Monthly Archives: September 2011

Another three for Richard

Quite a haul for Richard who’s found Jar No 234, Jar No 250 & Jar No 251.

Jar No 234
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 234, August 2011

Jar No 250
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 250, Sept 2011

Jar No 251
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 251, Sept 2011

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

Number on lid of jar (Please include this, it’s the important bit!):
234, 250 and 251

Your name (optional): Richard

Date jar found (optional): all on Friday 9.9.11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Saw 251 while searching (I always look up – just in case) and then
finding the other two was icing on the cake.

Where is the jar now? (optional): At home, with my others. Thinking
about another Big Jar Adventure re-release

Jar No 234 was particularly well-hidden, so well done to Richard for getting that one.


Jar No 268

Jar No 268
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 268, Sept 2011

Contents: Photograph
Released into wild: 26/9/11 at 23.58
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s dad, Toby on 1/10/11

Comments:

Not a tribute to the TV show but a reflection of how I feel at the moment:

Jar No 268 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 268 close up, Sept 2011

My hands stank of mushrooms after placing this jar in its fungus-filled hidey-hole. We’re very definitely into autumn now.

Jar No 268 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 268 in situ, Sept 2011


Two more for Theo's parents

Jar No 246

Jar No 246
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 246, Sept 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 246

Your name (optional): Theo’s mum

Date jar found (optional): Today! (6/9/11)

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Hi Kirsty, sometimes it seems as though your jar walks take in places
I have lived! This one was hidden away but happened to be very close
to the house I lived in as a second year student! We love this jar,
another favourite for the list. . .

Where is the jar now? (optional): With the others, some of whom are
dreaming of pastures new . . .

Jar No 246 was the jar that Julia Kehew adopted, she’s delighted that it’s been found by Theo’s family.


Jar No 241

Jar No 241
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 241, August 2011

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

Number on lid of jar: 241

Your name (optional): Theo’s dad

Date jar found (optional): 06/09/11

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
Max said “it looks like seahorses jumping out of the water”, so we had
to find it! I was surprised that it was in such ‘plain sight’.

Where is the jar now? (optional): With the others


Jar No 267

Jar No 267
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 267, Sept 2011

Jar No 267 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 267 in situ, Sept 2011

Contents: Collage, text and glitter
Released into wild: 24/9/11 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s mum, Siân

Comments:

An unashamedly girly jar. This was repurposed from an old journal page and marks the first appearance of both glitter and collage in the jar project.

Jar No 267 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 267 close up, Sept 2011

The collage is gold leaf, rub-on text and a magazine image of a ballerina. There’s a layer of transparent paper over the whole thing, which knocks it back and gives it a more dreamy feel. I added iridescent glitter to the bottom of the jar because when you’re publicly admitting to occasional pouty urges to be a princess, you might as well go all the way and indulge your inner 7-year old.

Besides, it was funny.

I am not afraid of glitter. I think it’s amusing to use things like glitter and sequins in fine art. I like when it bothers people. Sometimes it bothers me. That’s why I do it.

Jar No 267 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 267 close up, Sept 2011

It was surprisingly tough to let this jar go: if I hadn’t been on a deadline, I would have kept it for myself and made a different one to release. I don’t often feel that way about the jars but this one is quite personal and unfortunately, it’s not one that I can remake. So I hope one of my regulars finds it quickly because I’m having a hard time restraining my inner 7-year old, who wants to rush back out to reclaim it.


Jar No 266

Jar No 266 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 266 front, Sept 2011

Jar No 266 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 266 back, Sept 2011

Jar No 266 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 266 in situ, Sept 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 23/9/11 at 23.52
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by the Theo family – Milly & her mum & dad to be specific

Comments:

Holy cow, can you believe that we’re in the last hundred jars!

Jar No 266 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 266 close up, Sept 2011

It’s very odd to suddenly be able to see the ending clearly before me, even though it’s still three months and 99 jars away.

