I remember when my mom first told me that the dryer ate socks. I immediately ran and took all of my socks out of the hamper because I wanted to save them. Playing with this idea that inanimate objects have a life of their own graphic designer Yoonjin Lee started the “Little Lost Project.” Lamenting when we lose our iphone, or our wallet, Yoonjin, who calls herself Zoonzin, wondered about the smaller things that go missing. What happens to that lighter that seemingly just walked out of our pocket? Does it miss us? Do we miss it? Does it belong to someone else now?
Giving these small objects a voice and a personality Zoonzin picks up lost objects she discovers on the streets of New York City. She takes them home and makes them little signs. Some forsaken objects are sad, others angry that their owners could be so careless with them, but each has a distinct personality. Zoonzin then takes them back out onto the streets and arranges them; a unique kind of street art. Holding their signs as if they were protesters, or homeless, Zoonzin’s little lost and found objects draw attention and a smile from passersby. Giving a story and another life to those small things we might not even notice we lost, Zoonzin’s Little Lost Project is funny, but also engaging in its commentary about our culture, what we value and how we treat our possessions. You can follow the ongoing project on her facebook or tumblr.