Each week, a decorated matchbox with a tiny present hidden inside is left by a girl (and sometimes willing friends) somewhere in her travels. It's a random act of semi-artistic kindness aimed at disrupting someone's day in a tiny but positive way. That's if they dare to pick it up...
It's been a crazy couple of weeks for me and the matchbox project! These past two weeks in particular have seen more and more emails trickle in from people who took boxes from the ACP show and have started dropping them around the world. Literally! Initially I was hoping that the matchboxes would spread around Sydney, outside my usual work-home-favourite-places radius. I was stoked when I received emails telling me boxes had been left in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Freemantle in Western Australia, in Byron Bay during Splendor in the Grass and close to Wollongong. This morning I awoke to find an email telling me that a lady had sent one to her son in Copenhagen, Denmark and that he would drop it near his home or place of work. In Denmark!! I also know that some boxes are on their way to New York City and England. So the map continues to become more and more populated, as people send in their locations and pictures.
Thanks to Georgina, Dawn & Phil, Val, Liz and Judy for sending me pics, I've put them all on the map!
The Sydney spread looks a little like this:
View full Matchbox Treasure Hunt! in a larger map
The week just passed saw me travel interstate for my first official trip with work. The program I work on was filming an outside broadcast, so I went with the crew to Queensland to film the show. It was a very intensive experience , it was incredible to see the set transposed in a community hall, to work with producers and reporters who make me want to be a better journalist and gave me some great opportunities and feedback. The use of Google maps for the matchbox project was actually inspired by an online feature I made for the show - which I'm very proud of!
I'm currently making about 100 matchboxes per week to keep the ACP stocked. The thing I love best about having helpers is their enthusiasm for the project. I love that everyone is getting really excited about leaving presents for strangers, trying their best to leave the boxes in exotic locations (I had a lighthouse this week!) or in their everyday patterns.
I was most chuffed that my boss who's always been very supportive of the project decided to leave some in his travels and write about it on his digital media blog. Thanks Val! And also to Sydney writer/radio broadcaster/sub-editor Lee Tran Lam who wrote about the project on the Inside Out blog. Having this blog and making little gifts to leave around each week has brought me a ridiculous amount of joy in unexpected forms. Last week I also received an email from Don B, who made this digital work inspired by the project that he called Miniature in Gee Minor!
Excited to see where the boxes go this week! x
|© 2002-2008. Blurty Journal. All rights reserved.|