Oi, you! Have you ever wanted to be part of a worldwide art project, but don't know how to get involved? Well I have the answer, and it's a wEARd one (you'll see why that's funny in a minute).
Ear and There is an anonymous crowdsourced Street Art project that surfaced around a year ago. The basic concept is moulded ears that are surreptitiously placed in public spaces all over the world. The organization currently has over 300 ears in more than 45 countries, from China, to the UK, to Turkey, to.... well, pretty much all over the place! To make things more interesting, they are all placed by Regular Joes like you and I.
But why is this happening? And who is behind it? Unfortunately for us nosy parkers, the initiator of the phenomenon is notoriously secretive about the motive behind this quirky project, instead telling the Creators Project that they want "everyone who experiences the project will do so in their own way."
I suggest however, that the point of this is actually more straightforward than you might think. Without having any expertise in creating art, anyone can say that they contributed to a global art initiative, and there's something inescapably cool about that. Do you need a better reason to get involved? Because I certainly don't!
In fact, I am THRILLED to announce that I will be placing an ear or two right here in Houston, and they will be the FIRST IN TEXAS EVER! If you, like me, would like to get involved and start Ear-ing up your own city, or adding more to H-town if you like, then all you have to do is ask.
Apply through Ear and There's website, and they will send you an epoxy ear (which by the way they call Souvenears, I literally can't deal with these ear puns, it's magical). So come on, get involved and be sure to keep and eye and an EAR out (sorry, I don't think I can stop) for Houston's newest Street Art addition, brought to you by the one and only ArtfulDodgy!
British-born arts blogger living in Houston, Tx. A mixture of Street Art, Fine Art, Installation, and anything weird and wonderful. Follow me if that sounds like your cup of tea.