Carly Schmitt captures the curiosities of one neighborhood


1 Artist Carly Schmitt watches as her images are attached to a utility box in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 1, 2013. She took photos of items belonging to neighborhood residents and combined them via Photoshop to create the illusion of a curio cabinet. 
2 Artist Carly Schmitt takes photos at a neighborhood gathering for the Curiosities of Lyndale project in Minneapolis, Minn., on July 31, 2012. Residents brought items they thought best represented them and Schmitt combined images of these items into a community art project. 
3 John Byrne (right) shows a neighbor one of the many 1890s magazines he found inside the walls of his Minneapolis home. He brought the magazine to a gathering for the Curiosities of Lyndale community art project on July 31, 2012. 
4 Neighborhood resident John Byrne found this magazine between the walls of his 1900s home, where it served as insulation. 
5 Artist Carly Schmitt takes photos at a neighborhood gathering for the Curiosities of Lyndale project in Minneapolis, Minn., on July 31, 2012. Residents brought items they thought best represented them and Schmitt combined images of these items into a community art project. 
6 One resident brought a stuffed bear made for her by her aunt. The bear was named Humphrey, a nod to Vice President Hubert Humphrey. 
7 Artist Carly Schmitt talks to a young area resident about the prized possessions he brought to the Curiosities of Lyndale gathering in Minneapolis, Minn., on July 31, 2012. 
8 Philip Redmon (right) and Josh Lemke cover a Minneapolis, Minn., utility box with Avery Wrapping Film, the same kind of product used to custom-wrap cars. The large stickers display images of the items residents shared at Curiosities of Lyndale community gatherings. The finished boxes will look like curio cabinets. 
9 A utility box in Minneapolis, Minn., is transformed into a virtual curio cabinet. The "shelves" showcase items belonging to residents from the surrounding community. 
10 Passersby take in the finished community artwork in Minneapolis, Minn., on August 1, 2013. Eventually, 27 of the area's utility boxes will be altered to look like curio cabinets.