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Valentine for AIDS 2016

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It's LOVE week.

Valentine for AIDS | @Flying M, Boise
February 4-14, 2016

Valentine for AIDS, 23rd annual art and community event hosted by Flying M Coffeehouse, Downtown Boise (500 W Idaho St). All proceeds from the silent art auction benefit local citizens living with HIV/AIDS through the non-profit organization SNAP. Bidding ends at 4pm on Sunday, February 14.

This is my 8th year participating and I always enjoy freedom to explore with this donation project. I usually trend toward geekery, one year submitting Vita-men capsules, another a miniature goat hide (Capra hircus minutulus). This year, a goathead, a thorn on nearly every trail in Southern Idaho (and a handful of other states).

Immortalizing this already "immortal" seed, the Puncturevine plant, Tribulus terrestris L., is truly amazing. In the right conditions the seed can last up to 20 years in the ground. It also has a long history of use in traditional Chinese medicine and Indian Ayurvedic practice.

Love. Hate. Appreciate.
sterling silver hand-cast goathead, weighted shou sugi ban base, recycled bicycle tire.

 sterling-silver-hand-cast-goathead © melissa-osgood



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