Category Archives: Lost jars

Jar No 350

Jar No 350 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 350 front, Dec 2011

Jar No 350 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 350 back, Dec 2011

Jar No 350 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 350 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 30/12/11 at 23.58
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:

I’m moving house at the end of this month, so I’ve had to be strict with myself over buying new art materials. But I needed some new alcohol inks to complete the previous jar and now I’m having fun playing with them.

Jar No 350 close up front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 350 close up front, Dec 2011

I like the fact that this kind of ink sinks right through the paper but dries instantly without warping the paper; it allows me to make different drawings on both sides of the paper.

Jar No 350 close up back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 350 close up back, Dec 2011

Thanks

Many thanks to Toby, Theo’s dad, who recently left another donation. If you’d like to help the project and get a mention on the blog, click here to donate.


Catching up with November

Gradually working my way backwards through my submitted jar forms. What, isn’t that what everyone does on Christmas Eve? I am listening to Christmas songs on YouTube at the same time, which obviously makes it properly festive.

Jar No 272

Jar No 272
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 272, Sept 2011

I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar: 272

Your name (optional): rupert small

Date jar found (optional): about a month ago

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
i was collecting (actually stealing) figs and saw a jar with a picture
in. my first impression was that it was some kind of anonymous
present, for anyone to take. so i reached up and grabbed it, before i
realised the mission statement on the lid. i liked the mission
statement (a bit, not too much), so i took the jar home. its also a
big ego-stroker: i’m one of 365 of 7 billion! wow!

Where is the jar now? (optional): BS8 1QT

I love that Rupert recognised how special and rare it is to find a jar. It’s especially tough to find a jar when you’re a new person because there’s such competition from my elite cadre of regulars.

I’m not clear from this form whether Rupert has kept Jar No 272 or if he’s re-released it at the post code mentioned. It might be worth taking a look around that area if you’re a jar hunter.


Jar No 310

Jar No 310
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 310, Nov 2011

The little froggie jar took a bit of finding. According to his wife, Siân, it took Toby two goes to find it…

“Toby went back and had a better look and 310 was there after all. He says it was well buried in the leaf litter. Lovely jar!”


An update from Ruth

I also heard from Ruth Churchman back in November.

Ruth is a regular reader and found two of the jars that I released up in Scotland. She re-released Jar No 100 in Newcastle ages ago and recently went back to check on it.

Jar No 100
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 100, April 2011

Ruth wrote:

“I went past the spot in Newcastle I released Jar No. 100, and it has definitely gone.

I came down to Bristol briefly in August for a friend’s wedding, sorry didn’t get in touch, time was tight. I had brought down Jar No. 99 and left it with my brother, Ian, in Brighton (Hove actually) so he could release it there for the Big Jar Adventure, however you beat him to it, and he’s looking out for a friend to send it to in another city.

So now I am jarless!! I brought the jar down with me, with a misguided confidence that I could easily find a jar to replace it in Clifton on my visit. I popped into Clifton with my friend Amanda (finder of jar no. 98), and wandered all around the area you live, and the central area rummaging behind walls, under hedges, by railings, but no luck 🙁 I did manage to buy some wool and lovely buttons in Clifton though, and had coffee and cake in the cafe attached to the deli there, lovely. I’m trying to do some long distance jar hunting, and worked out where the Mary Poppins graffiti is in Lewes, and have instructed my brother to go find it, but he hasn’t got around to it, I guess he just hasn’t got the jar hunting bug, like me. I would so love a knitting related jar, and would keep it forever. On a knitting note, I have just released my 1st knitting pattern, thought as an experienced knitter you might like
it – wrote a blog post about the design.

Glad the project is still continuing, I realise what a challenge it’s been. Well done, you’re nearly there!
love
Ruth”

Ah lucky you, Ruth, sounds like you visited The Arch House Deli, which is my favourite cafe in Clifton. Thanks for letting me know about your jars, it’s such a shame that Jar No 100 has vanished, I hope someone reports it eventually. Please let me know where Jar No 99 ends up if your brother finds a home for it.


