menu

Tiny Signs Lend A Voice To New York’s Lost Objects [Pics]

Tiny Signs Lend A Voice To New York’s Lost Objects [Pics]
culture

Yoonjin Lee's adorable and funny project addresses the banal items we see on city streets.

Rachel Pincus
  • 24 february 2014

Have you ever lost a glove and, somewhere between ransacking your house for it and declaring it a lost cause, wondered whether it’s floating around somewhere in the street, having developed a life of its own? Here in New York, weeks’ worth of snow and ice are melting at street curbs, exposing all sorts of hidden treasure. Yoonjin Lee, a young graphic designer about to graduate from SVA and a student of street artist Ji Lee, finds compelling objects in this very vulnerable state and captures them on camera, but not before outfitting them with tiny arms and cardboard signs reminiscent of those held by homeless people. Each object has a photo to record Lee (also known as Zoonzin)’s moment of personification – using a macro lens to turn surrounding debris into rich landscapes – as well as a video that usually features melodramatic music.

“Little Lost Project” is just one of several in Zoonzin’s repertoire that raise awareness of our use and consumption of small, everyday objects. Another short film she created tells the short, inevitably tragic story of a pair of purple socks that lasted her for three years. Other projects of hers salvage the alphabet from corner trash cans and tell her story through clothing and candy. As we become more conscientious consumers, it would behoove many of us to think about the importance of such seemingly generic but actually deeply personal items to our identities and daily routines. Check out some more “Little Lost” items below; all can be found on the Little Lost Project Tumblr.

Little Lost Project // Zoonzin

Images and Sources: Wooster Collective, Laughing Squid, My Modern Met

Trending

Machine Printer Uses Coffee Drips To Create Intricate Portraits

Arts & Culture
Technology december 2, 2016

Why Nest Doesn't Get The Holidays

PSFK founder reacts to the damaging effects of poor email marketing

Children december 2, 2016

Robots Could Be Joining Dubai’s Police Force In 2017

The real-life RoboCops can salute, shake hands and collect traffic fines

Trending

Get PSFK's Related Report: Future of Automotive

See All
Travel december 2, 2016

Parka Hides And Charges Portable Devices

Bolt is a jacket that lets people carry and charge their various electronics without the need for an outlet

Related Expert

Matt Brown

Customer Journey & Data Managment

Food december 2, 2016

Yelp's New 'Yelfie' Feature Lets Diners Take Selfies

The update is designed to encourage people to attach a selfie when they share their experiences

Design & Architecture december 2, 2016

Build Your Own Savory Cheese Advent Calendar

A British food blogger has created a guide to building a different kind of holiday surprise

Fitness & Sport december 2, 2016

Floating Gym Concept In Paris Is Powered By Your Workout

The proposed design from Carlo Ratti Associati lets passengers ride a stationary bike as they travel through Paris along the Seine River

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Retail 2017
Transformation Strategies For Customer-First Business
NEW

PSFK Op-Ed december 2, 2016

Customer Service Expert: Why Offline Retail Has Better Data Than Online Retail

Healey Cypher, Founder and CEO of Oak Labs, shares why we should be thinking about the physical store as an e-commerce site

PSFK Labs december 1, 2016

Retail Spotlight: Home Depot Reimagines How Employees Conduct Tasks

The home improvement retailer puts the customer first by initiating local fulfillment centers and simplifying freight-to-shelf inventory management

Syndicated december 2, 2016

What Does The Future Of Android Look Like In A World With The Pixel?

Google’s decision to make its own phone might have looked like a blow to the likes of Samsung but the reality is much more interesting

Fashion december 2, 2016

Alexander McQueen Designs A 3D-Printed Umbrella

3D-printed fashion arrives in time for the winter season

Work december 2, 2016

Why Training Associates To Be Advocates Is Key To Retail Success

In our Future of Retail 2017 report, PSFK Labs discusses strategies to prioritize customer service, which begins with associate advocates

Media & Publishing december 2, 2016

Netflix Creates Binge Candle To Celebrate A New Season Of Gilmore Girls

The streaming service developed a special layered candle that creates candle with episode-specific smells

Arts & Culture december 2, 2016

Interactive Film Tells A Story About Living With Cancer

A moving song written by a father of a cancer patient comes alive in a 3D environment

PSFK LABS REPORT

Future Of Work
Cultivating The Next Generation Of Leaders
NEW

Automotive december 2, 2016

Audi And LEGO Exhibit Autonomous Vehicle Installation

The installation at Design Miami explores the 25th hour, which represents bonus productive work or play time

Gaming & Play december 2, 2016

This Game Lets You Be A Pilot In The Drone Racing League

DRL Racing Simulator recreates actual courses in a virtual environment

Travel december 1, 2016

Hotel Chain Is Giving Away Its Not-So-Super Hotel Art At Art Basel

A lesson in how to advertise a kitschy-to-cool redesign in the middle of Miami Art Week

No search results found.