Friday, October 10, 2014

Nighttime Wanderings: Part II

Don't call me Lucy Rose anymore, please. Don't call me Lucy or Miss Till. I am now under
cover as an Illegal Street Artist. 

On Wednesday I posted about waking up super early to watch the lunar eclipse and I promised a second instalment about nighttime wanderings. 

Here it is:

At the school I go to we receive a bunch of junk mail from all sorts of places. Usually they are campus wide notices about upcoming organisation fairs, lectures or sales. Sometimes they are local venues attempting to attract college students. They send a slip of coloured paper into every single CPO box on campus (that's probably well over 1500 boxes) and 90% of them are thrown out. Actually, everyone haphazardly tosses them onto a shelf above the mail room and they sit around for several days before someone supposedly recycles them. 

I walk by the stacks of  abandoned coloured papers and wonder how they could be made into something cooler than trash. So I decided to make them into a mobile of origami cranes. I collected all of the discarded pieces of green paper from the college bookstore's advertisement and over the course of two days (with the help of a few friends. Thanks, guys!) made them into cranes. 

A few minutes ago I borrowed my roommate's black rain-jacket and illegally hung the mobile from the CPO-room ceiling (we are only allowed to display authorised displays). 

MWAHAHAAAAAA!!! It was so rebellious.

Plus I almost got locked into the student centre.

I love redemptive artwork which takes something others would overlook or deem useless and makes iy into a beautiful thing. That is why I stayed up so late and spent a lot of time making this mobile.

There is a lot of trash around me that can be transformed into something worth-while, but more often than not I have the inspiration but I never actually end up doing it.

I felt determined that with this one idea I needed to follow through. 

Here is a brief list of some trash I have collected in the past:
(I may or may not still have some of this stuff)

- Mouldy coffee grinders found in a dumpster on Stodolni street

- Piece of ventilation piping from my landlord's trash can. I thought it would make a nice gift for my boyfriend.

- Lots of pieces of nature: pinecones, acorns, leaves, branches, nut shells and sycamore pods

- Tin cans (pencil holders!)

- Jars (in which to keep my nature pieces

- An old desk entirely plastered with "Good Job!" stickers and Barbie stickers

- An entire collection of rusty hex nuts (some are shiny!)

To quote my dear friend Calvin of the Bill Watterson cartoon Calvin and Hobbes: "There is treasure everywhere!"


  1. I love it, Miss Illegal Street Artist! Very cool (and beautiful!) use of something that would otherwise be thrown away. I won't give away your true identity to the authorities. They won't be able to torture it out of me. I hope to see more trash art from you in the near future!

  2. Dear Ms. Rose: Pursuant to Article 7.38-A of the Illinois Civic Code, you are hereby summoned to a hearing on March 13th, 2015, 9:00 a.m. at the Department of Public Space Management, Sewage Disposal and Rivet Reduction, Room 462-B. In accordance with the aforementioned Article 7.38-A and also the Wheaton College Code of Sanctioned Ceiling Endanglement, you will be required to testified as to your participation or non-participation in the hanging of an unauthorized Hanging Device on the premises of the Wheaton College Post Office. Sincerely, Morris Gotfladder, Undesecretary for Origami Abuse, Illinois Department of Public Space Management, Sewage Disposal and Rivet Reduction.