Category Archives: moved jars

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.


The four latest jar finds

I’m delighted to have been featured on Hyperallergic, New York’s largest art blog. Huge thanks to Philip Hartigan for writing the article, he’s been following the project throughout the year and I really appreciate his critical input and support.

So in case there are any new visitors from that article, I thought I’d better update the blog with the latest jar finds…

Jar No 27

Jar No 27
Kirsty Hall: Jar No. 27, Plastic dome stickers + silver film, Jan 2011

Wow, can you believe we’re still seeing jars from January? January!

I was baffled by this form but when I looked up Jar No 27, I remembered that it was found by Nick, who did say that he planned to re-release it. Clearly he did…

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

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
27

Your name (optional): Sara Bird

Date jar found (optional): 17.12.2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
It was shiny…

Where is the jar now? (optional): In my house – but I’ll find a new
place for it

Well done for finding such an early jar, Sara, that’s pretty unusual at this point.


Three for Theo

Three in a row for our keen teenage Jar Hunter, Theo.

Jar No 344

Jar No 344
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 344, Dec 2011

Jar No 345
Jar No 345
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 345, Dec 2011

Jar No 346
Jar No 346
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 346, Dec 2011

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

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
344, 345, 346

Your name (optional): Theo

Date jar found (optional): 15 dec

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
jar hunting on the first day of the holidays

Where is the jar now? (optional): on the sideboard

Thanks for letting me know, Theo. Perhaps you’ll find some of the older lost jars over the holidays.


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 319

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

Jar No 319 in situ 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 319 in situ, Nov 2011

Jar No 319 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 319 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Ink drawing over computer print
Released into wild: 15/11/11 at 23.54
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Allison on 24.11.11. She rereleased it at the North Bristol Arts trail in November where it was found by Jenny on 27/11/11 Currently in Jenny’s kitchen holding her spare change!

Comments:

My best friend was very taken with this jar, she referred to it as ‘the Moomin lanscape jar’.

Jar No 319 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 319 close up, Nov 2011

You know, I can see what she means.

Jar No 319 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 319 close up, Nov 2011

Jar No 319 close up 03
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 319 close up, Nov 2011

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More from Allison

Our wonderful Allison has been busy finding jars and then generously giving them to others to re-release.

Jar No 237

Jar No 237
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 237, August 2011

Number on lid of jar: 237

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 6.10.11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
The Big Jar Adventure

Where is the jar now? (optional): My sister has re-released it in
Exeter

Brilliant! Does your sister have any pictures of where she released Jar No 237, Allison?


Jar No 245

Jar 245 was a challenge for Allison; it took her just over a month to find it.

Jar No 245
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 245, Sept 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 245

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 6.10.11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
The Big Jar Adventure

Where is the jar now? (optional): On its way to Laura in Scotland to
be re-released.


Jar No 275

Jar No 275
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 275, Oct 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 275

Your name (optional): Allison

Date jar found (optional): 7.10.11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
The Big Jar Adventure

Where is the jar now? (optional): Another one on its way to Laura. She
is going to release a jar in John O Groats and Inverness.

I was excited to hear about Jar No 275 heading off to the most northerly point of mainland Britain. Have you re-released these two jars yet, Laura?

Allison has found another four jars more recently but I shall update those separately to stop this post from being ridiculously long.


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 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


The first Northern Irish jar

Jar No 252
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 252, Sept 2011

Jar No 252 was originally reported as being found by one of our regulars, Richard. I’m not entirely sure what happened next but I think Richard gave it to his sister-in-law, Sarah, who passed it on to her friend, Pam.

I heard from Pam today – she has kindly released the jar in Londonderry, so we can tick off our first Northern Irish city on the Big Jar Adventure list. How exciting! Thank you for the photo, Pam.


Jar No 252 in Londonderry, photo courtesy of Pam

If you’re in that neck of the woods, good luck with your jar hunting.

Jar No 285

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

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

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 12/10/11 at 23.59
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:

I’ve had very little time and energy for walking lately: it’s all happening at night with a certain air of last minute desperation about it.

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

Consequently, I’m running out of nearby jar spots and getting very fed up of walking the same old streets. I need to widen my horizons again. The trouble is that I’m so hectically busy organising the house sale and move as well as dealing with vast amounts of emotional pain, that there’s very little left for the jars. My poor, neglected jars.

I need to take my own advice and refill my well.

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Jar No 279

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

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

Contents: Ink and ink pencil drawing
Released into wild: 6/10/11 at 23.49
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Allison on 7.10.11. She rereleased it at the North Bristol Arts trail in November. Current whereabouts unknown.

Comments:

Ooh look, just the barest hint of a jar lid:

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

We are all, in a sense, experts on secrecy. From earliest childhood we feel its mystery and attraction. We know both the power it confers and the burden it imposes. We learn how it can delight, give breathing space and protect.
Sissela Bok

I’ve long thought that my work is basically about secrets: tales told and untold, things hidden or unregarded.

I’ve not promoted the jar project much. Partly because I simply haven’t had time – just doing it every day takes up most of my time and energy – but also because part of me likes that it’s a bit of a secret. I think it makes it extra special for those who are ‘in the know’ and I enjoy rewarding the people who pay attention to their environment.