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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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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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Today’s happy event was a cupcake stall at Gorman House Markets.

The premise was pretty simple. People decorated their cupcake, I photographed their cupcake, they are their cupcake. From left to right: Cupcakes, Napkins, Blue Icing, Pink Icing, Gummi Bears, Smarties, Jelly Beans, Party Lollies, Chocolate Freckles.

It went really well – it was a big hit with the kids, who weren’t at all phased by being offered free cupcakes; and once adults got over the shock of not having to pay, some of them got involved as well.

I was prepared with business cards this morning, so I was able to give them to people who were curious about what I was doing. I was a little less prepared for the effects of the sun – it didn’t quite click for me that sunshine actually melts things. But it didn’t get too messy, so it was okay. And people made some amazing cupcake creations.

I had a really fun time, and I got really positive reactions from everybody who went past. I was there for about an hour and a half overall, and it was excellent. Even if I did enough warm lollies to make myself ill – oops.

As always, there are ridiculous amounts of photographs up on today’s set on the flickr. Big thanks to Cathy at Gorman House Markets, who let me set up and didn’t even charge me a stall fee (ahh, nepotism).

Cheers,

Katie

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Today I left a path of happiness from the Peter Karmel Building to Myers and then back again.

There were a few dramas getting magnets printed, but it all worked out in the end. Since it was just black and white text, it didn’t have to be particularly high quality.

Over the course of about an hour and a half, I distrubuted about 50 positive messages through Civic. I quickly discovered that not all metallic surfaces are magnetic (that hadn’t even occured to me) – but thankfully most pole, bins, benches, bicycles and cars are.

I tried to leave messages in both discreet, suprising places, and really obvious places where someone will definately happen across them. I didn’t stick around to see what happened with the messages, but the lady who asked me what I was doing gave me a smile – mission accomplished.

More photos of today can be found in the Day Eight: Magnetic set on the Flickr Photostream.

Cheers,

Katie

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Today’s project was small and simple – I put rubber ducks in the fountains of Civic.

There were a couple of reasons I went for such a low key project today – the last few days have been hectic, and I needed a little bit of a breather; and I wanted to experiement with setting up an entirely non-interactive event. This is interesting for me – I don’t really have any idea how to judge if it was a success or not. I haven’t had any feedback from people who actually saw the ducks, as I left them to their own devices and didn’t stay to monitor people’s reactions. Responses to the photographs have been quite positive, though.

There will be more projects along these lines over the next two weeks. They’re a nice break from the intensity of the bigger projects; and I enjoy the idea of making more discret works – cute little suprises for people who are paying attention to the world around them.

And I’d just like to note: the soap bubbles in the fountains were nothing to do with me – it was just a happy coindicence when I showed up this morning with my duckies.

Lots more photos up on today’s set on the Flickr.

Cheers,

Katie

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I started this morning at 7:30am in Civic with a full box of Jumbo Chalk.

I finished at 12:30pm at Fellow’s Oval with significantly less chalk.

Over the course of the morning, I walked a hell of a long way and drew 41 hopscotches of varying shapes (but all the traditional 10square size).

Today’s project raised an issue that I was aware would eventually crop up, but wasn’t really sure how to deal with – is it still causing happiness if I’m not there to see it?

The obvious answer is yes, of course it is. But it’s a tricky issue – I don’t know if all 41 hopscotches got hopped on. I’m going to take a wild guess and say no, they didn’t. But I know some of them did, because I saw people hopping on them. Not a lot of people, but the first guy I saw made my day, and all the others were just a bonus.

I would probably consider an event a failure if I didn’t get any positive feedback at all. But today I saw a guy hop through one of the hopscotches without even breaking his stride; a man walked past as I was drawing one and did a little hopscotch dance; a lot of people smiled at me; and one man laughed and told me he was too old for hopscotches. That’s enough for me.

These aren’t easy things to document. I do the best I can, but it’s hard to pin down a smile from a passerby. In any case, I saw enough smiles today to satisfy me.

Photos of most of the hopscotches are up on the Make Your Day photostream.

Cheers,

Katie

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I spent the day in Civic today, with a whiteboard and a sign that said “draw something”. And people did. Things were pretty slow at first – a beautiful sunday afternoon, pretty much everyone in Canberra was off doing something more fun than shopping, so there weren’t many folks about – but it picked up once I set the whiteboard up in the entrance to the food court.

Mostly the white board drew a lot of bemused looks, but quite a few people had a go and it even gathered a bit of a crowd at one point.

Draw Something seemed to be a pretty big hit with passing kids, which was really nice. Some of them were sitting at a nearby table and came back two or three times to add things.

I was told off by security for having a camera – apparently my dslr and telephoto lens (I was lurking some distance away, being inconspicous) are not discreet enough, but the iPhone snuck past.

My major problem was setup – I didn’t have an easel, so I had to make do with propping the board up against whatever was handy. In the foodcourt I had a chair, so that was fine; but in a lot of places that meant that it ended up on the floor. This didn’t work nearly as well – it was below eyeheight, so a lot of people didn’t even notice it; and having to kneel discouraged people from using it if they did see it.

Some of them still had a go though.

I took some photographs of the art throughout the day. It was interesting to see how people worked with the existing art – some of them altered it; some of them drew around it; and some of them wiped it out to draw their own.

As always, more photos are up on the Make Your Day photostream.

Cheers,

Katie

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The Daisy Chain Factory opened its doors at 12pm today, outside Gorman House. The factory workers (well, me) got quite a few smiles, and even a couple of friendly laughs, in the hour she spent picking daisies before moving inside to the factory proper.

Over the next couple of hours, the Daisy Chain Factory churned out daisy chains. The Daisy Chain Factory got a very warm reception from the customers of the Gorman House Markets.

After spending a few hours at the markets, the Daisy Chain Factory headed into Civic to spread the daisy love.

The daisy wearing sheep got an audible laugh from a group of women walking past, which was very satisfying. I hoped it would cause giggles, but actually hearing them was very rewarding.

Incidentally, there is something immensely liberating in walking through civic draped in flowers. I can’t pin it down specifically, but it’s fantastic. I recommend it to everybody.

More photos of the day can be seen on the Make Your Day Flickr Photostream.

Cheers,

Katie

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