Jar No 114

Jar No 114
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 114, April 2011

Jar No 114 in situ
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 114 in situ, April 2011

Contents: Silver wire & micro beads
Released into wild: 24/4/11 at 21.37
General Location: Clifton, Bristol
Status: Found by Mark Higson


This project is a phenomenal amount of work and I can go from ‘completely on top of it’ to ‘holy cow, why am I doing this to myself?’ in a matter of hours. My Chronic Fatigue Syndrome has been flaring this week and over the last two days, the jars have felt decidedly Sisyphean.

In an effort to cheer myself up, I decided I needed some uncomplicated sparkly prettiness in today’s jar. I am usually wary of prettiness and try to avoid too much of it but occasionally it feels just right.

Jar No 114 close up
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 114 close up, April 2011

Jar No 114 distortion
Kirsty Hall: Jar No 114 distortion, April 2011

Because I’m feeling unwell, my mood about Easter has been equally sour.

I’m not a Christian, so the holiday has little intrinsic meaning for me (although I do appreciate the chocolate) and frankly I was fed up of hearing about it. However, I didn’t want to rain on anyone’s parade by being cynical or sceptical, so I was keeping my mouth shut about my feelings.

Then when I was out on my Jar Walk, I found this charming child’s drawing taped to a house railing.

Izzy's drawing
Kirsty Hall: Izzy’s Drawing, April 2011

The innocent, heartfelt wish that I have a good Easter hit me hard and I nearly burst into tears on the spot. Not because of anything to do with Easter but simply because a small child had taken the time to do something nice for passers-by. Naturally, I instantly made the connection with what I’m doing – leaving art for people to find, in the hope that it will brighten their day.

So thank you for your lovely message, Izzy.

I can’t honestly say that I’ve had a happy Easter – it’s been a tough day and right now my body hurts a lot – but your drawing made it a wee bit better. You reminded me that my jars are worth doing; even on days like today when they feel like an enormous burden and I thank you for that.

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2 Responses to Jar No 114

  1. LaVonne says:

    What a lovely the story, Kirsty. I’m so glad you took shared it. I hope you feel better soon!

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