April 11, 2007

Smartie Art Bird Mosaic

Some time ago I posted an unusual piece of art on a Yahoo group to which I belong. The question "Why?" followed. So, here's why. When we were young, my sister and I loved Smarties. Several years ago I bought bags and bags of Smarties during an after-Halloween sale thinking I would play a practical joke on my sister. I opened hundreds of rolls of Smarties, emptied them into a big box and wrapped them up as a Christmas gift for her. She gave them back to me the following year. That began several years of exchanges, each involving a creative way to package the Smarties so they wouldn't be detected before they were opened. Thousands of Smarties weigh a LOT, so this was harder than it may sound. The final exchange came when I hot-glued the Smarties to foam core in the shape of a bird. Our elderly mother liked it so much, she asked to have it displayed in the lobby of her senior housing unit and then at the senior citizens center in our small community. It became my first piece of artwork ever "shown."

Smartie Sisters