Dunn Bros., Alex Bec, etc.
Posted March 1, 2008on:
@ Dunn Bros. I ended up here partly because I have 2 gift cards for Dunn Bros. and 1 for Caribou. I thought about going to a neighborhood coffee joint, such as French Meadow or Common Roots, but decided I felt more ‘chain’ today. Dunn Bros. is a happy medium between cookie-cutter shop and neighborhood ambiance; no two are exactly alike. This particular DB features a charming loft with cozy fireplace, hardwood floors, brick walls, and exposed ducts. (Yes, I am in the Warehouse District, for those of you familiar with downtown Minneapolis.) Saturdays are always relaxing because I can sleep in and be completely lazy if I feel like it. This morning I decided I wanted to have coffee, do some reading, maybe people watch. Since I decided to go with a chain, I thought I should go to a location I had never visited.
But before coffee, I checked mail (real mail, not email). A non-descript white envelope peeked out at me from my too-small mailbox. I didn’t open it until I got here, and to my delight, I saw it was my much-awaited Alex Bec Smile stickers. Immediate thought: Must slap somewhere and document for Alex (and you) to see. And I brought my camera today, just in case I felt like stopping by the river, near the Guthrie or Mill City Museum. A while back, I saw these stickers and they brought a smile to face…basically, they’re the artist’s attempt to “spread a bit of happiness. By placing ‘smile’ stickers in certain places ordinary, mundane objects take on a completely different outlook.” True, too often the every-day objects or places give us no point for reflection, no inspiration, no reason to smile. See his work here.
A few months ago when I had emailed Alex and he agreed to send stickers, upon the condition that I document their whereabouts. I’ll start slapping and snapping soon…
Maybe my first sticker-placement should be on the man here who has been loudly talking on his cell for the last hour!? Do you think he’d hold still long enough for me to get his picture?