1,989 NOTES TAKE OVER NYC
Duration: October 15 - November 23
All 1,989 notes can be seen here: x
For 39 days I did a little project to spread the news about Taylor Swift’s new album 1989. Since I am definitely not one of Taylor’s most outgoing fans, the best and most comfortable way for me was to write notes on 3 in. x 3 in. memo paper and leave them in random places to be found by strangers.
As if making 1,989 handwritten notes was not crazy enough, I one-upped myself and decided to make every note unique. I made sure no two notes had exactly the same content. I thought of, or at least tried to think of, cute ways to get the message across on each one, which also made the whole process very tedious and difficult. Every note either had my own “clever” comments, Taylor’s quotes, media reviews on 1989, or lyrics from one of Taylor’s songs.
Since I started this project on October 15th, I thought I would definitely be able to pull this off by 1989’s release day. Little did I know, it would take me three times as long to reach the end! Even at my fastest pace, I was only able to write 60 notes in an hour… and that was with total concentration and no breaks.
Anyway, every hundred or so notes, I would either leave them as 3 in. x 3 in. notes or I would fold them into origami hearts. Wherever I went, I’d leave a note behind. I’ve left notes in subway trains, in my school’s library, in lecture halls/classrooms at school, on bathroom stalls’ doors, on random cars’ windshields, in between greeting cards and magazines at various drugstores, in Central Park, in Times Square… the list goes on and on. I also passed some out to trick-or-treaters on Halloween. I even folded a few into paper airplanes and flown them off the balcony of my school! Pretty much, I left notes in every nook and cranny I came across.
Here’s a collage of some of them:
For those 39 days, there have been moments when I wanted to quit due to sleep deprivation, lack of motivation, and lack of support. Because I dived in head first and bit off more than I could chew, I found myself asking, “What have I gotten myself into?!“countless times. Since I’m a tough cookie and never like taking the quitter’s route, I kept pushing myself. So here I am, 39 days later and I’ve never felt more proud or accomplished. 😊
Thank you, Taylor, for being the only constant in my ever-changing life. This is just a small token of my appreciation.