Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Lost Found Art

I heard about this idea a couple of years ago and thought it was brilliant. In part because I had recently come up with the completely original thought that "enough of anything is art." I think it might have arisen during a discussion about a plant nursery down the road from where I was working at the time. They are 'famous' for the hundreds of pink flamingos that grace their lawn. The classic plastic, pepto-bismol pink flamingo is a fine example of a kitch-y object that as a lone lawn ornament is, shall we say, severely lacking. Two hundred of them in your yard--now that's a completely different story.

This company, Lost Found Art, has taken my insightful concept and made it commercially viable. There are some fine examples of junk (and junque) that individually don't hold much interest. I direct your attention to Figure A above. However, combined with 10 or 20 of their cousins, you're able to get a sense of the family dynamic--which then begins to make their individual and collective stories much more intriguing.

Of course, the real ingenious part of Lost Found Art's business plan is to do the collecting for the consumer. They have tapped into the soul of the me-generation's needs for instant gratification. Collecting can be so time consuming. How can one bypass that tedious process? As luck would have it, capitalism and a guy in Connecticut have the answer. Like I said, brilliant.

I'm posting a few of my favorite pre-collected collections here. For more, check out their site.

1 comment:

sophia said...

It's the power of Tufte's small multiples, like this: http://www.sv.vt.edu/classes/ESM4714/methods/30-30_comp_144dpi.jpg