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Today is Day Twenty-One.

I am… a lot of things. Amazed. Delighted. Relieved. Sad. Exhausted. And a little bit disbelieving. There is a lot to say, but I’m going to save it for tomorrow, once I’ve had a chance to absorb it all a little more.

For today’s project, I hung red balloons in my favourite tree at the primary school I went too.

I have fond, fond memories of that place – primary school was great; and that tree in particular… I spent a lot of time hanging out near that tree. That’s where I waited every morning and afternoon; we played ridiculous tree related games there at lunch and recess, or just flopped down in the shade on hot days; and one afternoon I spent 45 minutes stuck in that tree because everybody else had gone home and I couldn’t get down. Good times.

A brief note on today’s project: this is probably one of the least sensible projects I’ve done. Going to a primary school at midnight: not a good idea (hi there, security guard). Lurking at said primary school at drop off time with a camera and a telephoto lens: not a good idea (hi there, angry parents). Again, huge thanks to Pig and Kev, who have spent the last 3 weeks not only putting up with my insanity, but actively helping me realise it. Today’s project would never have gotten off the ground if they hadn’t been willing to help out (quite literally – they did all the high branches!). Thanks again, guys. Love you.

It was nice to finish up with a project where I did get to see the reactions. I lurked at the school from about 8:30 onwards, and watched as the kids arrived.

It was brilliant. I’m not quite sure how I was expecting the kids to react (I hadn’t really thought beyond the beautiful visual of a balloon tree), so I was pleasantly suprised when the immediate reaction was to pull the balloons out of the tree and start popping them!

It may sound strange to say I was thrilled that my project had been pretty much entirely demolished by 8:45am, but it was honestly fantastic. I cannot count the times over the last 3 weeks that I have watched someone look at one of my projects, consider it, and then very carefully Not Touch it. Seeing these kids just throw themselves in and go for it was great – they weren’t thinking “what is this? is it a trap?”, they were thinking “ooh, balloon!”

They obviously had fun with it, so I think today’s project was entirely successful. They laughed, I heard them.

Today’s project title Anti-Climax is not intended to reflect badly on today’s project. I think it was the perfect way to tie my project up – I didn’t want to do some amazing arena spectacular event. I wanted something small, beautiful, and everyday. Because happiness should happen every day. This is the “end” of my 21 Days of Organized Joy, but the joy will carry on. Today’s project is called Anti-Climax because joy should never climax – I want it to go on and on forever.

And in some way, it will. I will talk about this more tomorrow, in my final reflection, but – I think I’ve started to find where I want to go with my art and with my life. This project may have come to a close; but the concept is going to live on for a very, very, long time.

And, for the last time, may I say: many more photos up on the Anti-Climax set on the Make Your Day Flickr.

Cheers,

Katie.

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Today’s event – happy “road signs” all over Canberra Northside – is one that I’ve been preparing for the last week or so, and I am incredibly excitied to actually see the results. Just to note: No public property was harmed in the making of this project – the signs are all attatched to the poles using zip-ties.

I made a variety of signs out of MDF (kindly jigsaw’d by Andrew), and spray painted stencils onto them. They’re not the most professional looking of signs, but I actually really like the obviously homemade aesthetic. I think it reminds people that these signs didn’t just appear; somebody created them and deliberately left them there.

The signs are scattered all about the place in the northern suburbs of Canberra. I deliberately avoided main roads, so as not to distract people doing 80km/hour.

I think the signs turned out really nicely. Again, this is a hard project to gauge people’s reactions to, and I just have to rely on the feedback I’m getting from the photographs. Which has been positive, so something must have gone right.

The “right way keep going” sign and the “:)” sign are my two favourite. Unfortunately the right way keep going was the first sign I stenciled, so I hadn’t quite gotten the technique down yet, but oh well.

Huge thanks to Piggy and Kev, who went out very early in the AM with me last night to put the signs up. Wouldn’t have been able to do it without you, guys – thanks so much.

More photographs are up on the Directions Set on the Flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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Today I visited the university’s main study spots (Chiefly, Hancock, Menzies, and the Art Library) and left little “positive word” badges about the place. A small happy, but I hope at least one brighten’s someone’s day.

Sorry I don’t have a lot to say about today’s project, but it was pretty simple and I am absolutely flat out getting ready for tomorrow. Penultimate project!

As always, plenty of photographs up on the Limited Edition set on the Flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

Day Eighteen: Roll Me

Big is BACK today – and oh, so big – in the form of a giant pair of fluffy dice.

The dice are made from 50cm x 50cm x 50cm packing boxes; old doona inserts; and lots and lots of cloth tape. Ah cloth tape, my dear friend.

I headed into Garema Place at about mid afternoon, and with the help of some lovely friends (cheers guys!), hung the dice from a tree.

People passing by seemed to enjoy the dice. A lot of people gave it bemused looks, some people just ignored it entirely (jaded, methinks), and quite a few people wandered up to them and poked, pushed, or even punched them.

My favourite though, was a little kid in a green shirt who came along maybe half an hour after the dice went up. He saw them, ran straight for them, and had an absolutely ball playing with them. It was awesome.

