This morning when I returned from a trip to the post office and supermarket and bakery and green grocer and... well, when I returned to the apartment building, there on my door buzzer, next to my name, was this little "non-delivery" notice...from the courier service of ELTA! Wow! That is rare.

Must be something from the gods?

The notice stated that they have a package from "Germania" and I'd have to phone to arrange another time of delivery. So, yes, I immediately phoned, gave all the info, package number, etc. and the clerk on the other end said: "yes, it can be in tomorrow's deliveries...between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m."..."Yes, you must be at home those three hours". Anything for Erni, I thought...knowing all too well that a "package from Germania" is a package from Erni.

But then...the buzzer rang, and from my balcony I saw an ELTA courier man, with a very, very, very large box!

(big enough to use as a foot rest...measures 40 x 58 x 25 cm)

He brought it to my doorway, and said that he had finished all deliveries for the day but thought to stop once more with this package before leaving work. Awwww....I don't have to wait tomorrow three hours for the delivery! Here it is! (And that was one dear postal courier who got a BIG tip!)

So, the package is a work of art, yes? Of course...stamps and portrait of Erni,

comics and very important notice to "FEED THE WORLD" (Coming to Greece from Germany..how nice!)

Of course there was Dean Marks, with vivid instructions on how to open mail from Erni...oh, yes!

knife in hand, I was ready! (Dig-into-Dean?)

But I decided to do more precise and delicate surgical operations along the sides,

not to destroy the fine art of the paper wrappings ;-)

Beautiful box...wonderful for mail art archives storage...WOW!

Open top and...acck...aroma of "grass" and stuff...(sneezing)

What kind of "grass"???...don't ask, or better yet, ask the bunnies and furry creatures :-0

What is "MARSCHWEISENHEU"? 

Mmmmmm, good? ( mit beeren...with beer?)

Ok, hands in the "stuff"( - snuff sneezing,) and out comes another well wrapped package...about this size (see foot)

So the BIG box was full of wonderful "packing grass" to protect a delicate work of art..,(sneezing).

Very carefully I cut tape and unwrap, just in case it is mayonaise...well, I know it is not, as it must be:

yes it is! Trashpo SCULPTURE!

"A gift from the garbage" for mail art! Yay!

It is that trashpo sculture that Erni posted and asked: " who wants it?" (...guess who?)

And it really is an amazing structure, in the sunlight...or not:

Must take photos of all sides, corners, a trashpo sculture needs 3D exposure!

Look, Dean, Look! Bar codes...BAR and bar code! 

Really FAB, Herr Erni! 'Must spend time "reading" details! Amazing!!

Thank you muchly...and I plan to display it in May at the "Gallery of Colors"! xxx

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Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 29, 2012 at 9:39pm

Very interesting, Erni. thanks for this addition...and the photo of the "camera".

The exhibit of Tichy's work is on unti May 2010? 2011 in New york?? I am going to google this...very intriguing.

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 29, 2012 at 7:25pm

Yes, Eri, you are a poet...and my feet show it :-)

And I really like the "flaming" papers in this sculpture"! Whooooosh!

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 29, 2012 at 5:33pm

A bundle of cool recycled, reused, reduced

...well, just a bundle of poetry in sculpture: trashpo sculpture :-)

Comment by Alicia Starr on February 29, 2012 at 5:14pm

a bundle of joy Katerina!

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 29, 2012 at 4:54pm

Well, Erni, to tell the truth, I divided it into "rations" and will have it all week.

Just a piece-a-day-melting-not-chewing...is a good choco diet!

And the hay in mail art? You'll see :-)

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 29, 2012 at 4:05pm

Oh, dear, Cheryl, was that choco for rationing? Or rationalizing?

I rationally measured it at 28 cm.

That's loooong...as Rapunzel knows! "mit haselnussen"

Then it quickly shrunk to 26 cm.

And then down to 12 cm with a break-off of the glacier at 3 cm.

Oh, dear, that 3 cm floating alone...a tiny piece cracked off...

 a little 3x2 cm...and it is all gone...melted?

Comment by cheryl penn on February 29, 2012 at 2:48pm

Keep it for when we're on rations :=))!X

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 29, 2012 at 2:39pm

It's a BIG long yummy choco bar with bar code...(and hassle nuts ...Mmmmm)

Comment by Katerina Nikoltsou (MomKat) on February 29, 2012 at 2:34pm

I think the sneezing was from the fine dusty parts of the hay packing...I reallt do not have hay fever  or such allergies...just fuzzy dusty hay in the air. It does smell lovely...like being out in th country down-on-the-farm! And it was a brilliant material for packing, Erni. More ecological than those horrid puffs of styrofoam. Also made the box very light and easy to carry. Pure genius, Herr Haptic Erni.

(I could recycle the hay into mail art ;-)

AND...look what I found at the bottom of the hay stack, blonde Boy likes it too :

Comment by cheryl penn on February 29, 2012 at 11:17am

Ok - now I think I've seen it ALL!  By the looks of the title and general other parcels sent by Erni, when world wide food shortages occur, I'm moving into Erni's lounge. I can bring LOTS of bright things with me :-))! Great blog Katerina :-) X

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