Months ago I found this great website devoted to Abandoned Art . I love the concept. It's called The Art Abandonment Project.The idea is to create art and leave it for an unsuspecting person to find. It could be anywhere, at the beach, on a park bench, in a food court, on the trolley, or left on the table at a cafe. Share a part of yourself and set your art free into the universe, just for the pure joy of it.
|Abandoned art at a soccer stadium in Gulu, Uganda|
- It's important to let one's art live a life beyond its creator. Imagine what becomes of your art after it is gone.
- Some artists 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 a generous way to share work with an unsuspecting human being. We all struggle to make ends meet, and this is a way to encourage people to stay involved in the arts.
- This is good for the soul. A random kind act.
Here is how to play:
- All you have to do is create a piece of art. (as simple or as elegant as you like)
- Write a little note explaining that the art is a gift.
- Also mention that if the finder would like to share info about it's fate they can contact you via email. Then you can share the info with the Art Abandonment group if you wish. Its not a bad idea to leave you're web address contact info. You never know…you might have created a new patron.
- Also a good idea to photograph what you're leaving behind.
- Then leave it…walk away…run…try not to get caught.
- Then on Facebook share the location and photo of your gift with other art abandoners.Here's the group's address: www.facebook.com/groups/ArtAbandonment/
- Keep your fingers crossed that someone lets you know what became of it. A few artists have already been contacted by the "finders".
"I am one of many artists who want to share a small slice of what we love to do. If you are so inclined, please leave a message to this address to inform us of it's fate."
(enter an email address here, where you can receive messages, then repost the message on the Art Abandonment page for all to enjoy)
Sounds simple enough! I'm going to give it a try too. Do I abandon art I already have that I need to let go of, or do I create something just for the project. I think I'll pick one from my "need to finish pile". Next I have to choose a spot... that could be a tough decision for me. But three spots come to mind... Balboa Park, the beach, or somewhere around the neighborhood. I will share my process as it happens. I would love to hear from you, please share your process right here!