Museum Announces Important New Acquisition Full of Meaning and Implications

The Claudia McGill Museum of Things Claudia McGill Picks Up From the Street When She Is Just Going Along Being Claudia McGill and Doing Claudia McGill Things

is the proud recipient of an outstanding example of a metal thing picked up from the street, donated by Mr. Claudia McGill, and discovered on a suburban street at dusk.

“I think it just fell off something,” the donor said upon making the presentation. “It was lying there. In the street. So I thought I’d see if the museum would accept it.”

“You bet we would,” Claudia McGill, museum board president, told him. “With the winter weather ending now and the streets cleared off, we hope to add to the collection – it’s acquisition season! And what a great start this item is for us.”

The metal object, about the half the size of Claudia McGill’s palm, was subjected to intense industrial washing in order to remove accumulated grease and grime (thanks to Maytag for their machine and use of caustic cleaning materials). “We felt this process would most effectively strip the “Round Metal Thing”, as we have called it, back to its basics,” said Claudia McGill, archivist and historian for the Museum. “It’s so important to get below the surface of objects such as this one. There are layers of meaning and symbolism which must be peeled away and exposed before the true beauty and purpose of this treasure can manifest itself.”

Museum officials would not say whether this acquisition would necessitate an increase to their insurance. Curator Claudia McGill said, “We don’t think of our objects in this way. Monetary valuations are nothing for this kind of object; you could say it is priceless.”

The “Round Metal Thing” has been photographed for the collection’s records and the photos appear below. Note that some “glamor shots” have also been made for the Museum’s brochure. “We paid extra for that,” said Claudia McGill, public relations. “And I’m sure you’ll agree it was worth it.”

See the cataloging photographs:

And take a look at this beauty all gussied up. The soft focus is so flattering:


7 thoughts on “Museum Announces Important New Acquisition Full of Meaning and Implications

  1. mim4mail

    That is a terrific acquisition. It has a weight and solidity to it, showing it has weathered the ages! Thanks for displaying it on your blog.

  2. Claudia McGill Post author

    You are welcome. I like this particular item very much – you are right, it is a very solid -feeling piece and obviously did some hard work, as it was covered with grease and worn.

  3. dorandana

    The treasures in your museum have been an inspiration to me while painting. I was thinking of an item like this for my latest work (I think your curator clicked “like” when she saw it)…the item began as a metal object, but, my artistic license said that it should be more of a tempting item for a blackbird and thus it was turned into a fruitloop and the only metallic item left in the street is a nail. Of course, I’m speaking of “Unholy War: Death by Fruitloop.”

  4. Claudia McGill Post author

    Yes, you are right – the Fruitloop was noticed and enjoyed by the curator!

    Glad the Museum could be of assistance! And how nice of you to let us know!

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