Allison confesses

Remember the North Bristol Arts Trail mystery? Allison has admitted that she was our culprit.


I’ve seen or collected a jar: Collected a jar

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
137, 279, 285, 303, 309, 315, 319, 324

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 13.7.11, 7.10.11, 6.11.11, 6.11.11,
6.11.11, 13.7.11, 24.11.11, 24.11.11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
OK. It was me. 8 jars released at the arts trail. I had fun! I also
hoped they would get re-released. 137 was found in its original
location, it had fallen behind the wall!

Where is the jar now? (optional): Scattered around North Bristol.


Jar No 137
Jar No 137
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 137, May 2011

I knew Jar No 137 was missing but I didn’t know that Allison had found it, so I’m delighted that it’s turned up again. Allison must have really hunted for this one: I’m imagining her sprawled over the wall rummaging in the garden. I wonder how many missing jars have just fallen off their walls?


Jar No 279
Jar No 279
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 279, Oct 2011

Another jar that I knew was missing and that I’m pleased to see again.


Jar No 285

Jar No 285
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 285, Oct 2011

No word on Jar No 285, has anyone found it?


Jar No 303
Jar No 303
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 303, Oct 2011

Jar No 303 was the first jar to be reported from the arts trail. I’m still not sure if this one was collected or just spotted.

Jar No 309

Jar No 309
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 309, Nov 2011

I wasn’t sure about Jar No 309 because it was reported by two other people but Allison definitely found it where it was originally hidden.

Yes I can confirm that I found jar 309 under the traffic cone on Nov 6th and rereleased it on Nov 26th at the art trail. I’m sorry that I didn’t keep a record of each venue I released a jar in. It was all a bit cloak and dagger, but very exciting! I hope they all get logged.

Looking at the dates, it’s clear now that the two finders mentioned here, must have found it at the art trail. Guthrie obviously found it on the 5th December, not the 5th November as he accidentally wrote on his form. I didn’t realise that this jar was an art trail find until Allison told me that she’d released it.


Jar No 315
Jar No 315
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 315, Nov 2011

No jar forms in for Jar No 315, so perhaps it’s still lurking either in an artist’s house or somewhere around the trail. Imagine how odd it would be if it is in an artist’s house and they just haven’t noticed it yet – it would freak me out if I found it weeks later and had no idea how it got into my house!


Jar No 319
Jar No 319
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 319, Nov 2011

Jar No 319 was found by Jenny and is currently residing in her kitchen where she’s storing her spare change in it!


Jar No 324
Jar No 324
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 324, Nov 2011

Jar No 324 was spotted at the arts trail by Sherwin but seems to be missing again.


Altogether that makes four of Allison’s eight releases that were either found or spotted, I hope the rest reappear.


Jar No 343

Jar No 343
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 343, Dec 2011

Jar No 343 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 343 in situ, Dec 2011

Jar No 343 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 343 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 11/12/11 at 23.55
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:

Jar No 343 close up 03
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 343 close up, Dec 2011

Jar No 343 close up 04
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 343 close up, Dec 2011

There are some very pretty Christmas windows in Clifton village this year…

Blue Christmas tree 01
Kirsty Hall: Blue Christmas window, Dec 2011

Blue Christmas tree 02
Kirsty Hall: Blue Christmas window, Dec 2011

White Christmas lights
Kirsty Hall: White Christmas window, Dec 2011

Now I want to make sparkly jars!


Jar No 335

Jar No 335
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 335, Dec 2011

Jar No 335 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 335 in situ, Dec 2011

Contents: Ink drawing on photo paper
Released into wild: 2/12/11 at 23.58
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:

“Drawing is a frame of mind, a loving embrace, if you will.”
Susan Avishai

Jar No 335 close up
Kirsty Hall: No Jar 335 close up, Dec 2011


Jar No 333

Jar No 333 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 333 front, Nov 2011

Jar No 333 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 333 back, Nov 2011

Jar No 333 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 333 in situ, Nov 2011

Jar No 333 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 333 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Ink drawing, glass and metal frame, thread
Released into wild: 30/11/11 at 23.03
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:

Such a wet Jar Walk. I had intended to walk further but the rain was belting down and it was cold and miserable. My dedication to my art has its limits!

