Person 1 Donald Williamson - Florida, USA (02.02.08)
Wonderful news, we have just heard from box number 51 for the very first time. Its been living for the past two year with Don Williamson in Ormand Beach, Florida. Don was a bit worried he had failed the project by holding onto the box for so long but there is really no time delay. We imagined that the journeys of the boxes would take years rather than months and we will always be happy to hear from them, no matter how long it takes. If you still have a box, let us know.
Don's delay was completly understandable. He was out on the road working a lot of the time and then, sadly, his old belgian sheepdog Willie passed away. Don's got a website set up where you can see photos of Willie and find out about the dog shows Don's been involved with and dog products he sells.
in Ormond Beach, FL, after being cooped up in a box for
close to two years, perhaps a visit to the shore is in order
before the next leg of the journey. (perhaps the word "ocean"
was a prophecy)"
Person 2 Steve Wirtz - Wisconsin, USA (02.02.08)
Don has passed the box onto sculpture Steve in Wisconsin, where the poor thing is having to get used to deep snow.
Don and Steve became friends about 12 years ago, when they met on the dog show circuit. (I just recently watched the movie Best in Show and I now can't help but think that Don and Steve are characters from that film.)
You can see why the subject matter of Steve's sculptures, appealed to dog crazy Don - caricature dog models involved in humorous hijinx. You can see his work at http://www.cartuna.net/
Apparently, its another climate change up next for No #051 as it is heading off to New Mexico. Hopefully we'll hear more from it soon and we'll contact Steve for the photos he took of the box while it was in his care.
Person 3 Carol O'Connor - Albuquerque, New Mexico (07.05.09)
From snow to the desert. Check out the image below - pretty stunning scenery - even the little black dog has found it so awe inspiring he's stopped to check it out. I am jealous of Number 51, he is having a lot of fun and he hasn't even left America yet.
Carol has apologised for her delay in passing on news of Box 51 due to a major move but there is no need, we are delighted to hear from our boxes no matter how long they have been off the radar. Its just over a year since last we heard from 51 and we are pleased see that it is looking well and has met yet another interesting person.
Carol's website name Silver Fetish did make me pause for a second before clicking on it, we have been sent to some "interesting" sites before by our box adventurers, but I'm glad I did. I didn't know anything about the Zuni or their fetish carvings - the pink stripey wolf on the about page is my favourite I think.
My US geography is a bit rusty so I've drawn up a little US map to follow 51's journey so far.
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