I showed up at 6pm on Friday, to just hang with some friends up on the 4th floor, but we all found it hard not to immediately find our way over to Don’t Sleep on It. Brett and Erin started it off with a blast, having more than 20 teens making their products from “Orphan in a Box” to “Canned Galaxy.”
Next was Chris, who upon giving quick instructions, had a civilization built within an hour, complete with a zoo, streets, small homes, multiple attacks with everything from paper balls to giant obelisks, and even Darth Vader waiting to give you a high five.
Right after Chris was Hardland/Heartland. At this point almost everyone who was there had had multiple energy drinks and tons of soda and when they were told to tear down the civilization that they built, there was no hesitation, it went down in less than a minute. This was followed by black walls and pumping music that overflowed right into Burlesque’s rave cave complete with album covered walls and cardboard box speakers.
At this point I was 12 hours in, after a 12 hour day of work.
At about this time I met with another teen my age who was working on his submission for the latest Bombing Science sketch battle, my conversation with him about the differing styles of Midwest graffiti in Minneapolis helped wake me up a bit.
But, next came Kristina Mooney and her sunshine crew, who, as they immediately started printing golden suns on the wall, seemed to coax out the early morning sun. The beautiful landscapes and bright clouds gave everyone a huge boost. As Kristina Mooney finished up in came Liz Miller with all of her felt designs and automatic scissors which everyone immediately wanted. Soon came a sprawl of fabrics that covered the space with a leisurely feel.
This is where my stay at Don’t Sleep on It ended; I was tired, having spent my more than 24 hours without even a poser nap. As I helped bring in Scott’s “priceless” antiques, it was time for me to leave. I have heard about all of the other’s who changing of the space was fantastic, and I am sorry to have missed both Scott’s stay and Broken Crow’s giant monsters.
I wish I could have stayed as long as Emmanuel, but then again he did sleep in the moving truck, and I wish Don’t Sleep On It wouldn’t have messed with my sleeping schedule as you can see as I am posting this at 1:30 in the morning.
Thank you everyone that was awesome!