Last year, I made an inspiration board and asked the people of Baltimore to tell me one thing they did in 2012 and what their main goal was for 2013. It was fun, and I decided to inquire again. I put up three signs in different neighborhoods (Hampden, Fells Point, and Federal Hill), asking about 2014 goals and resolutions.
These installations make me feel so connected to my community, and I’m ecstatic that all three were there when I came back to collect!
Here are some of the responses:
+ eat more cake
+ pass junior year
+ visit Emmitsburg
+ stop smoking
+ have more fun
+ quit drugs and get my family back
+ eat delicious food
+ work harder at listening to others
+ invent teleportation
+ get my shit together *
+ give high fives
+ get drunk and be somebody *
+ take risks
+ get fit
+ do the tough stuff
+ love everyone
+ make a difference in someone’s life *
+ less rape
+ do the right things in life
+ be nice
+ be kinder and more understanding
+ smile more often
+ judge less
+ no more procrastination
+ eat more spicy chicken
+ lose weight
+ stop telling my kids to “hurry up”
+ write on a light pole
+ Barbara Streisand’s PP **
* = my favorites
** = brownie points to whoever can explain this one to me!
Thanks to everyone who participated! I added little QR barcodes to the signs, so hopefully that made it easier for you guys to find these results! And check out this great shot I got of two girls adding the very first goals to the Fells Point sign. I had barely gotten back in my car before I saw them do a double take and start writing.
What about you? What are your resolutions for 2014? If you need more help, check out this list. It’s never too late to make a change!
You might be interested in the What Are You Grateful For? installation
At least it’s something that make people think a bit, instead of the annoying ads on various poles/street lights etc.
This is a fabulous idea Mary. I love how you always make the streets a more interesting place. Wish you were my neighbour and we could collaborate on ideas all the time!
I’m pretty confident that if I did something like this in my town it would be gone when I went to collect, even if it was only the next morning or a couple hours later. I live in a shitty town!
To the person who wishes to get off drugs and get their family back- I am sending you so many good vibes. Good luck getting your shit together and getting the important people back. It will take some hard work I am sure but it will be worth it in the end.
No nachos?! My favorite is “do the tough stuff”. Look at how many people’s lives you’re adding magic to!
Inspiring as always, Mary 🙂 Very cool. I don’t really do resolutions… instead, I pick a word. This year my word/s are “Be intentional.” 🙂
Your interactive community street art is the best! I am going to email you a very strange request based on the picture of the girls, it’s for an art project that’s on my to-do/goals list.