I recently met the instigator of Message in a Bottle Project. She, and the occasional collaborator, make small collages, paintings, and drawings which are then left in various public or semi-public locations to be found by whomever happens to chance upon them. She leaves contact information on the back, and encourages the finders to get in touch and let her know when and where they encountered her artistic dispersions. As she describes it on her blog:
"Our intent is seated in release, discovery, fun, exploration, stories, and connections between strangers. We like to think of MiaBs as movable, three-dimensional graffiti objects. "
Speaking of her blog, I stole this image off of it. It is one of my favorites of the MiaB pieces, although there is certainly no dearth of lovely samples:
Here are a few more examples of the aesthetic:
The project shares the playful art-in-unexpected-places ethos of my Shell Game project, but the two take very different paths when it comes to follow-up. While MiaB encourages contact and explanation, Shell Game works hard to preserve anonymity and mystery. Although I don't want to leave contact info in my work, I think the move works well for MiaB. I like keeping my clothing alterations difficult to explain, but I think that the MiaB project is served by an awareness that when one has found a "Message", they have found a discrete part of a more intricate and expansive whole. But maybe Shell Game would be served by that as well?