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238 points · 6 months ago

It depicts respect for the art from the professor who uses the part of the board that is unused for his class. Unlike the original post where the professor gives zero fuck for the art although she had plenty of space left to give her course. I know a clay drawing on a classroom board isn't there to last forever but the one in op's post seems to be fresh (if all this is undoctored of course)

Plenty of space left

Have you ever taken a science in college? Math?

11 points · 6 months ago

I've taken many sciences.

or you could draw your art someplace else -- not on the teacher's blackboard, which he needs for work, to do his job, to earn a living. How about that for a lack of respect?

I'm certain the artist understands that it will be swiftly erased, and that's part of the beauty of it. I don't see the artist trying to stop them. Do you really think anyone would be stupid enough to think it would stay indefinitely? Why did they use a non permanent medium?

I love art in non permanent mediums. Its almost cathartic to know that someone dedicated so many hours into something that will soon be destroyed. The fact that they are ok with that makes me feel better lol.

In the cosmic timescale their art will last just as long as any other artists.

But now it’s on the internet so what was fleeting is now forever

But what is forever, really?

20 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

This will be reposted until the heat death of the universe.

Unless we find a way to reverse entropy. Need more data for a sufficient answer as to how, though.

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Part of what makes cooking a joy. The whole point of the art is to be admired, then consumed. It's destruction is how it presents itself.

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Maybe the teacher drew it and then it was time to teach and just erased it.

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Is that Zyzz as Adam?

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2.7k points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

This reminds me of Buddhist mandala where monks will spend days spreading colored sand into intricate patterns only to mix it all together in the end. It is suppose to symbolize the impermanence of things. Quite fascinating.

Whoever this artist was that drew this on the chalkboard drew it with the knowledge that it would be erased. If not then the chalkboard would not be able to fulfill its original purpose, to help teach kids.

533 points · 6 months ago

Don't they always deliberately put an error in it as well to show that humans aren't perfect?

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270 points · 6 months ago

Maybe the error is the metaphor itself.

A great metaphor is like the 'i' in "pizza"

Or rain on your wedding day.

Isn’t that ironic?

Don’t you think?

It's a song about a woman who doesn't know what irony is.

Now that's ironic

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“Brother, you made a mistake.”

“Oh. That was on purpose. To teach you a lesson.”

Every teacher ever

10 points · 6 months ago

Navajos do that on things they produce.

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Yeah but it's usually on accident.

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I believe you’re thinking of carpet weavers in the Middle East and South Asia. Only Allah is perfect.

I think the average Buddhist monk would understand you don’t need to deliberately put an error into a sand drawing for it to be imperfect. It’s inherently imperfect, as are all things.

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149 points · 6 months ago

Or just like regular ass graffiti.

Not to be confused with ass-graffiti done at predictable intervals. Unless, of course, that's exactly what you were talking about.

Scheduled butt graffiti is nothing to be confused about.

Well, you never grew up in a suppressed butt graffiti community that I did then.

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Reminds me of House of Cards!

at least Claire got a picture of it

9 points · 6 months ago

Did she? I thought Frank said "I bet they took a picture of it", not understanding what the whole point of it is and why the monks did it. They wouldn't take pictures of it because that defeats the whole purpose, but Claire may have and I just forgot. Time for a rewatch I suppose.

Season 3 episode 7

The episode closes with Claire coming home to find a framed photograph of the Sand Mandala with a note from Frank. "My Love," it reads, "nothing is forever—except us." She enters Franks bedroom and falls asleep beside him, as he clutches a terrified and naked young boy.

Just kidding with the last part.

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Was trying to explain this to a nay-sayer above, glad someone else sees it! The fact that it gets erased, potentially with only a single person having seen it, is the whole point.

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4.8k points · 6 months ago

Is an eraser streak clean like this even possible?

3.4k points · 6 months ago

Looks like a sponge, might be wet

I remember in grade school we rotated through who had to clean the chalk board. Cleaning the board with a sponge was so damn satisfying, I loved it. Like you get an instant clean slate, as compared to dusty erasers and all.

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11 points · 6 months ago

How so? They work just fine, as long as they can dry fully. A very soft sponge won’t take away the grit needed to allow chalk to work if the board is dry.

