Korean sculptor Seung Mo Park creates giant ephemeral portraits by cutting layer after layer of wire mesh. Each work begins with a photograph which is superimposed over layers of wire with a projector, then using a subtractive technique Park slowly snips away areas of mesh. Each piece is several inches thick as each plane that forms the final image is spaced a few finger widths apart, giving the portraits a certain depth and dimensionality that’s hard to convey in a photograph
Bravo, my friend. Bravo. Even though I have no toilet issues that need solving at this time, I feel like we understand each other. I feel like you’re a dreamer.
Why do I think that? Because I doubt this idea came from corporate. I doubt upper management’s business plan vis-a-vis plumbing equipment was for each store to nominate one employee to hand-decorate the old demo toilet.
If that memo exists, I stand corrected. But no, I think this was a grassroots effort. I think you took it upon yourself to move some serious toilet appliances this month. And when you saw that demo toilet in the back room, you said to yourself, “Hells yes.”
Well “hells yes” to you, buddy. Hells yes. That is the kind of ownership and initiative we should all be taking. We could stand to spend a little more time identifying problems and proposing real solutions around here. All we need is an idea, a patch of fake grass from aisle 4, and some poster board from aisle 20 to get this thing started.
I agree with you that we can’t wait for the big ideas to come down from on high, and we can’t wait for permission or approval. Kind of like how you didn’t run the Toilet Monster by your manager before you rolled it to the front of the store.
And you know what? It worked. It worked because I came home with a 3-pack of 5/16″ x 3″ galvanized steel toilet tank bolts and a Fluidmaster Adjust-a-Flush 2″ toilet tank flapper, and I have absolutely no idea what they do.
UPDATE: Lewis Hine was a photographer who began working for the National Child Labor Committee (NCLC) in 1908 documenting working children.
Joe Manning ferreted out the stories behind this picture, and many others:
"As I type the opening words of this story, it has been five years to the month since I saw this picture for the first time, in August of 2006. It was posted on a photo blog I ran across while searching for information about Lewis Hine."
The children and families depicted in the child labor photographs of Lewis Hine were unwittingly caught in the act of making history, but we know almost nothing about them. The pictures were taken for a noble purpose, but a century later, they have become an enormous photo album of the American family. By finding out what happened to some of them, and by revealing the photos to their descendants (most descendants are unaware of them), we are dignifying their lives, and the lives of everyone that history has forgotten.