1

The Act of Collecting

2

The Object’s Voice

3

Whoops, It Broke

4

The Better Mousetrap

5

Plumb Wore Out

6

Taste Changed

7

Owners Lost Faith

8

Owners Lost Interest

9

Owners Grew Up

10

nobody cared

11

Got Lost

12

Part of Something Bigger

13

Used Up

14

Better in the Afterlife

15

A Bad Idea in the First Place

16

Never Made Enough

17

Provisional Utility

18

Made for One Use Only

19

Unintended Survivors

20

Mental Collections

21

So What’s Left?

22

Just in Time

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chapter 19

Unintended Survivors

Sugar Skulls Wax Sewing Fruits Figural Candles Figural Soaps Mosquito Coils Projectile Fire Extinguishers Target Balls Lightning Rod Balls Cockamamies Figural Fireworks

Sugar Skull (Calavera), 1995. Sugar paste, royal icing & metallic foil, 1 1/2" high. Atlixco, Mexico.

Unintended Survivors analyzes objects that were made to be destroyed. Their intended function terminated their existence. Function fulfilled, each of these unimpeachably stately or beautiful objects had been conceived to be destroyed (ex: figural soaps and candles, target balls, sugar skulls, fire grenades, wax sewing fruits, mosquito coils, lightning rod balls, cockamamies, figural fireworks).