Do you perhaps live in a humid climate that doesn’t use AC perhaps? I’ve written on chalkboards that were wiped daily for 10 years by the Janitorial Staff.

16 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Only until it dries.

Edit: Previous comment was that getting them wet will ruin them, but they chickened out and deleted the post. I've made a tabletop fountain out of natural slate, and it's still holding water just fine at my parent's house. Not ruined at all.

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like ur mom lol

Got em

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This video makes me crack up every time I see it posted or the picture sent to me as a meme. No fail.

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Nah his mom is dry as a desert. Everyone knows that.

so is your humor

327 points · 6 months ago

o o f



166 points · 6 months ago

My Bones

My leg!

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Everyone knows your mom lol

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Only on days that end in y


Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

Your mom

44 points · 6 months ago


Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

Spongebob Squarepants


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Not a sponge. Look at the other erasers to the left.

It's definitely an eraser. Most Japanese schools have erasers like that.

I get that weird cringe thinking about a wet sponge taking across a chalkboard.

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The presence of other erasers with a similar handle makes it clear it's not a sponge.

There would be dripping

only if its completely soaked

like your mom, lol

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5 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

And the erased part would be darker because wet.

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streak should be darker if that was the case

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141 points · 6 months ago

Wow. Up until seeing your link with pictures from different angles I was going to say, "Of course it's possible. It was done in Photoshop."

Reality is stranger than fiction. Thanks for the images!

Not from a Jedi.

It’s dry erase then.

106 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago


In Asia, they use a different type of chalk eraser, it's much larger, soft like a sponge and made of beveled felt that holds a lot more chalk (image). It succumbs to the same problem as any other eraser once it is holding too much but it can take a lot more. At a clean state, it should do this well of a job.

I honestly don't understand why we use the hard felt thing instead in the west. It's such a terrible eraser and all it does is smudge around the chalk.

Edit: More pics 1 2 3 4

Yeah they have a special vacuum just for getting the chalk off the erasers too.

27 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

Those are whiteboard erasers. We use the same felt blackboard erasers used in America.

I studied in Singapore.

edit : i mean.. even the picture you showed is from an India online store which lists it as a whiteboard eraser.

Yeah, those look nothing like the erasers I use in Japan.

Here, took a pic of the thrashed old eraser on the board behind me.

They're similar ones. Soft sponge inside with felt on outside. In the west, they use these hard felt ones. My complaint of them is the hardness, so it doesn't go flush against the surface of the board as well.

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I've definitely seen this type of eraser in American schools. Albeit, only in college.

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5 points · 6 months ago

it's not clean

Not from a Jedi.

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Top 10 Anime Deaths


30 points · 6 months ago

Ha, good one. I wish more people got the reference.

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Did you know the live action just got announced on Netflix? It's getting released December 15th. Hopefully it's good

I’ve seen the live action death note....

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Number 6 will chalk you!

Omae wa mou shindeiru

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3.4k points · 6 months ago

This is physically painful to look at.

890 points · 6 months ago

There's something beautiful about it though. Nothing lasts forever.

Very, very true. If you've never heard of them, go read about Sand Mandalas! Monks spend years assembling the most beautiful artworks, then just blow them away.

So, this may be a dumb question, but I see on google that there's a lot of photos of sand mandalas. Doesn't taking a picture of your end result before dismantling it kind of go against the theme of life being transitory, seeing as how you're kind of extending the mandala's life with technology?

144 points · 6 months ago

Much of the point of photography is to capture things that are impermanent. But I think the two goals can coexist.

The point of the mandala isn't in erasing the image itself; it's about making something delicate, and then letting it go. Having a picture to remember it by doesn't change the fact that those pieces of sand that were so carefully composed ended up being blown away in seconds. The mandala is dead, you're just sharing a memory.

It helps to consider them two forms of art. Photography is capturing an image, while the art of a mandala is in putting the sand together, and then wiping the sand away. I'm sure you've seen a picture of a house of cards before. And it's incredibly underwhelming compared to seeing a house of cards in person, or making one yourself. Building it up, ever so carefully; the pride of having it right there in front of you, so delicate that even a breeze could ruin it; and then letting it die, because that is its nature as art. Having a picture doesn't change anything about that moment itself, and doesn't take anything away from the experience.

