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Jar No 362

Jar No 362
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 362, Feb 2012

Jar No 362 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 362 in situ, Feb 2012

Contents: Plastic, glass wax
Released into wild: 16/2/12 at 14.35
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

Don’t worry, the jar isn’t broken: I coated the inside of the jar with glass wax and it cracked as it cooled. The plastic domes were stuck inside before I added the hot wax.

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I’d had the glass wax for donkey’s years. One of the most fun parts of the project for me was playing with materials that I’d hadn’t used before.

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This was one of the most dangerous jars I made. The fumes from the glass wax were horribly nasty and stank out the house for hours.

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Plus it melted at such a high temperature that when I dropped a tiny splash, it melted a hole in the kitchen countertop! Glass wax is scary stuff but oh-so-worth-it for this amazing look.

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My husband said, ‘I don’t think the average punter will think this is anything other than a broken jar’. He’s probably right but fortunately, it wasn’t found by an average punter but by one of our dedicated family of jar hunters.

Number on lid of jar: 362

Your name (optional): Theo’s mum Sian

Date jar found (optional): 19/02/12

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional):
On the way home from school, spotted the railing and the post!

Where is the jar now? (optional): Really like the combination of sharp
cracks and smooth wax!. Hoping the last 3 will still emerge!


Jar No 317

Jar No 317
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317, Nov 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317 in situ, Nov 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317 in situ, Nov 2011

Contents: Text and binary on printed transparency
Released into wild: 13/11/11 at 23.57
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: In situ

Comments:

Apologies for the lack of updates – I’ve been decluttering in preparation for my house move in January. We’re downsizing from an enormous house to a 2-3 bedroom one and if we don’t get rid of massive amounts of stuff, the new place will look like something from one of those hoarding programmes! So I’ve spent the last week sorting through stuff with my best friend – she comes over for a week and we go at it hard. It’s great to get it done but unfortunately, it’s so all-consuming that I find it impossible to blog while it’s happening.

Although the decluttering is hard work, it often throws up welcome treasures for the jars. This printed transparency came from a small set of embroideries I made years ago for an online art swap. The transparency was originally used to make copies onto silk but I think it makes an interesting jar in its own right.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317 close up, Nov 2011

I wrote the poem at a time when the internet was known as The World Wide Web, hence the spider reference. The binary is a fragment of the same text – the original work contained the entire poem repeated in binary but I had to cut the transparency down considerably to fit it into the jar.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317 close up, Nov 2011

I especially like the way the writing looks from the back.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 317 close up, Nov 2011

It’s just struck me that more than a decade after this was made, my work is still intimately entwined with the internet. The jar project could exist without the internet but it would be a very different experience.


Jar No 156

Jar No 156 front
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 156 front, June 2011

Jar No 156 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 156 in situ, June 2011

Contents: Paper yarn, thread and plastic
Released into wild: 5/6/11 at 23.53
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo’s Dad on 6/6/11

Comments:

This jar has been sitting unfinished on my desk for a week. Tonight it finally came together when I added the translucent plastic.

I love the way the plastic obscures the thread and the paper yarn and originally the plastic encompassed the whole jar.

Jar No 156 back
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 156 back, June 2011

But it was frustrating not to be able to see the contents, so I cut the plastic down to leave a small viewing area.

Jar No 156 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 156 close up, June 2011


Jar No 141

Jar No 141
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 141, May 2011

Jar No 141 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 141 in situ, May 2011

Contents: Plastic, thread, beads
Released into wild: 21/5/11 at 23.45
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Theo on 22/5/11, this is his 3rd jar

Comments:

I’ve been exhausted and ill all day, so I didn’t want to walk this jar. I put it off and put it off.

But as I reluctantly dragged myself out and started moving, I began to feel the familiar magic of walking. Putting one foot in front of the other, feeling myself start to breathe deeper and the desire of my body to move. Walking is such a simple, complicated, powerful thing. There is a deepness and wisdom in walking. And as someone who often struggles to walk far because of illness, I cherish it.

“Walking gets the feet moving, the blood moving, the mind moving. And movement is life.”
Carrie Latet

Jar No 141 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 141 close up, May 2011

“Walks. The body advances, while the mind flutters around it like a bird.”
Jules Renard

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 141 distortion, May 2011

“We live in a fast-paced society. Walking slows us down.”
Robert Sweetgall

Help the project

Help me walk further afield. If you donate to the project, I will be able to travel beyond Bristol and leave more jars around Britain.


Jar No. 76

Jar No 76
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 76, March 2011

Jar No 76 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 76 in situ, March 2011

Contents: Plastic, ink, typewriter ribbon
Released into wild: 17/3/11 at 20.56
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Duncan on 6/4/11

Comments:

The text reads “Will all our words be lost?”

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 76 close up, March 2011

The words casting shadows on the typewriter ribbon was an unexpected bonus.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 76 close up, March 2011


Jar No. 37

Jar No 37
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 37, Feb 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 37 in situ, Feb 2011

Contents: Pins in polystyrene ball
Released into wild: 6/2/11 at 16.47
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.

Comments:
This was a very satisfying jar to make, even though it took me the best part of three hours!

This jar feels quite mathematical – the phrase ‘disrupting Platonic solids’ popped into my head as I was methodically pinning and now I’m having interesting thoughts about a whole series of geometric forms that are distorted or subverted in some way.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 37, close up, Feb 2011

While I was jar walking, some of the pins dislodged themselves and then wedged themselves back into the ball. I felt momentarily cross about this but decided that even though it disrupts the perfection, it’s part of the jar’s story now. It’s a physical record of the walk the jar took. I could even hear the ball bouncing around in my bag as I was walking.

