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Help planning an April Fools prank [Feb. 28th, 2007|12:58 pm]
I'm posting this here rather than riba_rambles to avoid cluing in coworkers or superiors.*

Over a year ago, my department moved into a new building.
The walls are rather bare.
There's been ongoing discussion about putting up some artwork, but so far nothing has come of it.

I had the brilliant idea that for April Fools' Day, I should just break the logjam and hang some art in the public areas: dogs playing poker, sad-eyed clowns, bullfighters, velvet Elvis, that kind of thing**...

Catch is, I would consider anything I buy for this purpose to be disposable.
I don't want to spend a lot of money on this

So, any suggestions of the cheapest possible means of getting this kind of 2D kitsch?
Figure I'm looking for at 3 - 6 posters, and would like to keep expenses under $20.

Thanks in advance.

*I know at least one coworker reads this LJ. Please don't tell; I'd like to preserve the surprise. Though if you'd like to help, whether in putting up posters or with preservation advice to avoid getting in trouble, I'd appreciate it.
**Nothing offensive in any sense but aesthetically -- which means no cheesecake pinups. This is a place of business, and not one I'm anxious to leave.

[User Picture]From: agilebrit
2007-02-28 06:04 pm (UTC)
How about the Salvation Army or other such thrift-type places?
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[User Picture]From: cheshyre
2007-02-28 08:01 pm (UTC)
Ooh, good idea! Thanks.
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[User Picture]From: msdaisy
2007-02-28 06:32 pm (UTC)
Do they need to be framed and well printed? Could you do some color printing from jpegs at Kinko's and tape 'em to the wall?
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[User Picture]From: cheshyre
2007-02-28 07:52 pm (UTC)
Do they need to be framed and well printed?

I was just thinking cheap poster prints.
[Heck, if posters got too expensive, I was even considering a further-scaled-back version of just applying rolls of wrapping paper to the long bare-white walls.]
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[User Picture]From: fibro_witch
2007-02-28 06:40 pm (UTC)
I have some velvet colored posters. One is framed one is not. Or you can Borrow some of my SF art for the day. They are beautiful, but not funny.

How about building 19 5/8's It is right near my house.

As far as staying out of trouble. Talk to someone in HR before you do it. See what they say, just silly stuff should be ok, unless you have a fundi who gets upset at pictures of mythical beasts.
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[User Picture]From: cheshyre
2007-02-28 07:56 pm (UTC)
Building 19 is a cool idea, but I wouldn't want to borrow anything that anybody might want back.

A prank like this, I'd do anonymously -- April Fool's is a Sunday, so just have "artwork" hanging up in the halls when people arrive Monday morning. I want it to be disposable so if somebody does take offense, they can just rip them down without having to find anybody to take ownership.

I'm just thinking of cheap posters -- which I might "sign" as Lirpa Loof -- but I don't want to spend $12+ per poster for a gag.
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[User Picture]From: tigerbright
2007-02-28 07:04 pm (UTC)
Ask on Freecycle?

We have one such *ahem* work of art at home, in a frame, even, that's been in basement storage forever. Yours. :)
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[User Picture]From: wargoddess
2007-03-01 12:12 am (UTC)
Ebay and poster stores.

>^,^< .
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[User Picture]From: gilmoure
2007-03-01 02:56 am (UTC)
Small Despair Inc. posters?

At my last job, my boss went and put up a bunch of these, when we were required to have corporate art on the walls. After the grand opening of the new IT/Library, he said that no one ever said a word about these.
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[User Picture]From: cheshyre
2007-03-02 12:44 am (UTC)
Oooh... Possibly pricy, but brilliant idea. Thx.
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