On January 1, 2001 approximately 200 people in 46 countries celebrated the new millennium by planting a total of 2000 New Leaf paintings in public places. Last year on New Years Day it was 40 degrees in Cincinnati and I rode my bicycle 10 miles. This year I was wondering why the New Year couldn't begin in July, or at least why the weather gods would not shine on my project. It was under 20 degrees farenheit in many parts of the United States. It was actually WARMER in Alaska than it was in Virginia. I suspect that someday when somebody takes a critical look at this project they will be most impressed by all the people willing to spend hours out in the COLD....
Here are some of the photos, stories and comments Planters sent back.
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Read Beth's Millennium Journal
See Evan Lindquit's photo page from his Arkansas Millennium plantings
Here's some photos from my plantings earlier today, thanks to digital technology. I ended up being on the Outer Banks of NC so we have plantings on the wreck of a 19th century saling ship on the beach, at the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse and a few other local spots.
Kevin planting on the Outer Banks of North Carolina
Thanks for letting me be a part of it.
P.S. The shipwreck leaf was found right away. What fun...
First of all Happy New Year!
I planted all the leaves as was instructed on January 1st 2000, Pecs, Hungary. Because my hometown (Pecs, southern Hungary) is not very big in size, there's a high chance, that I might hear some stories about the found "leaves". I'll definitly will let you know about it!
Hi Carol Ann,
Just a few words to let you know that two leaves were placed for people to pick and turn in Oslo yesterday. One was placed on a statue symbolizing Icarus lying at the bottom of the sea. This statue is found at the most popular beach in Oslo (in the months of june - august) but an area where hundreds of people walk by on a FREEday - like yesterday.
The other one was placed by the main entrance to the Vigeland statue park in Oslo. It is a fairly famous park bulit in the late 1930's. The artist, Gustav Vigeland, created a park beyond the wildest dream -- of most Norwegians anyway. Some of the m the Wheel of Life and also the Monolit. I will try to mail you postcards later on if you are interested.
Weather here was cold and we had quite a bit of snow through the week-end. Fantastic ski conditions!!
I am curious to what kind of response your project will bring - and wish you all the best of success!
Take care and enjoy everey day with the posibilities that has for you!
Godt Nytt År (Happy New Year) from Norway,
Just thought I'd drop you a line now that I'm back at my home base for a bit. The planting went great in Orlando. I managed to snap a couple of pictures, but haven't got them developed yet. When I do, I'll mail some to you.
A great story, though....
My friend and I (she helped me with the planting) put a leaf in a public park which has a Japanese rock garden. It was in plain site, but many of the people walking around the park that day weren't going over to that area. We sat the leaf on one of the larger rocks and then proceeded to walk into downtown where we planted 3 or 4 more. On the way back to my friend's apartment, we passed by the park again. I suggested we walk by the rock garden to see if the leaf was there or not. When we got to its location, there was a couple with a baby, who couldn't have been more than 2 months old. They were in the process of finding the leaf! They picked it up, looked sort of puzzled, read the back and had big smiles on their faces! Then, the father suggested that she hold the leaf and he'd shoot a picture of the baby and her with it. It was very sweet. My friend and I observed from a distance, but didn't say anything to them. I could just imagine the family saying to their child someday, "we found that on your first new year's. . ."
I bet they hung it in the baby's room.
Oh well, just thought I'd share
Hope all is well. Any other good reports coming in?
Hello, Mistress Leaf, and Happy New Year to you!
Anchorage, by Richard Kidd
I finished planting at 6:17 p.m. today. Took longer than I imagined. Was a sunny clear day, 25 degrees, and thankfully there was a heavy frost so that the ice was covered in texture and not so slippery. No falls while planting!
When I had only 3 leaves left to plant, I pulled off a dead end road where there is a space called Midtown park. As I turned off my headlights and went to open my door, I noticed that one of the large dark shadows was moving. It was a Moose quietly grazing a mere 10 feet away. I decided not to intrude and headed the car in the other direction!
A photo is attached (though not of the moose) of a planting on the Park Strip in Anchorage.
I had a nice experience planting the leaves. I left two of them under a tree, others on the fence of two houses, also in front of Cyber Cafes, hoping some of them would share their experiences.
Thank you for taking the time and effort to send the leaves and giving a gift, and a desire of hope to many people in many countries.
All the best,
The Acroppolis, by Dieter Pfoser
A museum in Athens, by Dieter Pfoser
Rumania, more precisely, Marosvasarhely (Targu-Mures) in Transylvania, by Istvan Kovac
I planted all 20 of the leafs, even though I wanted to keep more than just one for myself! You goofed - you should have made them all exactly alike, then we would not have wanted one of each kind!
I planted at different Post Offices; at a Church on New Year's Eve, just before midnight; at a shopping center; at a Christian youth center; at a chain retail store.
