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[–]you_do_realize 1204 points1205 points  (60 children)

[–]asparagrass 306 points307 points  (50 children)


[–]effifox 221 points222 points  (47 children)

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)

[–]Ridikiscali 61 points62 points  (1 child)

Plenty of space left

Have you ever taken a science in college? Math?

[–]Ublind 9 points10 points  (0 children)

I've taken many sciences.

[–]VirginWizard69 393 points394 points  (33 children)

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?

[–]claytonfromillinois 277 points278 points  (24 children)

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?

[–]RandyReaver 127 points128 points  (11 children)

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.

[–]noveltymoocher 36 points37 points  (4 children)

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

[–]ilovebostoncremedonu 8 points9 points  (2 children)

But what is forever, really?

[–]amoliski 16 points17 points  (1 child)

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.

[–]Letmefixthatforyouyo 19 points20 points  (3 children)

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.

[–]Gucci_Koala 9 points10 points  (1 child)

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

[–]ConradBHart42 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Is that Zyzz as Adam?

[–]dman6492 2599 points2600 points  (77 children)

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.

[–]sammyiwas 521 points522 points  (39 children)

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

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    [–]Vsx 274 points275 points  (13 children)

    Maybe the error is the metaphor itself.

    [–]oldboy_alex 65 points66 points  (11 children)

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

    [–]SadGhoster87 42 points43 points  (7 children)

    Or rain on your wedding day.

    [–]royal_buttplug 12 points13 points  (6 children)

    Isn’t that ironic?

    [–]Lullabuzzard 12 points13 points  (4 children)

    Don’t you think?

    [–]Flyberius 21 points22 points  (3 children)

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

    [–]NaCl-more 18 points19 points  (2 children)

    Now that's ironic

    [–]jroddie4 12 points13 points  (0 children)


    [–]I_Envy_Sisyphus 41 points42 points  (1 child)

    “Brother, you made a mistake.”

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

    [–]sammyiwas 16 points17 points  (0 children)

    Every teacher ever

    [–]edlp45 7 points8 points  (1 child)

    Navajos do that on things they produce.

    [–]ImEasilyConfused 15 points16 points  (4 children)

    Yeah but it's usually on accident.

    [–]NewYorkJewbag 4 points5 points  (0 children)

    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.

    [–]Assmar 148 points149 points  (11 children)

    Or just like regular ass graffiti.

    [–]HailTheHelix 109 points110 points  (5 children)

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

    [–]SJRambles 19 points20 points  (2 children)

    Scheduled butt graffiti is nothing to be confused about.

    [–]jrd_dthsqd 7 points8 points  (1 child)

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

    [–]Aliquamin 47 points48 points  (8 children)

    Reminds me of House of Cards!

    [–]chalkiest_studebaker 6 points7 points  (7 children)

    at least Claire got a picture of it

    [–]Aaguns 8 points9 points  (6 children)

    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.

    [–]chalkiest_studebaker 53 points54 points  (5 children)

    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.

    [–]claytonfromillinois 10 points11 points  (0 children)

    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.

    [–]Marcelxyx 4763 points4764 points  (198 children)

    Is an eraser streak clean like this even possible?

    [–]Dipodine 3330 points3331 points  (124 children)

    Looks like a sponge, might be wet

    [–]UdderlyFoolish 449 points450 points  (25 children)

    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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      [–]sfgeek 10 points11 points  (0 children)

      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.

      [–]jtriangle 11 points12 points  (0 children)

      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.

      [–]PaperTemplar 4270 points4271 points  (75 children)

      like ur mom lol

      [–]MuffinManx 875 points876 points  (5 children)

      Got em

      [–][deleted]  (4 children)


        [–]speeduponthedamnramp 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]Arctorkovich 267 points268 points  (32 children)

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

        [–]Bombinic 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        Only on days that end in y

        [–]NsfwOlive 30 points31 points  (10 children)


        [–]NsfwOlive 60 points61 points  (7 children)

        Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

        [–]MLGAyyLmao 107 points108 points  (6 children)

        Your mom

        [–]Sp0rks 40 points41 points  (5 children)


        [–]yoshiva99 24 points25 points  (4 children)

        Who lives in a pineapple under the sea?

