The Waxing Poetic project concluded in 2012 when all project participants received a wonderfully unique box of crayons. Inside, each vibrant crayon was relabeled with a one-of-a-kind color name - given to it by another project participant. Names like "OMG Pink" and "Lime Jello Nightmare" came to replace the familiar and far less descriptive names with which we're all accustomed.
Waxing Poetic started with a call for participants, each of whom received a color card via mail with eight crayon swatches ready to be named. Participants were asked to "wax poetic" and push the boundaries of their own imaginations:
What does each color remind you of? What does it make you long for? What sound does it make and what does it smell like? Is it a noun, or perhaps a verb? Name the colors with just one word or up to a whole phrase. Maybe it is called "the day I met you." Or perhaps simply "grow."
Participants returned their naming cards and the eclectic mix of responses were then printed onto specially designed labels. Each colorful label was wrapped around the appropriate crayon before all of the crayons were poetically reorganized into boxes of eight. One finished box of crayons was then sent to each project participant - a crowdsourced work of art!
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