Micah Lexier, All Numbers Are Equal series, 2000 and ongoing, waterjet-cut aluminum, painted various colours and produced in various sizes. In the All Number Are Equal series the numbers 1 to 9 have been analyzed and adjusted by a computer to make them equal in surface area. In some cases the numbers are sized differently in order to make them equal, in others a portion of each number is removed in order to make them equal.
When patients were committed to the Willard Asylum for the Insane in Upstate New York, they arrived with a suitcase packed with all of the possessions they thought they needed for their time inside.
Most never left. The mental hospital had an average stay of nearly 30 years. When patients died, they were buried in nameless graves across the street of the asylum. Their suitcases, with all their worldly possessions, were locked in an attic and forgotten.
In 1995, an employee of the mental hospital discovered the suitcases, 400 of them. They date from 1910 to 1960.
Now, photographer Jon Crispin is cataloging each suitcase and opening a window into the lives - and the minds - of the people deemed too unwell to be allowed in society.
This is fascinating and distressing. I wonder how many of those people were actually “unwell”, or whether it was just a reflection of what society considered unacceptable at the time.
The Cat Belt, for when you really need to stand up, regardless of who’s sleeping on your lap.
I’ve been missing music
Hälssen & Lyon, the German tea company created an innovative design to advertise their product without adhering to the ubiquitous paper calendar marketing scheme. Their calendar is created from processed, compressed tea leaves. The leaves are sliced in to thin squares, stamped with a date, and hung in a straight row. With each passing day, a tea page can be peeled off of the calendar and dropped in to a mug of hot water, becoming a tasty brew (via).