        [–]RUSSfromUP 28 points29 points  (3 children)

        Spongebob Squarepants

        [–]MrHereToStay 17 points18 points  (1 child)

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

        [–]zephyrdragon3003 12 points13 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]PorterRobinsuo[🍰] 4 points5 points  (1 child)

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

        [–]LunarD3ATH 5 points6 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]kushasorous 15 points16 points  (5 children)

        There would be dripping

        [–]likejaxirl 26 points27 points  (2 children)

        only if its completely soaked

        [–]coldcucumberr 5 points6 points  (1 child)

        And the erased part would be darker because wet.

        [–]glenheartless 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        streak should be darker if that was the case

        [–]Telemako 143 points144 points  (1 child)

        [–]Pleased_to_meet_u 15 points16 points  (0 children)

        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!

        [–]SokkaStyle 42 points43 points  (1 child)

        Not from a Jedi.

        [–]thecloudsystem 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        It’s dry erase then.

        [–]Roggvir 99 points100 points  (29 children)


        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

        [–]Wrecked--Em 36 points37 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]tediousday 24 points25 points  (7 children)

        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.

        [–]frustrationinmyblood 3 points4 points  (1 child)

        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.

        [–]Roggvir 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        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.

        [–]HippieTrippie 4 points5 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]hdiver 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        it's not clean

        [–]bradlovesbacon 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        Not from a Jedi.

        [–]HensRightsActivist 2574 points2575 points  (18 children)

        Top 10 Anime Deaths

        [–]getakickoutofkik 208 points209 points  (11 children)


        [–]Heremhd 29 points30 points  (3 children)

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

        [–]Merrimack_v2 2 points3 points  (3 children)

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

        [–]largeangryredletters 13 points14 points  (0 children)

        Number 6 will chalk you!

        [–]CollinHell 3391 points3392 points  (142 children)

        This is physically painful to look at.

        [–]fluffyk87 887 points888 points  (52 children)

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

        [–]CollinHell 360 points361 points  (35 children)

        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.

        [–]KanyeFellOffAfterWTT 183 points184 points  (16 children)

        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?

        [–]Littlerz 142 points143 points  (3 children)

        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.

        [–]daigudithan 23 points24 points  (0 children)

        This is perfectly said, well done.

        [–]_swf 250 points251 points  (7 children)

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

        [–]ekfslam 84 points85 points  (5 children)

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

        [–]jml011 6 points7 points  (0 children)

        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.

        [–]NeilOld 29 points30 points  (0 children)

        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.

        [–]hughperman 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        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.

        [–]TiffanyNutmegRaccoon 20 points21 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]Squiddy32 7 points8 points  (0 children)

        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.

        [–]filemeaway 6 points7 points  (2 children)

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

        [–]AccessTheMainframe 3 points4 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]arnorath 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        it annoys me that they're not called sandalas

        [–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]CorndogNinja 19 points20 points  (1 child)

        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.

        [–]Lukavyy 2 points3 points  (1 child)

        True art is an explosion!

        [–]Taterdude 1465 points1466 points  (42 children)

        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.

        [–]IHappenToBeARobot 634 points635 points  (16 children)

        Clearly the artist should have applied a clear coat.

        Never forget the sealer.

        [–]DemandsBattletoads 116 points117 points  (13 children)

        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.

        [–]R2D2S00N 141 points142 points  (8 children)

        It's the penny floor post

        [–]DemandsBattletoads 52 points53 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]the_grass_trainer 20 points21 points  (6 children)

        Gotta link?

        [–]IHappenToBeARobot 57 points58 points  (5 children)

        [–]the_grass_trainer 20 points21 points  (2 children)

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

        [–]xanoran84 24 points25 points  (2 children)

        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.

        [–]Roflkopt3r 38 points39 points  (1 child)

        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.

