In order to share the multitude of markers we had created with the public, Cecily Miller proposed a method called wheatpasting – in which one mixes a combination of flour and water into a paste, and uses the created adhesive to apply paper to walls – and the Fox Library granted us permission to do so. Once chosen, Tom Starr created various design options (alternating from similar to contrasting sizes, or geometric vs more organic) – we then sorted through them and selected our final decision. Some designs were all of the same size, placed on a single line, while some had high variation in size and were scattered down a central area. When brainstorming, some suggested that markers that had already occurred at this point in time should be colored in gray – which made it into the final display, as shown below.
For many, this was the first time they had participated in wheatpasting – some mixed the solution of wheatpaste itself, while others cut out the paper printings of the markers. Once done, the design was held up as a blueprint while the paper was taped into position on the wall to show what it would look like in the end. In order to apply a paper marker, we painted the adhesive onto the wall – and at the same time, the marker had the same adhesive painted on its backside. The marker was then attached to the place where wheatpaste had been applied and was smoothed down. A third layer of adhesive was then painted on the top to ensure it stuck. Although quite messy, it was thoroughly enjoyable seeing our work “come to life” in a way – displayed in a semi-final setting as we had planned from the beginning.