Contest Aims to Turn Junk Significant: Just Add A Backstory

Friday, March 23, 2012

Rob Walker doesn't see junk. He sees "objects waiting to be made significant."

Dozens of great writers contributed fictional backstories for weird and mundane objects gathered by Walker and Joshua Glenn. They’re featured in the new book "Significant Objects."

Now Studio 360 wants you to try your hand at it.

Kurt Andersen visited Vintage Thrift in Manhattan to find these three prime examples of junk. Your task is to make one piece of junk (or more) significant. Walker will judge the entries, with one winner for each object.

The prize, of course, is the piece of junk itself.

Because you totally need that wooden ... thing ... whatever it is.


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Comments [1]

Gina DellaGatta from Newburyort, Ma

The Southern Americana Doll
During the times of grand mansions,great riches and servants in the deep south, there were artifacts made during this time that are worth great value. About 10 years ago there was a doll found in an old house in Beaufort, SC. And the little girl who made this was a daughter of a servant who used to be the seamstress for a very wealthy family. During the day she would always be following her mother around , so her mother gave her some fabric remnants and buttons .She began to make these wonderful dolls. She designed them after the families who lived in the houses. She made lots of them ,but this single doll is all that remains after the civil war. The textile company has been burned to the ground where the fabric came from and the ribbon around the doll is as authentic as our American flag. You cannot put a price on our country's history ,but this doll would be a steal at $150 for a starting bid.

Mar. 26 2012 09:33 PM

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