Sadly, I am reliably informed that the dice were gone by 7pm. I have no idea if they were officially removed, or just adopted by someone who really really wanted a giant dice… whereever they went, I hope they found a good home.

I had a lot of fun with this event, and it was just what I needed to motivate me to get through the next three days. It’s the home stretch, and I am absolutely exhausted. But today was fantastic, and I feel ready for tomorrow.

More photos up on today’s set on the flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

Day Seventeen: Change

Today was low key, fairly unobtrusive joy day. It’s been a big weekend, and I felt like I needed a little project in preperation for the massive week ahead.

So I left chocolate coins in change spots. Pay phones, ticket machines, children’s ride on toys, tip jars – if you can find change there, I left change there. Tasty, tasty change.

I also gave chocolate money to a very lovely man asking for money – it wasn’t quite what he was after, but he seemed to enjoy it. And the waiter who got a chocolate tip had a good giggle as well.

Not a lot of photographs today – there’s only so many times you can photograph a payphone or a ticket machine; but those that there are are up on today’s set on the flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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Today’s event is just a little one, and I am probably never going to know how well it was recieved, but it certainly is out there.

Have a nice saturday, everybody, Eat, drink, and be merry.

Cheers,

Katie

The write-up for Day Fifteen is a day late because I successfully mashed my finger too badly to type. It seems to be operable this morning, though.

Yesterday I left 1001 positive messages throughout civic and surrounds. 1001 is a lovely sounding number, but it is actually an amazing amount of cards.

With the help of my dear friend Jena, civic was pretty much covered in cards. We left them everywhere.

Outside.

Inside.

One of my favourite things to do was leaving positive messages inside books.

I like to imagine that someone is going to find one of these in a few months time, and have a little smile.

I know some people smiled – we lurked in Nandos after distributing some there, and the people who found them reacted quite favourably. Lots of laughs, and some people took them away with them. It was a good day, and I really enjoyed myself. Thanks again to Jena – she made the day a lot more possible.

Lots of photos on the 1001 set on the flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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This is Eustace.
He took me approximately 15 hours to build. It took the Zombie Beatdown Mob less than 15 minutes to completely pulverise him.

It didn’t actually occur to me until after the event, but today’s event was essentially a flash mob. We came, we beat a zombie, we dispersed.

It was pretty awesome. Most of the people who were there knew about it in advance, but we did get some passing randoms involved. It was a lot of fun, and people really seemed to get into the spirit of the event, which was really thrilling for me. Playing pinyata is a little silly looking, so I thought people would probably be reluctant, but it wasn’t really an issue. People played, which was what I was after. A little bit of fun and silliness.

In retrospect, I probably shouldn’t have armed the players with a fairly solid cricket bat. Perhaps Eustace would have lasted a little longer that way…

This was the killing blow that actually decapitated Eustace and sent him to the ground, where he was promptly torn to shreads. And then beaten some more. Vicious bunch, these beatdowners. Driven mad by their lust for candy, no doubt.

One of the highlights of the event for me was the passing muppet who took a swing at Eustace’s crumpled body. Even muppets hate zombies.

It’s starting to get a little old saying this, but – I really, really enjoyed today. I had fun, other people had fun – what more could I actually ask for? It would have been nice to get some more photographs, because there was a lot going on and the lighting was pretty poor… but if that’s the worst part of today, today went pretty damn well.

Lots more photographs are up on the Zombie Beatdown set on the Flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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If I was an American, I’d plead the fifth. As it is, today’s post is pic heavy, word light.

More photographs on today’s set on the flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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Today’s little joy was accomplished with the aid of a pair of (blunt) scissors, a roll of tape, and 20m of bubblewrap. Quite simply, there are very few pleasures in life greater than popping little bubbles – but how often do you actually come across bubble wrap in your day to day life? Bubblewrap is a rare treat.

But not today! Today, the ANU was festooned with bubblewrap.

I wandered around campus, wrapping a variety of objects. Generally I tried to wrap objects that people interact with – chairs, tables, etc – on the premise that it would encourage people to actually pop the bubble wrap, rather than just staring at it in bemusement.

The PJs sauce bottles didn’t last long (neither did the table I wrapped) – staff removed the bubblewrap pretty quickly. The stuff in the rest of the ANU survived a lot longer though.

I think the most successful was the banister in Union Court – a lot of people saw me wrapping it, and several of them stopped and had a chat about what I was doing; and lots of people popped the bubbles as they walked past.

I also bubblewrapped a Zebra crossing, which was quite fun. A very nice maintenance man offered me a witches hat, so I wouldn’t get run over; and some girls passing by had a good laugh and jumped on it, which was fun to see.

I was really pleased with how today went. I got a lot of feedback from people who saw what I was doing – and a lot of them mentioned previous events to me and asked me if I was responsible for those as well. I was prepared with business cards again today, so I handed out a few of those. It was a really nice day for me, and I saw quite a few other people having fun with it as well.

More photographs on the Bubblewrap Day Set on the Flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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