Day Twenty-One: Anti-Climax

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.



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  1. peter’s avatar

    Hi Katie,

    I recognised the school, and also spent wonderful primary school years there. I also returned to live nearby with my own children much later.

    I only wish my day had begun with pulling red balloons out of the trees, oh and finding you stuck up a tree would have been fun too!.

    Great concept all round for your project. 21 days very well spent!.

    cheers Peter

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