Around lunchtime today I headed into the city for the final Drop of Sharing Ink. I’d started the project at a library, the City Library, and I decided to finish it at a library too, after all I am occasionally a symmetrical kind of gal. So the obvious location for Drop 10 was the State Library of Victoria, a building and an institution I love. Not only are they a library with shelves full to bursting but they also have a mezzanine gallery with an exhibition on the history of books. So cheekily I Dropped two of the Journals there. The final Drop was Journal 22, which went into the beautiful reading room under the 100 year old dome. I walked away happy that I’d done another Drop and proud of this beautiful project, but a little sad too now it’s over!
Yesterday afternoon I headed into Flinders St Station for Drop 9. At first I had thought I’d do it at peak hour, so that people coming home from working a long week might find a beautiful thing, but I worried that there’d be too many people, so I decided to go in around 2:30 instead. Once I got there, I was really glad I had, as there were heaps of people around at that time, I couldn’t imagine just how many people would have been there 5pm on a Friday night!
It was quite tricky to drop the Journals with so many people around, I wanted to do it unobserved but that was much harder here than anywhere else I’ve done this!
This morning I wandered into the Immigration Museum for Drop 8. The Immigration Museum is in the old Customs House and the building is incredible! There was a school group taking up most of one of the floors, so I went upstairs to the top floor to find a little space in which to drop the books. On the landing on the second floor was a wishing tree, on which you could hang wishes in an ancient Japanese tradition, which was beautiful! So I couldn’t resist leaving one of the Journals on the wishing desk…
This afternoon I trekked into town to Fed Square for Drop 7. The clouds were threatening but I was feeling brave and didn’t bring an umbrella. Which, it turned out later, was the wrong decision. However, Once inside the relative warmth of Fed Square, I found that the Atrium, my planned drop zone, was filled with tables on which later tonight there will be much wine for a wine awards ceremony. I am nothing if not flexible, so instead I headed outside to drop the Journals, hoping people would find them before the rain struck.
This afternoon I went into the NGV to do drop 6. Mad props to the NGV – they have excellent security and constantly roaming volunteers which made trying to drop the Journals very tricky indeed! But I managed to drop one under the portrait of Vali Myers by one of my favourite Melbourne artists, Miso, which graces the cafe on the second floor, which made me very happy indeed.
This afternoon I headed into ACMI to do drop 5. It’s interesting to drop works of art into institutions with roving security guards and staff members constantly on the prowl. You don’t want to be busted doing the drop and asked to take it back, or worse, leave the premises. So you have to loiter around while not looking like you’re loitering, and try not to look like you’re just waiting for everyone to look the other way so you can nick something.
It’s a delicate line to walk. But I managed it today quite nicely and dropped three more Journals out in the world…
Just before lunch I headed into the Museum for Drop 4. I love Museums, they’re one of my favourite cultural institutions anywhere in the world. Today, being Sunday, the Museum was filled with visitors, which is awesome but makes it harder to put a Journal down, photograph it and walk away without anyone seeing!
The first drop, Journal 3, I left on the seat and walked away, a man came running after me saying “Excuse me, did you leave your book back there on the seat? Or is it someone else’s?” I smiled at him and said “Nah, it’s someone else’s”, which was absolutely true, Journal 3 isn’t mine, it’s for whoever finds and takes it.
Just after lunch today I headed into town to the Arts Centre for Drop #3. Like yesterday, one of the Inscribers wanted to participate in the drop of their Journal, Journal 17. The dropping of the Journal went hand in hand with the Inscription. So I wandered around and dropped Journal 27 and Journal 15 then I met Journal 17′s Inscriber at the Arts Centre cafe for the final drop of the day.
This morning I wanted to revist the three places where I’d met most of the Inscribers. So I headed back into The Moat and Mr Tulk cafes, which flank either side of the State Library of Victoria, which just happens to be third on the list of meeting places. Journal 5′s Inscriber wanted to do the drop with me, in a place that related to their Inscription and experience, so we met on the steps and did the drop together.
This morning was the first of the Sharing Ink drops… I snuck into the City Library and left these Journals around various parts of the building. Such an exciting adventure!