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Monkeyshines 2014 - The Year of the Horse
With Chinese New Year fast approaching, the twitchiness and paranoia that is Monkeyshines begin to fill the air. We search trees and parks. We open every newspaper box and look in every potted plant. We discover every single tossed tallboy in every bush. We walk through the city at night hoping to catch a glimpse of our first glass ball of the year. Are you ready for for the Year of the Horse?
Ms. Monkey and her team, cloaked in anonymity, have created and carefully hidden hundreds of handblown glass balls every Chinese New Year since the Year of the Monkey eleven years ago. The balls and medallions are each stamped with a symbol for the new year's animal. They appear in neighborhoods throughout the city. Beautiful Angle posters usually go up that night as well. The even more mysterious Marbleman has been thrilling hunters with his handmade glass marbles the last couple of years. The art is intended to be discovered. It is intended to surprise and be a gift.
The thrill of the hunt has created an extraordinarily devoted and loyal group of followers. The moment a ball or medallion is found, the social interwebs light up with the news. Streets throughout the Tacoma then fill with people looking for their own prized piece of art.
Chinese New Year is Friday, January 31. Will it happen that night? Maybe some other night? We're beginning to get emails from readers asking if it always happens on Chinese New Year. I sit back when asked this question and reflect on the debacle that was Monkeyshines 2010 when the glass balls went out several days early and shocked absolutely everyone. We didn't find one that year. Monkeyshines doesn’t have a webpage. There isn't an official Twitter account to give you a countdown. So, we wait and listen. As we've been reminded year after year, there's really only one rule to Monkeyshines: TAKE ONLY ONE.
For us, it’s about wonder and a child-like search for treasure. It's about magic. We don't ask questions. We enjoy the moment. Good luck to all our Monkeyshine hunting friends!
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