While planting I wondered how many other people were planting at the same time. Ultimately, how do you think the planting went? Do you feel that it was a success in the sense that you had planned it? Are you receiving any feedback from "finders"?
This has been fun. What are your leaf plans for the future? I think you should double the number and have them all planted on July 4, 2001!!!!!
How about it?
Cincinnati teller machine, by Amy Bogard
Bangkok emporium, by Cathie Crawford
Harry the pilot was grounded for the holidays - lost his passport, Igama, etc. So his leaf was planted in The Palms, our compound restaurant. It is still there, no one has found it. So I may move it. Two more leaves I left with a Jeddah friend ended up going to Finland. So that's seven new countries and Nebraska. Here are two photos of the same leaf planting in Bangkok. I have two more of the second planting I'll send later.
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Parliament, Ottawa, Canada, by Mary Ann Harris and Charles de Lint
The new leaf ambasssador to Sweden had a layover in Amsterdam, met a cool woman on a train...well, one thing led to another and the Netherlands can now be added to your list!
Happiest of New Years to You!
May we all find prosperity, warmth and grace in abundance -- and please let those lessons be gentle ones!
Dagmar's Leafs in a pre-planting foliage frolic
Diamond Casino in the Sun, by Dagmar
Tuscon Museum of Art, by Dagmar
It was fun, I planted your Leafs all over Tucson, have not talked to Lita yet to see where she went, we wanted to do separate plantings. I have one film back, will scan some pictures soon. Anton drove with me, so we made an adventure out of it.
the "Diamond Casino in the Sun" a gambling hall on Indian territory, which they advertise very glamorously on TV. I was amazed at the "riff-raff" in there. it was packed!! we saw that already in the parking lot... (much more so than the church of San Xavier, called White Dove of the Desert, a bit South of Tucson, where I also planted Leafs in different locations) and it smelled, as 99% smokers were sitting at the one armed bandit machines.
We walked around a bit in the dark with all the colored lights flashing, Anton played and lost two quarters at a machine that was the only unoccupied one we saw, wedged between two fat ladies... then I spotted a CHANGE station, perfect place to plant. I even got two photos fired off, no guards were near. Since it is dark in there, I had no problem. Left rather fast. Whew, weird place.
You can tell I'm not a gambler, I regard these places with lots of suspicion. At least in Vegas or Monte Carlo you have more of an illusion of something grand and special going on, this was sad.
The other good one was a bus stop shelter/bench. You'll see!
Come to think of it, they were all "good". I'm glad you wrote that letter with instructions, so I had a much more open mind as to the planting spots. But since we were on a schedule, this time I could not wait to see if and by whom they were picked up. The one on the bench was gone the next day, Anton drove by on his way to the foundry.
I'm wishing you a wonderful and exciting 2001!
Did you plant Leafs yourself too on New Year's Day?
Where did you go?
Diane's branch, Roan Mountain ley line, by Diane Atkinson and Susan Lachman
We had a fine day, getting ready to plant, planting, then, recovering from planting. It was a VERY COLD day, and snow fell throughout our time planting, but it was a lovely, fun time.
I like the one I put inside the newspaper machine the best, and then the one inside the mailbox.
MOST beautiful of all were the leaves planted at Roan Mountain: it was like magic up there, with the snow so quiet and all the trees breathing. WOW. I will have a few pics to send Email soon.
So, I planted new leafs all afternoon Mon. Then today, honoring a promise to myself, I bought a business license for Sound Learning.
OK, now what? ! ? !
So how do you feel with New Leaf Millennium project "dropped?"
WOW WOW WOW WOW WOW
January 18, 2001
Is the new woofy working out? There are still some unfound leafs around campus.. it's amazing how close they are to lots of foot traffic and in plain sight and they havent even moved ... LOL
University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Cincinnati clinic in Over-the-Rhine, by Carol Ann Newsome
Sonja & I had fun on New Year's planting our way to Cincinnati & back. We kept a log which I will share with you when my photos to accompany come back. The first leaf we planted was outside the Public Library in Vevay. Yesterday, I noticed the leaf prominently displayed on the desk. The librarian's comment "Those are really neat." Today I notice the leaf is still there available to all.
Kirby School in Northside, Cincinnati, by Carol Ann Newsome
I GOT THE LEAVES!!!!!!!!!!!! And they are beautiful beautiful beautiful all 21 of them! I have to be super dramatic, as usual, (what to expect I'm Indian!) , but still honest, and say Thank you for doing such a wonderful beautiful thing for the world! Dalai (my daughter) Ranjeev (my husband) and I opened the box altogether - I wanted all of us to be a part of this - especially Dalai, what a lovely event to have as a childhood memory! We held the leaves and looked at each one and laid them out on the dining table and wow they are beautiful! So, we have already planted 1 leaf, at a shack in Morjem Beach (which is a protected Oliver Ridley turtle beach - they nest there) enlisting a coplanter, Lulu - this incredible woman who was born in India in 1938 and has a history I wouldn't even dare to describe in this email.
