© 2009 Lynsey

052 – Make an impression


Today I’m out making photos and I come across this guy, Nathan, crowbarring posters off a lamp post. I missed the first best shot – Nathan standing on top of the van (it’s all dented in) and he’s stretching and kicking the posters off.

There’s several centimeters of posters laminated together with paste – a kind of sedimentation of accumulated culture. It takes a dab hand with the crowbar, but Nathan soon managed to get the posters off and stashed in the van. I wish I’d had more time to find out about the where’s and why’s and how’s. One thing that Nathan did reveal was this was nothing exceptional – last week he peeled off some posters that went back to the 90s. I’d never really thought about it – of course, why not? A few years back I did see posters peeling themselves off as a result of rain. I though about rescuing them and selectively tearing or sanding through the layers and that with some resin might make for an interesting coffee table or some such. I parked the idea at the time, but I am beginning to see potential again.

Meanwhile Nathan’s tearing about the city peeling off the years. Interesting. It’s a kind of un-graffiti. Thanks, Nathan.

Manifesto
10. Every day connect with somebody.
14. Every day the ordinary can be the extraordinary.
16. Every day looking at the order of things gives you power.

2 Comments

  1. Zofia
    Posted October 23, 2009 at 1:13 am | #

    The lamp posts will probably feel exposed now! It is a good thing you are heading into summer over there or those poor lampposts might suffer from a chill without all that extra padding! There will also be a shock to everyone’s sense of space as the posts they normally walk past will seem further away as they have shrunk in size! 🙂

  2. Posted October 23, 2009 at 7:03 am | #

    Hah! I was amazed at how many layers thick the papier-mâché was – well, duh – I know, but it had never occurred to me that reason the posters stuck out from the pole was because there were so many posters underneath. I didn’t try to lift one of the half-rounds, but I suspect they were fairly weighty – it’s a lot of paper and glue.

    I envied Nathan though, especially with xmas coming up. With a bit of paint, some macaroni, and lashings of glitter you could make horrors like those works of art that come home from kindergarten and doting parents love – and you could make them for presents for everyone. Yay!

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