I've been able to track down a few stanchions that people will let me borrow:
I have tried a few other sources and there are other locations I have yet to check out:
Nov 12 - Draft email to or visit Waters, The beach museum and McCain auditorium in order to find someone who can loan me some stanchions for an hour or two.
Nov 16 - Research creative commons music for final project
Nov 18 - discuss days/times for camera usage that coincide with the days I'm allowed to have loaned stanchions.
Nov 24, 25, 26 - create signs for 'hard mode' and 'easy mode.'
Dec 3 - Ideal day for community art project
For my project, I received a lot of great ideas from my classmates. They also brought up the point about it being late fall, leading me to change my idea. My original plan was to have people take off their shoes and to walk across the grass in order to appreciate Kansas (the lack of fire ants). Then I realized that it would be too cold for that. I did like the idea of using stanchions in some way to represent an idea.
The project would consist of a group of stanchions sitting in the field/walkway that is a popular shortcut on most days. There would be 2 groups of stanchions. One group would be a organized into a straight path and short cut. The other group would be organized into a small maze. There will be signs at the fronts of each of the paths. On the shortcut path, the sign will say "Easy Mode." The sign on the twisty path will say, "Hard mode." Utilizing the immersion of video games into lifestyles, I wish to convey that while the easy path is indeed quicker, the harder path may be much more satisfying. Throughout the hard mode path, there will be several QR codes which lead to different entertaining and innovative webpages/pictures. I am also playing with the idea of putting up these signs in other places like:
If I did use the multiple sign idea, I would put QR codes and links to a website which explains this project and has pictures.