Lots of love Carol
I'm sure we'll be in touch
Mount Airy Forest, by Carol Ann Newsome
You just can't imagine how much fun people have had with this project. The TV station played candid camera and got some very interesting footage. It was a good New Year's Day for New Leaf.
San Louis Obispo, California
Spring Grove Cemetary, by Carol Ann Newsome
I forgot to tell you that when Harold died he had a stash of 6 Leafs he had not yet planted. I planted two of his leafs on New Year's day around Charleston: one in his old neighborhood and one in another special place in Charleston. On the backs of these I simply wrote with a sharpie: In Memory of Harold.
I sent 8 leafs to Hawaii, 8 to Florence, Italy with friends, 8 to Europe with friends(of the eight two went to Sweden, two to Czech Republic, two to Munich, Germany, and two to Hungary).
The rest I assigned to planters around South Carolina. My oldest planter was 98 year old Ruby Pendergrass Cornwell, an African-American woman who played a key role in the Civil Rights Movement in Charleston. You met her at the Spoleto Opening--she's my "Momma Ruby." She still lives on her own and cooks all her meals and serves on several arts organization boards. She loved the project. I have a few photographs for you. I particularly liked the Leaf I left on Charleston's battery (waterfront) with seagulls flocking all around and a view of Fort Sumter in the background (the first shots of the civil war were fired.....).
This is so exciting for you!!!! You can now mention your oldest planter in Charleston, SC.
Lots of love, Maria
Just wanted to let you know that I got all my Leafs planted today! Even got the pleasure of seeing one get picked up! I chose mundane places to plant mine. Gas pumps, bus stops, teller machines, pay phones. As you said, what better place to plant than one needing a little beauty? Take care and Happy New Year!
Tarpon Springs, Florida
Shopping carts at Kroger's, Cincinnati by Barbara Sue Swift
Just wanted to drop a quick line and tell you how much fun Ken and I had yesterday planting leaves!! We would wait a few minutes to see the reaction of the persons who would pick them up.... it was the most wonderful way to start off the new year!
We did plant leaves in Niagara Falls... and London... and Guelph.... my home town!
We tries to spread them around as much as we could!!!! Hope that was alright!?
Have you had a lot of feedback yet?!
Irish pub , by Roger Cumminsky
Irish coast, by Roger Cumminsky
CAROL, JUST KIDDING..HERSCHEL (THE DRIVER) AND I LEFT THE HOUSE AT 7:45 A.M. TODAY (1/1/01) AND FINISHED UP AT 12.30P.M. MINUS A STOP AT THE 7-11 TO GET COFFEE AND A DONUT..AND THEN THE GROCERY STORE TO BUY SOME BLACK-EYED PEAS. (I USUALLY COOK FROM SCRATCH BUT I DIDN'T THIS YEAR)
IT WAS FUN..I MADE OUT MY MAP LEAVING HOME AND GOING DOWN VA.BEACH BOULEVARD WHICH LEADS TO THE BEACH 13 MILES. I STOPPED EVERY SO OFTEN AND DROPPED A LEAF, MAKING SURE NO ONE SAW ME...AT THAT TIME NEW YEARS DAY THERE WERE NOT TOO MANY'PEOPLE OUT. LIBRARY, DMV, POSTOFFICE, SHOPPING CENTERS, GROCERY STORES. AND GOT NEAR THE PART OF VA BEACH CALLED SANDBRIDGE AND PUT TWO NEAR THE WATER BUT ON A SHOP WINDOW.
I SHOULD HAVE TAKEN PICTURES BUT IT WAS TOO COLD..STARTED OUT 21 DEGREES..FOR ME THAT'S COLD..BUT NOT FOR YOU. I EVEN DROPPED ONE OFF AT A CAR WASH AND THOUGHT NO ONE WOULD BE THERE BUT THERE WAS ONE ONLY MAN WASHING HIS TRUCK. WE PULLED NEAR THE VACUMM PLACE AND PUT ONE THERE AND HE DID NOT SEE US.
STOPPED BY A LAWYERS OFFICE AND I HOPE HE PICKS IT UP AND TURNS OVER A NEW LEAF BUT I KNOW HIS SECETARY WILL PROBABLY BE THE ONE TO SEE IT..OR A BUM.
IT WAS FUN AND WE BOTH ENJOYED THE TRIP. VERY FEW PEOPLE AT THE BEACH FRONT ..PROBABLY SLEEPING. THEY HAD SOME GOOD DEALS AT THE HOTELS LAST NIGHT.
Virginia Beach, Virginia