Post-its – those handy little sticky notes – turn 30 this year. To celebrate the milestone, 3M is inviting young people aged 11 – 18 to create Post-it art. The winner will work with an artist to create the world’s largest billboard made entirely of Post-it notes. It will be displayed in Vanderbilt Hall at New York’s Grand Central Station in August 2010.
Both contest and prize seem appropriate; Post-its have often been used as a medium to channel artistic expression…
Here Post-its are arranged on a four-story canvas to recreate a classic Nintendo game.
This mural is actually a mosaic of individual, community-generated to-do notes.
In a pinch, you can also use them to redecorate your home.
The deadline for the contest is June 4, 2010.
And if you feel like you might need some background for your Post-It art, check out Studio 360′s post-it sized profile of the Post-It, provided by Paola Antonelli, design curator at the Museum of Modern Art.
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Last night, I joined hundreds of nostalgic 30-somethings at a 30th anniversary screening of The Muppet Movie in Brooklyn. Seeing it on the big screen was pure delight, and proved the lasting genius of Jim Henson and co. Everything holds up: the snappy dialogue (Man in Swamp: “You, you with the banjo, can you help me? I seem to have lost my sense of direction!” Kermit: “Have you tried Hare Krishna?”); the irresistible soundtrack (the Electric Mayhem jams are the best); the hilarious cameos (Mel Brooks as Dr. Mengele-like mad scientist); and, of course, the unforgettable Muppets themselves (witness Miss Piggy transform from precious damsel-in-distress to gangster-ass-kicker, with her unmistakable battle cry: “HEEEE-YAH!”).
But all that I expected (I do, after all, own the DVD). The real surprise of the evening was the short film that opened the screening: Jim Henson’s “Time Piece” from 1965. There are no Muppets in this one – it’s a surrealist experimental film, in a similar vein as Bunuel and Dali’s Un Chien Andalou, but much less creepy. It follows an everyman (Henson) through life’s major cycles – work, love, war, death – with a jazzy, percussive, nearly dialogue-free soundtrack. It’s thought-provoking, but also funny. Watch a low-res version here, or, if you want a copy for yourself, the movie is now available on iTunes.
*there is a slightly cleaner version at this site
- Leital Molad
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