What is your treasure? Gallery 2

Inside each plastic treasure chest is a hand-written message that says “What is your treasure?”

These plastic treasure chests are put out into the public for people to discover and ponder this message.

The type of person that would pick up a treasure chest has to invest some faith by investigating a tiny box discovered in public. By following up on their curiousity, they could be more likely to actually consider the message on the inside.

The message inside asks someone to think about what their treasure is. A valuable question that really points to what is important in life.

Upon removing the paper message from the treasure, the chest is empty. The viewer reads the message and symbollically fills up the chest with their own thoughts.

Perhaps they will keep the treasure chest as a momento, in essence making the chest itself a true treasure to be valued. Or maybe they will relocate the treasure chest somewhere else in public or give it to a friend. An action of giving is a true treasure to be admired.

The medium used here, the tiny plastic treasure chest, was originally created to hold a child’s tooth. The original home of the child’s tooth was a mouth, also a pocket (or compartment) much like the treasure chest. With the mouth we express ourselves, just as this treasure chest asks the viewer to do.


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Billy O'Keefe
18 years ago

My treasure is GOLD! GOLD!

unlikelymoose
18 years ago

you’ve placed all these chests in very public places. I wonder how different the impact would be in the private sector… say at The Gap or the local White Castle or perhaps at your place of employment or even at friends and family’s homes.

Katie
Katie
18 years ago

I really like this idea, it very creative, but what am i saying, this webpage is so creative and i enjoy it very much!!! Keep up the great work!!!

Christi
Christi
18 years ago

wonderful idea. I found your webpage because I am trying to find tiny treasure chest to purchase for a couple’s retreat and these are perfect! Would you be able to tell me where I can purchase a very large order of these? Thank you very much! P.S. My greatest treasure is my God and my family!

unlikelymoose
18 years ago

“your” God?

Karah
Karah
17 years ago

I like your idea of placing little chests places, but its lame and I’ll tell you why. I work for a dentist and he sends those chests home with each little child that has a tooth pulled. If any of those children ever see your chests, their hearts will be broken and not feel as though they are special.

Karah
Karah
17 years ago

See Matt, THAT, is why you make the big bucks! By the way my treasure is my future.

Rowdy
Rowdy
16 years ago

I spent a few months in Chicago in 2003, and I love seeing these photos of places in the city 🙂 I think I recognise some of these spots. It’s a fun idea, and I can imagine some of the thoughts such a find would inspire. I think the link you’ve made between the chests and the mouth via the child’s tooth is a bit tossy and pretentious, (just had to throw a negative in for balance ;D) but the rest of your words explain this idea really well.

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