Artist Paula Shaughnessy is reaching into the geocaching world to seek out new sources of inspiration by sending her artistic muse – Einstein the Rabbit – on a global quest via “travel bugs”.
Geocaching is a massive global treasure hunt where participants use GPS coordinates to locate “caches” – typically small waterproof boxes – and log their finds on-line. In some cases the caches contain trackable items that can be taken, logged and transferred to a next find, so that their travels can be followed (“travel bugs”). Per geocaching.com on 1/31/2013, in the last 30 days there were 4,461,383 new logs submitted – people are geocaching all over the world, and there’s even a cache on the international space station!
So what’s that got to do with an artist from Wayne, NJ? Paula created a series of travel bugs – 13 in total – that include a keychain with a picture of Einstein, her 3 year old not-so-mini Lop rabbit. Einstein is a muse and frequent “helper” in Paula’s work – he’s constantly picking up paintbrushes and running off with them – and each of the “bugs” has been sent out with a mission that reads:
“This is Einstein the Rabbit. I'm his friend & an artist, so I thought I'd send him out into the world to be my muse and find new inspiration wherever he goes!
There will be 10+ Einsteins released simultaneously, each with a goal of visiting all 50 US states and 100 other countries around the world while seeing fabulous, beautiful and weird things - if you can, please send pictures of Einstein's journey - of your location, something interesting in your town, or you, the friends he's meeting along the way!!”
Paula reached out to members of the geocaching community so that the Einsteins could launch from different places around the world – a few will start from NJ, but others will begin their journey in places like NY, CA, VA, Norway, Australia, Germany, and the UK!
To learn more about Einsteins’ amazing journey, e-mail paula.shaughnessy@