So is this MyPhoneStone on steroids? Ouch, sore subject these days. Coincidentally, the first of these pieces go to a bicyclist friend of mine from Texas. No, not who you’re thinking of. This Guy is also a motorcyclist and techy UX design geek, AND one of my Kickstarter supporters. Remember Kickstarter? Yes, I am still diligently fulfilling my promises and most of them are met. And here’s one more. And this one is cool!
I like it when I get excited about something I’ve created. Trust me; it doesn’t always happen on the first try. Much sweat and bruises and burns and ideas tried and tweaked and tried again until it gets to the cool. I’ve got an abrasion from the wire brush wheel to prove it!
Making things that have function almost makes this into work. But rest assured, though these are functional, they are ART first. And that is what makes this fun. Art + geeky tech stuff has to be fun! Isn’t that one of the laws of thermodynamics?
Practical minded thrifty people – If you just want a thing to set your phone on, I’m sure Radio Shack has something just right for you. And be sure to show your card for your free battery. Hmmm, do they still do that? BestBuy has a whole freaking aisle or two of plastic gizmos and stands for your smartphone. And you can borrow my Reward Zone card! This is not that.
What this is? Remember when you went to see the Eiffel Tower or the empire State Building, or Statue of Liberty, or some other big thing? Anyway, remember as you were leaving, you forked over a twenty for some plastic or tinny molded mini-me of the thing to commemorate your visit? This is more like that. To those who attended BIG(D)ESIGN either of the past two years and saw MyPhoneHenge or MyFavoriteMachine up close in person, owning a MyPhoneStone is like the mini-Eiffel tower experience except for one very important difference. We are pretty certain that cute little tower you brought home from France was not actually made by Mr. Eiffel himself. Get it?
Every one of these MyPhoneStones is unique art, signed by the artist, numbered, and photo-documented. No two are identical (How boring would that be?) The supply is limited to until I get too caught up doing other kinds of art to spend time on these. And know that I have LOTS of other even more fantastic ideas in mind! So here’s a tip – don’t count on there being an endless supply of original MyPhoneStones.
In case you still don’t quite get it (I’m sure you do, I just want an excuse to talk more about it) the motif blends the tall monolithic image of the large scale art with the icons that were contain in each one. Remember those icons made from real world objects that were intended to make fun of the metaphorical iconography of virtual devices? Its “physical virtual, low tech rendering of high tech subject matter, ironic, iconic art“. I know, it seems I am having way too much fun with this!
Imagine making your own little arrangement of MyPhoneHenge using real phones! They also work great for the classic iPod and totally killer for showing off your business cards! And please please whatever you do, have fun!