Sunday, April 12, 2009

What Are Urban Relics?

Answer: Objects that have lost their functionality in the 21st Century.

The "things" that define our society quickly become relics when we enter a new age. Jumping from the 20th into the 21st Century immediately sealed the fate for many objects that were considered essential, but are now being replaced or abandoned.

Newspaper stands are empty as daily newspapers are quickly going bankrupt. Weekly rags for singles, auto sales, real estate listings, and more are vanishing as readers utilize the Internet as their source of information.

Public telephone booths have been stripped bare as miniature cell phones replace the cumbersome rotary telephones. (Superman wouldn't have survived in the 21st century~ no place to change!)

The list goes on ... reference books, brooms, ... what else comes to mind?

Two northern California artists are locating these Urban Relics and are artfully "altaring" them, giving them new life and beauty. It's a new adventure. Our goals are to have fun (responsibly); leave behind some public art; and possibly create a global network of other artists who share in the joy of artfully 'altar'd' Urban Relics.

Janet Manalo and Ann Jacobs

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