Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Tape Talent

I'm not a fan of junk mail. I also consider spam to be a worst form of junk mail. I'm sure you would agree with me that life would be better without it. At least you can throw the junk mail in the trash unopened, but, spam requires a cursory look-see and several clicks of the mouse to get rid of it. But, by the same token you do on rare occasions fine something interesting in that pile of junk mail or even that file full of spam. That is what happened to me today. Up side is I'm going to get a fairly decent post out of what showed up in my spam folder.

Buried in my spam was a message from the 3 M Company. They occasionally send me some decent coupons on their products so I opened the e-mail to discover there are some artistic geniuses out there willing to take the time to create a sculpture out of nothing but "Tape" and enter it in a contest hoping to win a nice prize. Now this sculpture could not be made from just any old tape. It had to be Scotch Brand Packaging Tape made by the 3 M Co.

This was the Grand Prize Winner of this contest.
The 2011 winners of the "Off The Roll Tape Sculpure Contest" can be found here.
Somehow I missed hearing this contest was taking place. I also have been in the dark for a while because this was the winner of the first contest held last year.
The winners of the 2010 contest can be found here.

Now here are a few of my favorites from the websites listed above.

When I was young we used plain old cellophane tape, but a trip to Wikipedia tells me that Scotch tape was invented by Richard Drew in 1930 but did not get the name Scotch until much later. Apparently, A customer complained that 3M was manufacturing its masking tape too cheaply, and told company engineer Drew to, "take this tape back to your stingy Scotch bosses and tell them to put more adhesive on it.

Scotty McTape, a kilt-wearing cartoon boy, was the brand's mascot for two decades, first appearing in 1944. The familiar plaid design, a take on the Wallace tartan, was introduced in 1945. Scotch Tape like Kleenex has now become a generic term used by most Americans for any product of its type.

I am linking this post to ABC Wendesday
The featured letter this week is the letter "T"

You can visit the other participants by clicking here.


  1. TAPE TALENT! Your notice for the contest must gave gone into your e-mail TRASH.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  2. This is wonderful stuff! Way more interesting to look at than those duct tape contests.

  3. That is quite amazing. I've seen Duck Tape art, but never cellophane tape or scotch tape.

    Great post for the letter T

  4. Roger, thanks for renaming my post. I wish I would have thought of that title. It is certainly more appropriate for the theme. I am going to change my post to match your suggestion.

  5. Terrific tape tale - lots of talent there!

  6. Wow! I love it when people make art where you don't expect it.


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