31.03.10 by Jeff

The case of the Missing Letters

It appears we have a mystery on our hands!

the case of the missing letters

Last week my friend Shinead and I came across all these beautiful piles of plaster letters laid out on the boardwalk on Granville Island. We waited around for awhile hoping someone would come along and explain what they were for. Shinead noticed a whole pile of O’s and we thought it would be fun to quickly shoot an image for the header of the site. Eventually a girl came along and asked if we had removed the letters from the hill around the corner. We hadn’t. She informed us that they were part of an art project by a student at Emily Carr University but didn’t know much else about them. We waited for a little bit longer and then left.

Yesterday I received an email from Shannon McCubbin expressing her surprise to see her letters being used as our new header graphic! She attached the following image of her installation on the hill:

the case of the missing letters

Sadly, Shannon informed me that the letters have all gone missing! They were quite expensive to produce and she is trying to track them down. I’m sure someone grabbed them thinking they were free. I was tempted to take a letter when I came across the piles too, but then I remembered I’m not a THIEF (haha sorry). But seriously, if you are the person who took the letters I’m sure Shannon won’t be mad, she just wants them back!

Email Shannon any info, an apology, or a word of encouragement here.

Jeff Hamada is the Founder and Editor of Booooooom. He lives and works in Vancouver.

  • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

    only the sharpest detectives will have noticed that the image i stuck in this post isn’t the same image as our header graphic.

  • Duster

    I don’t think whoever took them thought they were free, I think they thought they were easy to take.

  • Col

    Moral of the story: Lock up your letters.

  • rek

    Really? You didn’t foresee that they’d be taken?

  • http://pleasedavejustdrive.tumblr.com/ Cheyenne

    I’d like to see more of Shannon’s installation and on a detective note, SHADOW.

    • http://www.jeffhamada.com/ jeffhamada

      haha yes

  • Catherine

    cheyennes got good eyes!

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Watch the video below!

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