Sometimes, when I’m not boring Tom to tears thinking up improvements for public transport I like to develop ideas for art projects. I went to art school and did plenty of exhibitions, performances and installations but now I’m lazy so if you want to do this idea, go ahead.
After receiving a hefty funding grant from Creative New Zealand, two artists travel New Zealand. For neatness sake lets say they travel (by car) from Northland to Southland. Along the way they encounter clothing on the roadside – clothing on the roadside is EVERYWHERE in this country and if you haven’t noticed it before you will now I’ve mentioned it.
At each place they stop, photograph and document the clothing. The photograph is a high-colour square photo in situ that is assigned a number. That number corresponds to a sheet recording location, time, date, item. The item is then bagged and then put in the car*.
This continues around New Zealand – it will be laborious, which is why two people are required: one to drive, one to spot clothes. Shoes are allowed – especially single shoes. Shoes strug over power poles are exempt from being collected.
Once the journey is complete the artists return home to wash all the clothes and set up the exhibition.
The exhibition is a room(s) filled with the enlarged photos of the items. Underneath each photo is a plinth where the clean item is folded/displayed and on the front of the plinth is a clipboard with the sheet recording where it was found.
People can take the lost property from the exhibition but only if they can prove it is theres. They can do that by leaving a photo on the plinth of them wearing the item of clothing they took.
*On reflection keeping the clothes in the car would probably stink – a trailer might be better.