Artist: Paisley Boyd
Artwork: In Hans We Trust
Description: “One person's junk is another person;s following” Unknown Earth Dweller
Planet Earth has become a planet of junk, surrounded by our selfish need for consumer products and our wasteful nature. As it became too much, the government tried an attempt to free Earth of its waste by launching Earth's ‘junk’ into space. Rushed and poorly planned in a desperate attempt to sort Earth's problems meant the journey of these ‘junk ships’ were unknown.
Planet Earth’s problems were slightly relieved, until its dwellers saw this as a chance to consume and waste more. Earth’s problems got worse, the land became engulfed in its inhabitant’s own doing and religious groups claimed this to be the rapture. As Earth continued to be taken for granted, abused of its resources and filled to the brim, a second initiative was launched to send various Terraforming ships (with crew, resources and the means to start a new life) into the vast depths of space. Ships A to H were a success, landing on nearby planets that could allow for life, however the rush for these ships to be launched became ever more pressing and ship I’s launch date was pushed forward and rushed into launching. During launch there was a malfunction in the ship's computer, it launched successfully and safely into space, however the navigation system failed and the ship drifted into the nothingness as its crew were deep in hypersleep.
As time went on the ship still drifted through space, eventually joining a trail of ‘junk’ that happened to be of Earth's first initiative. As the ship joined this trail it became just another item that Earth threw out and forgot about. Eventually the ship crashed on a planet along with a lot of Earths junk. As the crew awoke, frazzled by the strangely long hypersleep, they started on their mission; one of the few things hardwired into them that they remembered. As they began to build a new life for themselves, searching through the rubbish, they came across what they believed to be a scripture of some sort. Thus the following of IKEA was born as a result of the little they remembered combining consumerism and religion.
As the crew created a life for themselves, the following of IKEA grew. They search for meaning in their lives by building a place to call home for the many people. Members of IKEA can be identified by their blue and yellow colour scheme giving out literature to spread to word of Hans and IKEA. Why not chat with them? It might all make sense.
Photography by Strawbleu Editions