This past sunday was full of coincidences, three degrees that led to this post. My Sundays generally start and end at the same place, CBS. The day begins with with bow tie afficinado Charles Osgood’s Sunday Morning and ends with the newsmagazine 60 Minutes. I relish both programs for their unique stories and the two shows are some of the few that I regularly make a point to watch. On Sunday Morning yesterday there was a story about Eric Daigh, the third place winner in Grand Rapid’s wonderful program ArtPrize. Daigh’s work is centered on making beautiful large scale pictures (a la Chuck Close) out of thousands and thousands of push pins.
The first coincidence here is that I was just in Grand Rapids a few weeks ago and my friends there were telling me all about ArtPrize. The segment on Sunday Morning eventually shifted from Daigh’s beautiful work to the inventor of the push pin, Mr. Edwin Moore and the Moore Push Pin Company. CBS was there at the factory (which is now in Philadelphia) showing how the push pins are made and talking about their history dating back to 1900. Coincidence number two, I was just reading a post last week on the site Kaufmann Mercantile about Moore and his push pins.
The whole circle of related shows, art, pins and blogs is interesting and worth a deeper look. If you don’t know Sunday Morning, set your alarm or your DVR. If you don’t know Eric Daigh and his art, take a closer look (or perhaps one would be better off taking a look from a distance), if you don’t read Kaufmann Mercantile, plug it in to your RSS – it’s a keeper. And finally, if you don’t know the Moore Push Pin Company (who is amazingly still making those things in the U.S.) check them out. You never know where things will take you.