Adopt a Brick

Last December I was grateful to be awarded a Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Board/McKnight Foundation Fellowship. The money I received was used to create documentation of the individual bricks that comprise my interactive, unlimited-edition recycled boxboard and blister plastic installation Archival Structure 5. Follow this link to see how the project works.

Here are some samples of Bricks you can adopt. Pick a brick, note its number, and E mail me at post@davidhamlow.com with your choice. I will send the brick to you! More bricks, and multiple views of each brick are coming soon in a new section of the website being constructed now. For the time being-enjoy a few separate views of each brick and order a brick is you have interest!

 

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Brick 8 (front view)

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Brick 8 (open). You add an item to the empty compartment and display the brick, making it a collaboration between you and me.

 

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Brick 59 (Front view). 

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Brick 59 (open). That’s a pink Ninja in there!

 

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Brick 100 (Front View). 

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Brick 100 (Side View).  This time I will keep the contents a mystery!

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Brick 174 (Front View)

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Brick 174 (back view).

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Brick 174 (open view). What is that in there? Adopt this brick and find out!

I am photographing each brick from every angle. Eventually I hope to have a special page on the website where you can browse each brick and turn it around in space before making your choice.

Below: every view of Brick 181:

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Brick 181 (front)

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Brick 181: (side).

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Brick 181 (back).

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Brick 181 (other side).

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Brick 181 (top).

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Brick 181 (bottom).

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and Brick 181 (open).

A few more choices:

 

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Brick 194 (front).

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Brick 210 (Front).

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Brick 210 (bottom).

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Brick 246 (front).

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Brick 246 (back).

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Brick 268 (front).

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Brick 268 (top).

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Brick 279 (front).

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Brick 279 (side).

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Brick 804 (front).

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Brick 804 (open). 

The item I put in each brick is a ‘junk-drawer’ item: something obsolete or useless that I can’t seem to get myself to throw away. When someone adopts a brick, they put an item from their junk drawer in the empty compartment. These items become useful again-as artifacts in a dialog within this artwork.

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You can even send it back to me from time to time to include it in a new installation.  The bricks were designed to be completely reversable, so they can act as their own plain paperboard mailers. (See here). This way, the component you
adopt also has the potential to continue to be a part of the whole work. It costs about $2.00 in postage to send the brick.
If you insert return postage stamps in the box, I will return the brick to you between installs. Thus the exchange has the possibility of being endless.

The grant also provided funds to create instructional videos for interacting with my work.

I have created an instructional video that will show you how to reverse your mailer back into a brick when it comes in the mail. See it here.

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You can even order a template and make a brick from scratch at home. See the instructions here.

This activity was made possible with funds provided by a fellowship grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council and the McKnight Foundation.

 

 

 

 

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