out n’ about trout

23 May

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. 

Participants and the cities their trouts have swam to:
Justice Bicycle – Calgary, AB, Canada
Marissa Falco – Boston, MA, USA
Harriet Gray – Apley, Telford, UK
Mariana Lobao – London, UK
Jessica Mack – Canteburry, Australia
Jaime Madelenna – Toronto, ON, Canada
Alison Martin – Calgary, AB, Canada
Ella Masters – London, UK
Valeria Poropat – Rome, Italy
Anika Starmer – Gaithersburg, MD, USA

17 Responses to “out n’ about trout”

  1. Kye Sangha 23/05/2011 at 10:41 #

    I cant wait to see the final results!

  2. Marcus 23/05/2011 at 12:07 #

    I can’t wait….oh my the possibilities are endless here….I can think of a few places I could stick this beauty…Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Bullocks, Sushi North…I will definitely have to decide on some place he will get to swim around and around and around without getting peeled up…. Here Fishy Fishy!

  3. Jeannine | SaylorMade 23/05/2011 at 12:11 #

    YEY! I can hardly wait to get my trout. HEEEEEERE, FISHY, FISHY, FIIIISHY.

  4. Jill Griffin 23/05/2011 at 13:27 #

    Looks Fantastic…! :-)

  5. Rhya 23/05/2011 at 18:31 #

    AMAZING! I can’t wait for my trout! Love this art adventure!

  6. Dianne 24/05/2011 at 01:41 #

    OOh please count me in if you do something like this again. Michelle only lives around the corner from me, together we can take over North London.

  7. Crystal 24/05/2011 at 14:44 #

    I am so honoured to be a part of this project! I received my trout and am will start hunting for it’s new home tomorrow. I can’t wait to see where all of these fishes swim too :)
    Hope you had a wonderful long weekend!
    Much Love, Crystal

  8. anika 27/05/2011 at 21:01 #

    I’m very excited about this. I currently have two good ideas, and I have to see which one will win.

  9. eraser carver 28/05/2011 at 11:41 #

    Love this project, look forward to seeing the results as they come in.

  10. Crystal 05/07/2011 at 08:03 #

    I found the perfect spot to put up my trout yesterday while I was biking. That is my afternoon plan today after lunch with my cuz! Now off to check out where the other trouts are swimming around.

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