In 2012, while traveling throughout India and Nepal, I was often approached by children asking for pens or pencils. Unfortunately, I was unprepared for their requests and ultimately disappointed. After that experience, I created custom pencils to distribute during my future travels. Part sculptural installation art, part relational street art, the pencils are intended to inspire those who find them.
Pencils (2013 – ) is a collection of 1,000 pencils being distributed throughout the world. The latin phrase, "Ars Longa, Vita Brevis" translates simply as "Life is Short, the Art Long". As a pencil is used and becomes shorter, the individual's opportunity to create decreases. To date, I have placed pencils by hand in the following countries: Australia, Austria, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, England, Germany, Indonesia, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Singapore, (South) Korea, Taiwan, and the United States.
"Pencil Dropping Around the Globe" is a Staff Pick at GOOD.IS