I had a sad return home to the South Cariboo last week, when I visited my out n’ about trout only to find him badly battered... He’s definitely hurt, but somehow still swimming. I don’t know who wanted to harm my sweet, little, water-treading friend, but their malice definitely put a bit of sadness in my heart. Perhaps, one day, I will bring some media and fix him up, but for now I am mourning.So, it was a welcome treat to have two friends send me e-mails this week that had my trout’s brothers swimming far, wide and FREE. Live on with the memory of your sibling my little ones! First to cheer me up was Marcus Jackson (aka @luckyjackpress) of Yellowknife, NT who wrote a charming little note about his trout habitat site selection. ”Hi Jess! I finally put this little guy up on a bright blue post at the museum to help direct the traffic! There is a lot of vandalism in Yellowknife so I wanted to make sure he’d be someplace safe. The dumpster across the parking lot is covered with spray painted ravens so he has company but they can’t eat him!” Rad. May he swim on forever, leading people towards discovery and knowledge at the museum. The second is my robotic friend Ezerd (aka @ezerd) from New York. She found a lovely spot for her fishy friend that allows him to be quite camouflaged. Here’s what she had to say “Hey hey! I got ya trout right he-a… This is a section of uptown kingston known for its graffiti. I like how the trout is subtle. You can’t see it until you get pretty close to it. Sneaky trout. Yeah yeah. Love love.” Fabulous! If you would like to see more photos of trout, swimming in public places all around the world, please visit the original post out n’ about trout which has links to all 25 participating artists fishies (including the original, gorgeous state of my poor little trout).
A couple weeks ago I came across this set of wallpaper decals while perusing the local thrift shop. The package was only 25 cents and it was just such classic kitch that I couldn’t help myself. It wasn’t until I was walking home that I realized the potential this quarter-priced gem had for a really fabulous, international, collaborative art project.Inspired by the ever-creative Rhya Tamasauskas, who has sent me on two everyday adventures, the small felt heart and the secret fort, I created an art adventure for her and I and 23 other lucky mail art friends to embark upon. I hope they like the project! My apologies to those participating who still haven’t received their trout envelope yet but 8/24 have arrived so it’s time to publish this post. WARNING SPOILERS AHEAD!!!The idea is for participants to use the trout as a tool to inject something natural back into a man-made and urbanized space, so that the power of nature and animals can again be a part of the lives of those roaming within the urban landscape. As I mentioned above, the trout are wallpaper decals, so they are already coated with a glue that just needs to be moistened with a damp sponge. After that they can be applied to any smooth surface. For the placement of my trout I had first considered a building that was in rough shape, practically falling apart, but there wasn’t a secure surface to apply him to, so i continued walking down the alley… and there it was: a steel blue/grey dumpster, just like the color of a cold, ice freshly melted, spring lake. I figured this was the spot. He looks amazingly at home there for some reason, and hasn’t moved one bit since I plastered him up there last week… I was wondering if he’d survive a few rainy days we’ve recently had and he seems just fine. Now, every time I drive down that alley to pick John up from work, I glance over to see my trout swimming on the cold blue steel, and I can’t help but smile! I hope it’s making others do the same when they pass by. I invited 24 other people to participate on this adventure. I mailed them their own trout decal, a project explanation and an example polaroid of my dumpster trout. I hope to share their results with you via my blog, or a link to theirs as I have asked them to document or share their adventure. Stay tuned for updates, or bookmark this page… I will link each artist’s results as they come in.