Until then, I've contented myself with buying a few props to cheer the garden up - a fake bonhomie to give the impression that all is well until the greenery emerges.
I was driving back from the hospital the Saturday before Mothering Sunday and I saw a metal peacock on the forecourt of the florists shop by the hospital. I wanted that bird so much, my car turned around on itself and parked outside the shop. I handed over my credit card in a daze, and Mr Peacock the second came to join his friend in the garden.
The Art Abandonment Project
According to deMeng,
"It is important to be able let one's art live a life beyond its creator. I love imagining what becomes of my art after it is gone…whether given or sold.
Some folks can't seem to let go of their work…even when they sell it. This is a great way to learn to move on.
It's also a way sharing work with an unsuspecting patron. In this day and age when money is tight, this is a way of encouraging folks to stay involved in the arts.
This is good for the soul. A random kind act, a bit addictive…and fun"
I've joined up as well as I'm up for anything that's reportedly/ allegedly good for my soul, and will be 'abandoning' pieces of my jewellery in random places. The group has created templates for little cards to attach to the abandoned art, giving a centralised email id so that people can contact the giver and we get to find out where our pieces end up. The ceramic bowl above was abandoned somewhere in San Fransisco.
One of my colleagues at work said it was all a bit creepy and that he wouldn't pick up a piece of art even if there was a label attached, exhorting him to take it. He was worried that there might be a microphone or surveillance device attached and that this was a Trojan Horse that would then find it's way into his house - I thought that was a bit paranoid. What do you think - would you pick up a piece of art and give it a good home or would it creep you out?