[By Tina Koyama in Seattle] When walking in my neighborhood or driving through Seattle, I occasionally spot abandoned furniture. Hoping someone will haul them away, people who are moving leave large items on the sidewalk so they won’t have to take them to their new home.
Abandoned tables, bookcases and desks somehow manage to maintain their dignity, but couches look especially pathetic to me. Old, faded, dirty and saggy (and often a dull green color), these couches seem depressed and hopeless, especially if it rained overnight. Who’s going to take a soggy couch, even if it’s free?
After I sketched my first urban couch and shared it online, Facebook friends started telling me about others they have spotted in their own neighborhoods. Sometimes by the time I get there, the couches are gone, so there’s hope that they went to new homes. But more often they are still there, getting more soggy and depressed by the minute.
Now that the weather is improving, I’ve been scouting around the neighborhoods toward the end of the month (when tenants tend to move out), looking for urban couches. It’s an ongoing series; send me the GPS coordinates when you see one.