Jar Rules

Every day during 2011, I am releasing a glass jar containing art or an assemblage of objects into the wild.



1. A completed jar will be placed in a publicly accessible place every day during 2011.

2. A day starts and finishes at midnight.

3. Jars may be made ahead of time: the act of walking and placing the jar constitutes the daily practice, not the making of the jars.


4. All jars must be made of clear glass.

5. Jars can be any size or shape.

6. The website name and the number of the jar will be written on the lid of the jar.
ETA: I have also started adding a friendly note telling people they can take the jars.

7. Jars will be signed and dated with permanent marker on the base of the jar.
ETA: I now also add a request that people register the jars on the website. (19/1/11)


8. Jars cannot be empty.

9. Jars can contain anything as long as it’s non-toxic and poses no danger – alas, no mercury or formaldehyde!

10. Jars must be sealed.


11. A description of the jar will be recorded before the jar is released into the wild.

12. The jars can be photographed before release but images of the jars cannot be publicly revealed before the jars have been placed outside.

13. Jars must be photographed in situ as they are released into the wild. If this is impossible due to lighting conditions, I am allowed to return to photograph the jar the following day.

14. The location of the jar will be marked on a GPS iPhone app.
ETA: I mostly stopped doing this in February after realising that my GPS was wildly inaccurate. Instead, I am photographing street names. I will still use the GPS if placing jars in rural areas.

15. Jars cannot be left on my street.

16. Jars must not be left in places where they constitute an obvious hazard, especially to children or animals.
Emergency clause added on 14/1/2011: If I realise afterwards that the jars pose a danger where they are, they may be relocated.

17. Jars cannot be placed anywhere that moves, such as buses, aircraft or trains.

18. In the event of long distance travel lasting more than 24hrs, a substitute walker will be nominated and a jar and instructions left with them.

19. In the event of the artist falling ill and being hospitalised or bedridden, a substitute walker will be nominated.
ETA: In the event of a long or serious illness, the project can last longer than a year but 365 jars will still eventually be released (25/3/11)


20. Blog entries will consist of at least one image of the jar in situ & a description of the contents of the jar.

21. Blog entries may contain other information such as my thoughts on the jar but there is no obligation to do this.

22. Blog entries do not have to be posted on the day of release but should be posted as soon as possible after release.

23. If jars are reported as found, this information will be added to their website entry.


24. I am allowed to visit jars to check if they are still there but I am not allowed to move them, even if they are no longer in their original position. If they are found nearby, a new record of their location will be made.

25. I am allowed to reposition jars if they have fallen over. I am also allowed to clean them. (Rule added on 14/1/2011)

26. If jars have not been found after one calendar month, a more revealing photograph can be published on the website. (rule altered on 19/1/11)

27. If a jar has not been found after two calendar months, the address of the location can be published on the website (rule added on 19/1/11)

28. Any jars unclaimed after 6 months can be reclaimed or relocated by the artist.