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Make It Stick

IPP - Winter 2013 | Projects

  • The Make It Stick installation represents the bullying kids face everyay. The 2,000 Post It notes on this wall are more than just a random jumble of colors. One may view them this way when standing close to the wall but there is a much bigger picture from our project. If you take a couple steps back, the Post It notes will form an eye signifying that everyone deserves to have someone to watch over them and be an ally in the fight against bullying. On the inside of the glass the purple Post It notes have stories we collected at our school, Beaver Country Day. These stories not only serve as insights into kids bullying experiences but the stories help visually represent even greater bullying statistics. We found that these statistics hit home. The Make It Stick installation, being the culmination of the work at NuVu, is something to be proud of both artistically and emotionally.

  • Emma and I started out by knowing we wanted to do a project that was on the more artistic side. We thought covering the fishbowl with sticky notes would be a cool idea. In the process of researching we came across a whole world of sticky note art that really caught our attention. We liked that you can't tell what the picture is at first glance, but after stepping back you can see the picture. While brainstorming we also talked a lot about the idea of bullying and how it has personally effected our lives. We thought meshing the sticky note art idea and bullying could result in a really influential art installation. We both really love the idea of "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil" and thought this perfectly coinsided with the idea of ending bullying through art. We decided to put an eye, an ear, and lips on each glass wall of nuvu. After measuring the walls and calculating how many sticky notes would be necessary, we turned to photoshop to make our exact design. We picked the pictures we wanted to use and pixelated them to the exact amount of pixels as stickie notes per wall. After this we changed the picture to be just 4 colors. This photoshopped picture became our exact guide for where to put each note on the wall. We were expecting the posting process to be pretty tedious but it did take much longer than we were expecting so we ended up only posting the wall with the eye. This actually turned out to be a benefit because we had morfe time to perfect the wall and add more ideas to the project. We spent a day at our school and collected stories from the studnts about times they had been bullied. People were much more willing to share than we were anticipating and we collected a great amount of stories. We put these on the back side of the notes for 2 reasons; first, we didn't want these stories to distract from the picture of the eye and second, we wanted to take advantage of the fact that the wall is glass and could be seen from 2 sides. While doing research about bullying we found some statistics that were really powerful. Immediatly, we knew we wanted to incorporate these into our project. We used the stories on the back wall to artistically respresent the statistics that really hit home for us.

    Overall, we are very proud of our installation and think it depicts the message we wanted it to in an artistic and educational way.