There are good days. There are bad days. And then there are some of the worst days of your entire life. I’ve had all three in spades as of late and, as you might expect, the effect on my mental health has been terrible. As a 20-something with Asperger’s syndrome it really helps to have outlets, but really that applies to any human living on God’s good earth. And, as cliché as it may sound, it really is true that some of the best work any artist ever produces is when he/she is being dangled above the pit of depression like an abhorrent spider—and please slap me if I ever have the audacity to take a line from “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God” again.
All that aside, let’s talk about a way that some of my fellow peers out there can really let it all out in a very beautiful way that will hold meaning for countless Americans. As you are probably aware, New Year’s Day brings with it a celebration known as the Tournament of Roses Parade. I’ve talked about that parade here at least once before because, in addition to its being a staple of the American Celebratory Consciousness, our own Cal Poly and the Cal Poly that isn’t ours annually band together to produce one of the visual spectacles that is a Rose Parade Float.
The Tournament of Roses Parade involves construction of massive floats depicting all sorts of mythical creatures and landscapes and dinosaurs and other things, but unlike, say, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, there’s something rather unique about the construction of these floats themselves. Each is entirely covered in, colored in by, and decorated with flowers and plants of every shape, size, and color. The results are gorgeous, to say the least, and, my fellow readers, you too can have the opportunity to design one of these magnificent floats.
Cal Poly, which I will remind you took home the prize for most beautiful non-commercial float last year, is looking for submissions for its next float project, and the winner gets his/her choice of $500 or two Rose Bowl tickets. What is required of you is a hand sketch or graphic design of your idea that is 11-by-17 inches or smaller, and has your name, the date, and contact information on the back, submitted online to goo.gl/jrETWS or in person to the Rose Float Office in the University Union on campus. In celebration of the U.S. National Park Service’s centennial, the theme for the Parade will be “Find your Adventure.” There is no limit to how many you may submit, so get the juices flowing, bring your smiles back, and best of luck!
Intern Chris White-Sanborn has allergies, but for the sake of art, he’ll cope. Send your collegiate news to firstname.lastname@example.org.