Three Degrees of Separation


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.

Push Pin Art by Eric Daigh. Only five colors of pins are used to create the image.
Push Pin Photo via Kaufmann Mercantile. Photo of “Kimberly” via Eric Daigh.

Comments on “Three Degrees of Separation

    christopher on November 30, 2009 8:34 AM:

    Yes, watch every week as well and saw the program yesterday, but I have to tell you that I felt Eric Daigh’s ‘art’ was lacking a perspective. Ok, he’s using a new (if you don’t count everything from pointillism to the Lite Brite) technique but where’s the depth?

    I think Devorah Sperber’s work (who was also featured) is much more interesting. But to each their own.

    One other thing from this weekend’s show… pick up the Tom Petty live anthology – very, very good.

    Christina on November 30, 2009 9:10 AM:

    I love Sunday Morning and Charles Osgood’s bow ties!

    Willoughby on November 30, 2009 10:04 AM:

    I concur with the above. Sunday Morning is surely one of the most underrated shows on television, and terrific counter-programming to the mindless talking heads on the other networks.

    Brandon on November 30, 2009 11:22 AM:

    Michael, any advice on men’s shopping in Grand Rapids? I live nearby, and have sadly given up on finding any good stores around.

    DC on November 30, 2009 11:41 AM:

    Funny, I went straight to the jump and the first thing I thought was, this puts me in mind of a Chuck Close piece. Daigh’s pin piece also reminds me of pointillism too.

    A Treasury of... on November 30, 2009 1:02 PM:


    I have this automatic urge to run my fingers up and down the push-pin art and feel all those plastic little pieces.

    Tintin on November 30, 2009 3:19 PM:

    I watch Osgood every Sunday and I always feel this calmness come over me. I don’t know how CBS does it. It’s a show that has manners and never plays to the cheap seats. Something of an older and erudite journalism that is already one foot out the door.

    Habitually Chic on November 30, 2009 3:36 PM:

    The art segments are one of the main reasons why I tune into CBS Sunday Morning. It’s one of the most intelligent and interesting programs on television. I will cry if they ever cancel it! The last thing we need is another Access Hollywood or equally dumb program.

    christopher on November 30, 2009 3:49 PM:

    I’ve been very attached the show my entire adult life and find it strange that I don’t personally know anyone else who watches it other than my wife.

    It has a way of making me interested in subject matter I wouldn’t typically find interesting.

    And although the show has stuck with it’s original format, they don’t let it make their content stale.

    It is also the news program that makes me want to scream at the TV the least (and by a long shot). I don’t find any other news program an enjoyable experience.

    Pierrepont on November 30, 2009 5:22 PM:

    My 15 month old daughter rocks out when the sun comes up to the Marsalis theme. Truly a wonderful show with amazing reporters. The last scene from a nature spot makes my Sunday.

    Andrea on November 30, 2009 7:53 PM:

    I love push pins – just the plain aluminum ones. It’s a design that just plain works. It’s wonderful that Moore is still making them in the U.S. I’m going to have to hunt me down some (Because I can never have enough push pins.)

    KILLSPENCER on November 30, 2009 8:28 PM:

    I love small simple products! But, I am so un-impressed with the Moore Push Pin Company’s website. It makes me want to design and develop my own pins/ and complimentary website. I run into so many manufacturing company sites and with a little branding they could be so much more…

    Sebastian on December 1, 2009 7:38 PM:

    Michael, Thank you for the very kind words. Sebastian

    garciamadrid on December 2, 2009 7:46 AM:

    wow it´s a strong work…. nice pictures

    robbor on December 4, 2009 4:21 PM:

    if i see one more piece of “art” made by combing 1000’s of the same object in different colors i’m going to jump off a cliff. i got “it” already.

    Scooter on December 11, 2009 11:43 AM:

    I also TIVO this show each week and watch at my leisure. Kudos to Pierrepont for identifying Winton as the performer of the opening theme, I don’t know if they ever give him credit in the credits.

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