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Monkeyshines 2011 - The Year of the Rabbit
In the waning hours of a day I can no longer distinguish from the rest of this week, I found myself standing in the middle of a crowded glass art shop. Quietly purposeful artists were gathered inside, crafting colorful glass balls and medallions stamped with the image of a rabbit. The Chinese New Year is approaching, and Monkeyshines is returning to Tacoma.
Every year since the year of the Monkey, an anonymous team has conspired to create hundreds of these glass balls and then carefully hide them all over the city. This unique art event has attracted a a slew of devotees, drawn by the beauty of the glass art and the thrill of the treasure hunt. When the first Monkeyshines ball or medallion is found, the news travels quickly. Social networks suddenly spring to life, teeming with the happy declarations and discovery tips of a community drawn together by glass art.
The shadowy Monkeyshines operation is tight-lipped. No one is told when the artworks will be hidden. No one is told where. The artists explained to me that their hope is for finders to have the joy of finding and keeping one piece of art. Should serendipity lead to more, the generous spirit of Monkeyshines demands that the finder join in the secret by telling no one. Someone else will surely find it – the Monkyeshines glass hunters are persistent and numerous.
Approximately 500 pieces of glass art will be made this year. The rabbit designs they bear were created by two local artists, and they are beautiful. There is little else I am at liberty to tell you, dear reader. Will Beautiful Angle compliment Monkeyshines with a special release again this year? Who can say? But I can share with you these pictures I snapped while trying to stay out of the way of the overwhelming production. Good luck.
Previously on Exit133: Monkeyshines 2010 is Now
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