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Yes. More happy in the world please.

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    brian 1 year, 9 months ago

    I can't adequately explain how much I like this. There is something about taking an ordinary thing in life that is normally completely ignored and changing the meaning of it in a way that surprises and delights people.

    When I was in college there was this lamppost base in a parking lot where the lamppost had been removed and there it sat as an empty base for years. It had four screws poking out of a big slab of 1970's-era concrete. I can still remember how it looked—it was a complete eyesore—but I just gradually began to accept it as an ugly relic of the campus from years past.

    A guy I knew walked by it for about six months and then decided to do something about it. He created a unique 6 foot tall metal sculpture (he wasn't even an art student) and one night, late into the night, he snuck onto campus and affixed the sculpture to the lamppost.

    The sculpture remained there for several years and although no one really talked about it, it improved the campus in a small way. After all of that time, when he graduated he decided he wanted to take the sculpture back (I"m not sure why) but he ended up contacting the university and explaining it to them. They allowed him to come on campus and take his sculpture back home.

    I'm not sure if there's anything on that lamppost these days but I hope so. Or I hope not, and that someone else is deciding to put something unique and creative on there right now.


    • ahnyerkeester

      ahnyerkeester 1 year, 9 months ago

      That's pretty cool. Maybe he took it because it was the neatest thing he ever made and he wanted to have it. Wish more people would do good things just because they are enjoyable.