YMCA commemorative table made from 100+ "significant objects"


The Dressler brothers created this amazing commemorative table for the YMCA of Canada, integrating more than 100 "significant objects" donated by nationwide YMCA associations into its design. I really dote on this kind of assemblage of sentimental stuff -- it makes the whole thing feel like the product of some kind of spell. Compare with the wonderful Six-String Nation.

Commemorative Table for YMCA Canada by Brothers Dressler (via CribCandy)

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  1. In regards to the history and purpose of the founding one must take into account that this “organization and its female counterpart (YWCA) were established to provide low-cost housing in a safe Christian environment for rural young men and women journeying to the cities.”
    from https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Ymca
    This is partly how my (non-Christian) mother was able to afford university in Chicago, in the mid 60’s she had a room with just enough room to partly open the door bumping into the bed. Now North American cities mostly prohibit such affordable micro-housing.

    I wish I still had something from my YMCA preschool or science camp days worthy of this exhibit. I suppose firing off the drychem extinguisher in the bathroom on my last day of preschool left a memory in Mrs. Yahnkis mind though, I wonder if she is even still alive.

    1. And now people like me (who didn’t know the history of the YMCA) pretty much only associate the YMCA as a glorified cheap neighborhood gym. There are sports courts, a pool, workout areas & at mine, a place to give blood to the Red Cross. I’ve never taken a class at the Y, but I’ve seen the facilities when I go to give blood. Huh. The more you know!

  2. this is about the table people. which is quite an incredible design, if i may say so…

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