Fayth aka Relaxocat, NBC5 Street Team
I don’t really care for the color pink and I’m not mushy. On the other hand, I love interactive art installations and unique things that make you say, “Wow, that was really cool and now I’m all happy!” So with no further adieu, let me introduce you to “Pink: A (Love) Courier Service”.
Love on the line...
In July I found out about some great people that come from Austin, Texas. One of them is the Street Team’s new blogger, Desiree. The other people are artists, poets, and performers that comprise “Pink: A (Love) Courier Service”. What is it? Don’t think about cheesy flowers or cards, neither of which can convey your message. “Pink” is the most unique interactive art (and cycling) project to arrive in Chicago in some time. And time is limited because Pink is only around until August 15th. You absolutely must go because it’ll brighten your day and the day of someone you “Pink”. It’s a courier service delivering your love notes in a bottle. This is not a business so really they do this out of love for their project. They don’t define love for you; no cliche’ cards, no “hearts and flowers” or things that will taint your experience. The experience is one that is not only fun, it is strangely simple and it’s almost confusing (except for typing on a manual typewriter, which was actually cool). Who needs email and text messages for love notes anyway?
Click here to see a slideshow of the Pink experience. A couple of my friends “pinked” people and one of them loved it so much she became a volunteer courier, code name “Cicada”. Show up at the “Love Factory”, housed in Wicker Park. A white room with pink accents and furniture, but NOT girlie or overdone. It’s bright, simple, and inviting. You are gleefully greeted – “Welcome to Pink! Are you familiar with our service?”, follow the pink dotted line, then take time to decide what to type – yes, that’s “type” as in typewriters, not computer keyboards – onto your pink piece of paper. If you need help or guidance, ring the bell on the desk and they’ll help you out, point you toward books of poetry for inspiration or maybe tell you something funny to make you relax. They seem to know that the simplicity is disorienting for some. Once you’re done, make your donation in the jar on the table (this is a non-profit project so don’t be a cheapskate because someone is after all delivering your love), and send your note down the line – don’t forget to shout, “Love on the line!!” – everyone else will too, so do it because it’s exhilarating. Sometime thereafter your message is bottled and delivered by a pink clad volunteer bicycle courier to anyone you want to send some love to within the city limits. Pick up some “Pink” gear – big bottles of massage oil look appealing especially if you consider how happy your love note recipient is going to be. If you’re a guy and think that this is a “chick” thing, you’re wrong. I hung out there for nearly an hour and only saw guys sending notes.
“Pink” is the project of Jaclyn Pryor aka Heffi McHefferson who began “Pink” back in Austin where 2,007 people sent notes. The project then rode off to Portland, becoming “Pink On Tour”, landing here on July 26th. Don’t walk in there like I did and say, “I’m looking for Jaclyn.” because everyone who volunteers there goes by a code name, hence everyone in the room will say, “There’s no Jaclyn here!”. I thought, “Ok, I’m Relaxocat!”. Remember, though this is a service, it’s also performance art. I was relieved to hear from Heffi that she wasn’t a fan of the color pink either. She told me she chose it for many reasons, but the project had her “reprogram” how she felt about it. She was right, the project changed my vibe about the color too. Are you wondering how it’s art? You have to interact with the project to understand, but in simpler terms you can also elect to allow your note to be printed in an upcoming book that they will soon have published. Heffi, Nancy, Prince Pony or anyone in the factory will chat you up if you want to find out more.
- What: Pink: A (Love) Courier
- Where: 2215 W. North Ave. (click here for a map)
- When: Until August 15th – Wed-Sun, 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
- Cost: Free, but please donate to support the project
- More info: Pink and Pink In Chicago
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