act of artsy kindness that should be featured in a televised news magazine type of show.



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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2012 03:20:52 PM »

The idea of leaving these in a public place is part of the project prompt from Art House Co-op. . (Which you should really check out!)

... BUT a year or two ago I left small altered journals all over my town and actually got to see a teenager find one! It was amazing to see his reaction. A real gift. If you've ever wondered if art can make a difference, or if it matters, put your heart into something and leave it for a stranger to find. It does the soul good  Kiss

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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2012 06:16:55 PM »

I too wish I were near enough to 'find' one of your toadstools. I love the poem too, it reminds me of Shel Silverstein. Great work.

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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2012 12:02:57 AM »

This is so awesome!!! I also wish I was close enough to find such a wonderful gift.
« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2012 12:14:56 AM »

I really LOVE that poem! I generally think poems are a lot better when they are nonsensical, rather than when they're supposed to have heaps of meaning and are really heavy.

The sharing art idea is really nice too (I cycled past a yarn-bombed bicycle rack on wednesday, that really put a big smile on my face.) and whoever finds your poem will be a lucky person Smiley

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