This is perfectly said, well done.

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251 points · 6 months ago

I doubt it’s the monks taking pictures of them.

89 points · 6 months ago

Maybe it is monks and they have private accounts so most people don't see the art.

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I like the way you think

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7 points · 6 months ago

Can speak to this. I was religious studies major and some Tibetan monks came to stay in my college and created a sand mandala on campus. Took a few a few days if I recall (many don't take years like above commenter said), and the local news and student reporters were bopping around with cameras once they finished and prepared to wipe it away. Like...yeah, I get that reporters' whole job is to document what's happening but it's pretty counterintuitive to be so eager to take photos and "preserve" it, even as an outsider.

27 points · 6 months ago

I don't know about the cases in question, but it isn't unusual for the monks to work where the public can observe and presumably photograph or whatever.

Which reminds me that a couple of years a little kid at the Mall of America (maybe?) jumped onto a mandala before it was finished. Minor scandal followed.

Yes but also anything is only ever as meaningful as you want it to be - that was enough for the people you are talking about, and you didn't see the people who didn't take a picture. Meaningfulness is an emotion, not something inherent in activities.

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A lot of Buddhism is about impermanence, I'm kinda envious of that mentality they hold. willing to let anything go without destroying themselves.

Nothing is permanent

Not even sharpie?

Rubbing alcohol.

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Had to study Tibet for a class and did a project on them. We drew a mandala and made a musical composition reflecting that(it was a world music class) Basically after we made the music and drew a mandala, we deleted the music after it was graded and threw the mandalas into a shredder so I thought that was a nice attention to detail.

This is prominently featured in the movie Samsara. Incredible film.

Also 7 Years in Tibet, where the PLA is introduced with officers kicking a mandala aside as they walk.

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it annoys me that they're not called sandalas

3 points · 6 months ago

We've all seen that episode of House of Cards.

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Something about impermanent art is fascinating to me.

In school I always liked drawing on whiteboards (never this well, though!) and although it was a little flattering it always kind of irked me when people would erase other doodles but not mine, or circle it and write 'save' or 'keep' near it. Part of the fun of drawing on something disposable like a white board or sticky note is knowing that it's going to go away.

I remember reading a book about graffiti - specifically, graffiti on freight train cars. They said that a major part of the scene (alongside things like size, detail, not getting caught, and so forth) was the knowledge that sooner or later the train would move along and take your art away forever with it - and that didn't particularly bother them.

Especially in the age of digital cameras and the internet it's interesting to think about intentionally choosing impermanence.

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Even cold november rain.

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True art is an explosion!

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1.5k points · 6 months ago

This is a classroom chalk board, if the artist didn't want their work wiped off they should have done it on a personal chalk board. They knew this was going to happen.

Clearly the artist should have applied a clear coat.

Never forget the sealer.

Never forget the sealer.

Wasn't this an older meme? I seem to recall someone tiling their bathroom and then everyone was telling them not to forget the sealer or grout, I forget which.

144 points · 6 months ago

It's the penny floor post

Ohhh that. I remember now. It was the sealer.

Gotta link?

Pfff, haha, sealant is key! Thanks for the link, my guy! :)

Any time, my dude.

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Pennies installed on the floor, and a bunch of people were sitting around trying their best to punch holes in the concept. The answer to all those problems was sealer.

37 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

a bunch of people were sitting around trying their best to punch holes in the concept

Reddit in a nutshell.

In many things this scepticism is an advantage (physics-based dragon MMORPG anyone?), but it wouldn't be Reddit if it took people more than five minutes to carry it off the deep end and create an all-encompassing maelstrom of unfounded negativity.

100% science based dragon mmorpg

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Pssh. All he needed to do was write "SAVE" next to it.

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Mate you're an absolute genius, have you got a PhD in Psychology?

No, but he is pretty famous

28 points · 6 months ago

his face looks like it was made from spare parts

Lmao yes

Thank you so much for gifting me that little piece of heaven.

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It’s a chalkboard

They knew it was gonna happen

Well, the part where it's likely photoshopped should help.

10 points · 6 months ago

Thank you!