The pavements were so slick with rushing water that I had to walk in the road on occasion. The water came pouring from sloped driveways and I thought about how we pave too much of our cities, so there is nowhere for the water to go.

Jar No 333 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 333 close up, Nov 2011

I thought about all my other jars out in the wild and had a fierce moment of concern for them. I hope none of them got so drenched that they were ruined: the glass and the lid mostly protects the art but it’s not invulnerable.

Jar No 333 close up 02

By this point in the project, I’ve become almost immune to what happens to the jars after I release them but occasionally they still tug at my heart.

Thanks

Huge thanks to Marie Shaw for her recent kind donation. If you’d like to donate to the project, please click here for details.


Jar No 324

Jar No 324
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 324, Nov 2011

Jar No 324 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 324 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Ink drawing, thread
Released into wild: 21/11/11 at 23.56
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here. Spotted at the North Bristol Art Trail but now missing again.

Comments:

I don’t know about you but this jar makes me think of candy…

Jar No 324 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 324 close up, Nov 2011


Jar No 315

Jar No 315
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 315, Nov 2011

Jar No 315 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 315 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 11/11/11 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Allison on 13.7.11. She rereleased it at the North Bristol Arts trail in November. Current whereabouts unknown.

Comments:

One of the things I’ve enjoyed about this project is the way the art changes when I put it in a jar. I enjoy how the shadows and reflections alter what’s inside…

Jar No 315 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 315 close up, Nov 2011

…and how it looks from different angles.

Jar No 315 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 315 close up, Nov 2011

Adopt-A-Jar

There’s still time to adopt a jar before the end of the year.


Jar No 307

Jar No 307
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 307, Nov 2011

Jar No 307 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 307 back, Nov 2011

Jar No. 307 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 307 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Paper and thread
Released into wild: 3/11/11 at 23.56
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of the ‘mini-retrospective-in-a-jar’ pieces but this jar was directly inspired by this thread drawing on canvas that I made back in 2006.

black thread05
Kirsty Hall: Black thread drawing,2006

The jar version is on paper rather than canvas and obviously red thread instead of black.

Jar No 307 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 307 close up, Nov 2011

Jar No 307 close up 03
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 307 close up, Nov 2011

Adopt-A-Jar

Want to become an extra special Jar Fan? There’s still time to adopt a jar.


Jar No 303

Jar No 303
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 303, Oct 2011

Jar No 303 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 303 in situ, Oct 2011

Jar No 303 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 303 in situ, Oct 2011

Contents: Red ink drawing
Released into wild: 30/10/11 at 23.56
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Allison on 6.11.11. She rereleased it at the North Bristol Arts trail in November. Current whereabouts unknown.

Comments:

Ah yes, the great Time Change debacle of 2011.

Rather embarrassingly, I edited five whole days of photos, getting increasingly concerned by my apparent inability to get the jars out on time before I realised the obvious truth. I hadn’t missed my deadline five days in a row, I’d simply forgotten to reset the clock on my camera when the clocks went back! Boy, do I feel dumb as a box of rocks.

Jar No 303 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 303 close up, Oct 2011

Extra clues for Jar No 219

Jar No 219
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 219, Aug 2011

If you’re hunting for this jar, why not look out for Jar No 219, which has suddenly reappeared from behind a blanket of clematis leaves.

Jar No 219 extra clue 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 219 extra clue, Oct 2011

Jar No 219 extra clue 03
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 219 extra clue, Oct 2011

If you do find it, it’s going to need a bit of a clean – it’s been buried in that wall since August!

Jar No 219 extra clue 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 219 extra clue, Oct 2011