        [–]doesnotexist1000 12 points13 points  (0 children)

        100% science based dragon mmorpg

        [–]Jyggalag 44 points45 points  (3 children)

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

        [–]AdanaKebab7 126 points127 points  (5 children)

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

        [–]RadioactivePandaBear 79 points80 points  (4 children)

        No, but he is pretty famous

        [–]ryeguy 28 points29 points  (2 children)

        his face looks like it was made from spare parts

        [–]Givensnofuccs 19 points20 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]-ordinary 13 points14 points  (0 children)

        It’s a chalkboard

        They knew it was gonna happen

        [–]winterfresh0 54 points55 points  (27 children)

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

        [–]MutantCreature 75 points76 points  (16 children)

        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.

        [–]CGB_Zach 7 points8 points  (1 child)

        Dont look up sand mandalas then.

        [–]mail1118 678 points679 points  (39 children)

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

        [–]whatever0601 621 points622 points  (14 children)

        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

        [–]sextravagant 60 points61 points  (20 children)

        I think its was/is fake

        [–]Jedakiah 140 points141 points  (19 children)

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

        [–]Nimted 109 points110 points  (5 children)

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

        [–]JonCorleone 52 points53 points  (1 child)

        Thats fucked up

        [–][deleted] 26 points27 points  (0 children)

        But genius as a lesson of impermanence.

        [–]felches4charity 42 points43 points  (1 child)

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

        [–]deckman 43 points44 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]SolasV 5 points6 points  (0 children)

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

        [–]Shadrach451 365 points366 points  (11 children)

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

        [–]Yu5or 159 points160 points  (8 children)

        Do you even water?

        [–]StopReadingMyUser 95 points96 points  (5 children)

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

        [–]inseminationn 55 points56 points  (1 child)

        Sorry. I read your user by accident :(.

        [–]The_Co-Reader 30 points31 points  (0 children)

        That’s okay. I’ll help read it.

        [–]tiltowaitt 5 points6 points  (0 children)

        They don't. He's simply concerned.

        [–]Iklaendia 3 points4 points  (0 children)

        What have you done...!?

        [–]Dwall4954 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        I am 3/5 water thank you very much

        [–]JR-98 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        "You mean that stuff thats in the toilet?"

        [–][deleted] 4 points5 points  (0 children)

        1 of your 5 a day.

        [–]linnftw 186 points187 points  (14 children)

        Where’s the “hmm?”

        [–]literal_herpes 201 points202 points  (1 child)

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

        [–]plipyplop 23 points24 points  (0 children)

        This is more of a "NOOOOOOO!"

        [–]ipaqmaster 50 points51 points  (1 child)

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

        [–]PintSizedPinata 2 points3 points  (0 children)

        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

        [–]NekoStar 26 points27 points  (2 children)

        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)

        [–]SkyNetscape 108 points109 points  (7 children)

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

        [–]danceswithwool 11 points12 points  (5 children)

        Just like sand castles

        [–]magnora7 7 points8 points  (4 children)

        [–]Snizzmatic 5 points6 points  (1 child)

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

        [–]popsand 75 points76 points  (6 children)

        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.

        [–]Dokraven 13 points14 points  (3 children)

        Wait... what were you talking about?

        [–][deleted]  (2 children)


          [–]Unit_46_plus_2 248 points249 points  (5 children)

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

          [–]confusison-dot-jpg 18 points19 points  (0 children)

          quiet sobbing

          [–]Nibbodemus 13 points14 points  (0 children)

          How is this “hmmm”

          You moderators are shit

          [–]machingunwhhore 10 points11 points  (2 children)

          I don't get what about this makes you hmmmm

          [–]deadrabbits76 3 points4 points  (0 children)

          Art is a living concept.

          [–]Zeldachic 9 points10 points  (0 children)

          2/10 repost not enough hmmm

          [–]_-BlueWaffleHouse-_ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

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

          [–]AdamBera 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          That's what school does to your brain.

          [–]palendines 2 points3 points  (0 children)

          holy damn its amazing