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 37, messed up pins Feb 2011

And there’s a certain poetry that the ball took it upon itself to further disrupt that Platonic ideal. Some days it definitely feels as though the jars are in charge.

Besides, it’s not as if I could fix it, since nothing short of a hammer is getting that ball out of that jar!


Jar No 33

Jar No 33
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 33, Feb 2011

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 33 close up, Feb 2011

Jar No 33 - in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 33 in situ, Feb 2011

Contents: Paper, thread, plastic silver discs
Released into wild: 2/2/11 at 15.43
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Missing. If you’ve found this jar, please register it.
Still in place on 9/2/11 Had gone by 21/2/11

Comments:
This is a jar is dedicated to my honey, Cat, who is celebrating his birthday today. He is a huge supporter of my work and helps make it possible by being an awesome ‘art husband’. He can often be found picking up the pieces when I bite off more than I can chew and I could not do this project without him. Thank you, Beloved.

I’m still playing with ideas of concealing and revealing things. Two silver plastic discs are aligned with the holes in the paper. They are suspended from the centre of the lid and spin when the jar is moved:


I swapped this jar for a glove.

Colourful lost glove
Kirsty Hall: Colourful lost glove, Feb 2011

I am currently collecting gloves for a project called The Unravelling. This involves documenting and collecting lost gloves which I will then wash, dry, unravel and comb back into fibre. In the spring, I will replace the fibre outside for the birds to collect and use as nesting material. I’ve found seven or eight usable gloves on my jar walks.


3 jars recorded

Jar No. 5

Jar No 5 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No. 5, handwritten text on paper yarn, Jan 2011

Number on lid of jar*: 5

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

Your name (optional): Rob

Date jar found (optional): December

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional): Intrigue

Where is the jar now? (optional): Closer than you think…..

Bit of a mystifying jar report this one – it can’t have been found in December since Jar No. 5 wasn’t released until January and what does ‘closer than you think’ mean? You’ve got me wondering, Rob.

Jar No. 26

Guess who found Jar No. 26

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Kirsty Hall: Jar No 26, Ink drawing and wild clematis seeds, Jan 2011

Number on lid of jar*: 26

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

Your name (optional): Mark Higson

Date jar found (optional): 27/01/2011 12:10

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional): Because I think seven is a nicer number than six. I find some jars because I instantly know, from the photographs, where they are. Others, I stumble into on aimless, exploratory walks, not having any particular goal in mind. The ones somewhere between are my favourites, and #26 was a perfect exemplar. Knowing it was somewhere in the centre, and seeing the trees and the walls and the shop fronts in the background, I knew it must have been in Castle Park. But finding it involved tracing the park’s complicated patterns of walls, climbing and clambering to see each side of each one, cross-referencing against my visual memory of the scene, and I had so much fun just searching that I was almost deflated to find it after only a minute or two. Thank goodness it’s so beautiful, in its own simple, understated way.

Where is the jar now? (optional): Added to the jarchive!

I’m laughing out loud at the thought of Mark’s office having 7 jars in it – you’ll be running out of desk space soon, Mark!

Jar No. 27

Our space age Jar No 27, has been found.

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

Number on lid of jar*: 27

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

Your name (optional): Nick

Date jar found (optional): 31st Jan 2011

If you collected a jar, what motivated you to pick it up? (optional): I’d have left it for someone else to find but I live on the street where it was placed, so in a sense it’ll remain ‘in situ’ but now amongst my eclectic objet d’Art inside my nearby house.

Where is the jar now? (optional): As above – with it brother and sister jars on my kitchen shelves.

Nick also commented:

I found jar 27 today but… I’m not the photographer. He must have been satisfied with taking a photo rather than the jar itself. I live but doors down from where #27 spent a few cold nights so I’m just keeping it until the weather warms up enough for a re-release.

Nick, I hope you’ll let me know when and where you release it and I hope you enjoy having it on your kitchen shelves in the meantime.

Thanks to Rob, Mark and Nick for recording their finds.


Jar No. 27

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

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

Contents: Plastic dome stickers + silver film
Released into wild: 27/1/11 at 16.33
General Location: Stokes Croft/St Paul’s, Bristol
Status: Found by Nick on 31/1/11. Re-released later in the year and found a second time by Sara Bird on 17/12/2011

Comments:
I made this jar to explore the distorting, reflective qualities of the glass. I stuck plastic dome stickers to the inside of the jar and after much experimenting, placed a cylinder of reflective silver film in the middle. My honey thinks this jar has a bit of a TARDIS feel to it and I know what he means.

I love the way the domes are reflected in the silver film:
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Kirsty Hall: Jar No. 27, Plastic dome stickers + silver film, Jan 2011

Naturally, being reflective, this jar changes with its environment:
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Kirsty Hall: Jar No. 27, Plastic dome stickers + silver film, Jan 2011

My legs want you to know…

…that this was the longest jar walk to date.

I’d had two very short walks in the previous two days and I think my body was desperate to walk because once I started, I just couldn’t stop. I walked for about an hour and a half: I was getting tired and the light was starting to go when I finally spotted this perfect window ledge on this glorious abandoned building.

But look what was there instead of art!

Swapsies
Kirsty Hall: Crushed can, Jan 2011

So I played swapsies:

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

The art looks better, don’t you think?

This is the first time I’ve cleared rubbish while jar walking but it’s something that I’ve been thinking about doing more off. I see a lot of litter on my jar walks and I love the idea of exchanging litter for art, so I’m going to start carry a plastic bag and gloves.

Another exciting thing happened on this jar walk.

After I’d walked away from the jar, I met another photographer who was about to walk down the road where the jar was located and I saw him spot the jar! He didn’t take it but he stopped and took photographs. I wonder if he’ll register his find?

I’ve never seen someone find one of the jars before and I was almost giggling aloud with glee.