The Mini WI were featured in the print edition of the Wisconsin State Journal on July 18, 2021. How freakin’ cool is that?
Good day to you.
All throughout the month of June 2021 I will be distributing these Mini WI MadFab Edition to Little Free Libraries. Keep an eye on my instagram story and the r/madisonwi subreddit for more clues on how to get a hold of one.
Also, I have created a Mini WI Frequently Asked Questions document if you would like to more about this public art project.
If you are finding your way here courtesy of the Madison Magazine Hot List for May 2021, hello!
Way back in the end of February or early March when they asked about the Mini WI project there were maybe 100 models that have been distributed. If I had to guestimate where we are now it is about 500 based on my materials consumption records.
How do I get a hold of one?
They must be found.
I try to leave a small handful whenever I am out and about. This means they mostly appear around the Capitol, State Street, the UW Madison campus, and other areas in the city. So take a closer look in those shrubs, flower beds, Little Free Libraries, nooks, and crannies. I sometimes leave clues on my Instagram story. I tend to surprise the r/madisonwi subreddit with unannounced clues too.
They are NOT FOR SALE or available on request.
Sorry, being responsible for other people’s consumption-based happiness sounds like a complete drain on the fun of this project. There may be opportunities in the future, but that is not something I am pursuing at this time.
Can I contribute to this project?
Yes! This all got started with a government stimulus! I will continue to create new Mini WI for as long as it is sustainable. I have received candy, parts, and thermoplastic from generous people.
Please know that contributing materials does not entitle you to a Mini WI. You have to find one just like everyone else. With that clearly stated please see this Amazon Wishlist for an up to date listing of what materials are needed.
What’s next for Mini WI?
I’ve got fabulous ideas in mind, but that’s already saying too much.
I have hidden Mini WI with little shamrocks printed on them around the Wisconsin State Capitol Square.
at four square corners, count sixteen.
White ones are out there too,
so Saint Patrick’s luck to you.
They may not be a pot o’ gold,
just tiny treasures in the cold.
Upon a finding please be done,
so other kids may have some fun.
I was able to photograph a former rehab clinic in the south side of Chicago. It was an incredible exploration. More photos can be found here.
Inspired by Bastiaan Ekeler and 8bitMKE I have been working on adapting this EF mount on Thingiverse to a Tamron 28-270 lens that has been collecting dust on my shelf. The prototype isn’t quite done, but in a field test today it performed exquisitely.
As someone who still owns their original GameBoy Camera purchased for $7 in the 90’s, and still actively shoots with it, this opens up a whole new realm of creative possibilities. I will be posting things on my Instagram and Ken Fager Photography on Facebook.
In celebration of Valentine’s Day and to show the community a little love I have created 28 special edition Mini WI. Some are silky pink and others are transparent red. They have been hidden around the Capitol Square and State Street.
A few weeks ago I got 600 schmeckles from Uncle Sam for living in a country woefully incapable of dealing with threats to its citizens’ well-being. So I decided to invest in a Monoprice Voxel and crash course my way through Blender.
What resulted is a rudimentary model of the Wisconsin State Capitol Building. Initially called the WisCapMini, the early prototypes feature slightly different designs as I have iterated. If you are holding on to a translucent red or white one without some dome and column features, or a couple with incomplete helvetica “g” lettering underneath consider yourself lucky. Full refunds in the amount of $0.00 will be issued if you are unhappy with them.
But due to a clever pun on reddit, I have decided to rename the project to Mini WI.
They are neither for sale, nor available upon request. I have begun to distribute them around the greater Madison area. So keep an eye out on the square, hiding in corners here and there.
Edit: Wee WI was considered but ultimately rejected due to the hyper-charged gender identity political environment we insufferable snowflake liberals have created for ourselves.
While shopping on Amazon I came across a product that I have told people in the past does not exist. So I purchased two of them and decided to cut them open for science.
Surprise! They’re a scam. There is no converter for USB to FireWire because they are incompatible standards. What I found inside these adapters was nothing but some adhesive and mismatched wires. If you do plug these in you will definitely damage equipment.