In Boston, A Smile Will Get You Some Really Cool Artwork: The Smile Project
What do you get when you mix silly, heartwarming characters on canvas with a request to smile?
Bren Bataclan and the Smile Project.
Several years back, after having landed what seemed like a dream job with dream income, Bren found himself unemployed during a slowdown in the economy. It just so happened he was also in Boston, not his hometown.
He found the Bostonians to be, well quite frankly, a little cold. Not a lot of smiling going on in Boston at the time. Bren was a bit disheartened. Soon thereafter, he put together a show of his paintings and in 2 days sold the majority of his work. Extremely grateful, he decided he’d give away his smiles in exchange for random smiles.
Bren painted dozens more of his colorful characters on canvas and began to randomly place his paintings in public with a note attached that simply read: Everything will be all right. He also posed an offer: the finder of the painting could keep it in exchange for randomly smiling at others throughout the day.
It worked. Bostonians starting smiling!
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