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77 points · 6 months ago · edited 6 months ago

I mean I totally believe this, I go to an art school where shit better than this gets painted over in the bathroom stall all the time, this kind of thing isn't meant to be permanent being erased is just making room for more stuff, kind of like with a Zen garden and the wind.

edit: My point still stands so I'm not deleting this, but upon second inspection I actually think this very well may be photoshopped. However the detail of avoiding the sticker on the bottom right is a nice touch that wasn't necessary with Photoshop so I don't know what to believe, if it is an edit I have to admit it's well done but the quality of the photo makes deciding whether it is or not tough.

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Dont look up sand mandalas then.

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680 points · 6 months ago

I remember last time this was posted, wasn't this intentional and part of the art?

You mean this?

That's actually part of the "painting". The whole thing is an art instalation. The woman "cleaning" the board is made of wax.

(Obviously I'm bullshitting but I wish that would be true).

Did you not read past the first sentence? Because it's real

I knew asians were secretly made of wax.

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I think its was/is fake

143 points · 6 months ago

I am pretty sure it's real. It was first posted on twitter by a "blackboard artist", along with many other works.

114 points · 6 months ago

Translating the tweet, it says that the artist herself draws and suddenly erases her art amidst the viewers’ cries to stop.

Thats fucked up

27 points · 6 months ago

But genius as a lesson of impermanence.

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Dude, come on. You know how these blackboard artists are. They'll say anything.

43 points · 6 months ago

No need to be racist. I'm sure white board artists do the same thing. :p

7 points · 6 months ago

"Draw on the blackboard, mercilessly erase in the midst of shrieks" lmao

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That room is going to be full of so much chalk dust...

158 points · 6 months ago

Do you even water?

I don't see what my plants have to do with this.

Sorry. I read your user by accident :(.

That’s okay. I’ll help read it.

They don't. He's simply concerned.

What have you done...!?

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I am 3/5 water thank you very much

3 points · 6 months ago

"You mean that stuff thats in the toilet?"

6 points · 6 months ago

1 of your 5 a day.

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189 points · 6 months ago

Where’s the “hmm?”

You look at but can't see the hmm, so you think 'hmm?'.


This is more of a "NOOOOOOO!"

Yeah this is a photo but has nothing to do with the sub. This sucks if we’re headed down the resonance sub direction

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There's two clocks

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90% of the posts on the subreddit dont fit

this subreddit sucks ass now because the mods just don't do anything to fix it

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Used to draw on the board like this, and it takes forever, and the teacher is like "Ah cool. Hate to erase it, but..." Erases it.

Then it devolved to doodles like this one. (And yeah, I know it's gonna be erased anyways, that's the fate of a chalkboard drawing, that or a penis drawn next to it.... but still. XP)

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It's beautiful but whoever did it couldn't have expected it to stay like that forever. It is a classroom after all.

Just like sand castles

Those are really interesting to watch in time lapse. Must be a horrible feeling if their hand slipped or sneezed on it.

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74 points · 6 months ago

Last time this was posted people were responding that they felt it shouldn't have been rubbed away and how the teacher was shitty yada yada. Seems to be the same now. I'm no artist but this isn't particularly special right? People make stuff like this all the time and it is forgotten and stowed away in draws or just scrapped. Maybe the teacher had decided to keep it - maybe she used one corner of the board to work on so the art wasn't destroyed. Yeaa that's nice and all and the class can appreciate the art a little more but they're gonna forget all about it a month or so down the line.

But she destroyed it, and that class and me and everyone who has seen this image will remember it far longer than if hadn't been.

Scroll through r/art and you'll see loads of impressive art pieces that you'll momentarily appreciate for the skill and then scroll away and forget. You'll never forget this.

I dunno if this was the artists intention but that's how I see it.

Wait... what were you talking about?

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oh ok i guess

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It's a school. They need the board to teach. Go do some graffiti or something.

graffiti on the chalkboard?

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quiet sobbing

32 points · 6 months ago



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How is this “hmmm”

You moderators are shit

I don't get what about this makes you hmmmm

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Art is a living concept.

2/10 repost not enough hmmm

This is an art piece. It's not hmm material

That's what school does to your brain.

holy damn its amazing

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