Jar No 266 close up 01
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 266 close up, Sept 2011

Big Jar Adventure
Of course, this also means that we only have 99 days left to get jars into 52 British cities if we’re going to successfully complete the Big Jar Adventure.

Fortunately our wonderful regular, Allison has kindly offered to post jars to UK residents who can Jar Walk any of the remaining cities. I don’t know how many jars Allison has available but please leave a comment below if you’d like to receive a jar. You need to state which cities you can tag & provide an email address where Allison can contact you. If you don’t want to make your contact details public, email them to me and I’ll pass them onto Allison.


Jar No 265

Jar No 265
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 265, Sept 2011

Jar No 265 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 265 in situ, Sept 2011

Contents: Ink drawing
Released into wild: 22/9/11 at 19.09
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Another Theo family find – this one was found by Milly & her mum, Siân

Comments:

“The moment one gives close attention to any thing, even a blade of grass it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself.”
Henry Miller

Jar No 265 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 265 close up, Sept 2011

I deliberately chose this stunning red Virginia Creeper as a hiding place because it echoed the red drawing in the jar.

Jar No 265 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 265 in situ, Sept 2011

I don’t make jars for specific spots but I do enjoy choosing spots that visually resonate with a particular jar.

Please give generously

This project is largely self-funded and I rely on donations from kind people like you.


Jar No 264

Jar No 264 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 264 front, Sept 2011

Jar No 264 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 264 back, Sept 2011

Jar No 264 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 264 in situ, Sept 2011

Contents: Ink drawing with thread
Released into wild: 21/9/11 at 23.49
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

This jar kept pinging my memory but I couldn’t make the connection at first.

Eventually, I recalled a small, exquisitely threaded Naum Gabo sculpture that had captivated me when I saw it years ago in Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge.

Jar No 264 close up 04
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 264 close up, Sept 2011

That’s how art is: you find yourself subconsciously echoing things that you’ve seen and sometimes you can join up the dots and sometimes it remains a mystery.

Jar No 264 close up 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 264 close up, Sept 2011

I got a bit carried away with the close up shots for this jar because every angle was pleasingly different, so there are more photos in my Flickr set.

Jar No 264 close up 05
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 264 close up, Sept 2011


Jar No 263

Jar No 263
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 263, Sept 2011

Jar No 263 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 263 in situ, Sept 2011

Contents: Photograph
Released into wild: 20/9/11 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:

This striking jar didn’t last long in public, it was gone by the very next day. I wonder if one of my regulars recognised its spot on the Clifton Cathedral lettering and rushed out to nab it.

Jar No 263 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 263 close up, Sept 2011

Thanks

Thanks to Susan Hill who very kindly left a donation. If you’d like to help support this project, please click here for more details on how to adopt a jar or leave a donation of your choice.


Jar No 262

Jar No 262
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 262, Sept 2011

Jar No 262 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 262, Sept 2011

Jar No 262 in situ 02
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 262, Sept 2011

Contents: Blue & black ink drawing
Released into wild: 19/9/11 at 14.45
General Location: Central Bristol, BS1
Status: In situ

Comments:

Jar No 262 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 262, Sept 2011

The project is all about hidden treasure, so this mural appealed to me.

Treasure Island
Kirsty Hall: Treasure Island by Gregory Bott, Sept 2011

And because he was smart enough to sign his work, the mural painter gets some free promotion on the blog. I thoroughly approve of artists who are looking out for themselves and promoting their own careers.

Painter
Kirsty Hall: Treasure Island by Gregory Bott, Sept 2011


Jar No 261

Jar No 261
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 261, Sept 2011

Jar No 261 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 261 in situ, Sept 2011

Contents: Red and black ink drawing
Released into wild: 18/9/11 at 23.59
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

“I make art because I believe that life is about building meaningful relationships with those around me.” Jordan Casteel

This. Exactly this.

Jar No 261 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 261 close up, Sept 2011

The interactions I have with people on this blog and in the offline world are one of the most profound things about the project for me. It lies at the very core of the jar project. Although the daily commitment; the walking; the challenge of constant making and the lessons about letting go have also been hugely important.