Thursday, August 30, 2012

Boxed In...

...Wanting Out

This is a headline from a recent newspaper article that was brought to my attention in light of STASH. Tagline: A new study of American families reveals troubling trends: Too much stuff, too little time. 

Click here to read the story.

Below are a few of my favorite excerpts:

“Somehow the Barbies multiply,” she explained as she shopped at a big box store in Waltham. “One turns into 10 turns into 100.” The doll is not her only tiny tormentor. “Playmobil,” she said as if it were a bad word. “I’ve got bins and bins of Playmobil.”

The rise of Costco and similar stores has prompted so much stockpiling — you never know when you’ll need 600 Dixie cups or a 50-pound bag of sugar — that three out of four garages are too full to hold cars.

Pohl’s possessions do bring some joy, of course, albeit in some cases it’s when they’re being tossed out. “It’s cathartic,” she said, happily recalling the dumpster outside her home when she moved a few years ago. “I felt so light.”

The STASH sculptures are progressing nicely.  I'm working with the Somerville Arts Council on the schedule for the installation, an opening reception and a broadcast from Somerville Television on the show Culture Club with Rachel Strutt... more on all of this later.

This program is supported in part by the Somerville Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

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