The record-holders featured in artist Katerina Sedá’s “Los Altos World Records” book received recognition for their unusual feats at a ceremony at the Los Altos History Museum June 28.
One-by-one, residents of Los Altos and Los Altos Hills came forward to accept a personalized book showcasing the records they entered in the competition. From the Largest Collection of Lint to the Youngest Salesman, the Largest Christmas Tree Collection and the Oldest Cat with the Loudest Meow, the entries highlighted the unique interests and personalities of the people who submitted them.
When Sedá visited Los Altos last year to present her “Everything Is Perfect” project, commissioned by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art for “Project Los Altos: SFMOMA in Silicon Valley,” residents were a bit slow to participate. But after distributing 21,000 flyers and publicizing the project in the Town Crier, Sedá attracted more than 247 records and photographs from 180 entrants. She compiled the entries in “Los Altos World Records.”
To celebrate the conclusion of the project, Sedá returned to Los Altos from her home in the Czech Republic to present a personalized “Los Altos World Records” book to each participant. No larger in size than a deck of cards, each book features the photo the entrant submitted and bears an official seal of authenticity signed by the artist.
Sedá said she plans to organize a second iteration of the project – “Los Altos World Records 2015.” The online submissions page for the book was scheduled to debut last week at everythingisperfect.org.
"Everything is Perfect" Awards Ceremony - Photos by Ellie Van Houtte/Town Crier