Literally, that is.
My building at work is was a lovely building with offices overlooking a five story atrium filled with palm trees, comfortable seating areas, and a little cafe. Now, it is more of a construction zone with chopped down palm trees, machines that look like giant transformer toys, and lots of dust. It is on its way to becoming a lovely atrium again with more seating, a nicer cafe, and a Starbuck's, so we are all patiently enduring the construction phase knowing better things are to come.
Through the middle of the building, the contractors put up temporary walls to give us a walkway while isolating the construction zone. One day, somebody "vandalized" the temporary wall (is it vandalism when the wall isn't a real wall?). I thought, "Oh man... that's really not professional in an office setting. I bet we'll get an email telling us not to write on the wall."
Imagine my surprise when the exact opposite happened! Instead, they attached boxes full of markers to the walls, and we were encouraged to vandalize away!
Our building is full of geeky software developers (and yes, I include myself in that category), so the geeks have come out in full force. Anyone else know 110 digits of pi from memory?
Where else will you find mathmatical proofs next to big green blind monsters?
And for Lost fans, there is a little commentary on Lost.
Employees' kids of all ages have come to experience the wall.
And one girl used up an entire purple marker working on her design. It says she spent 4.5 hours working on it. Gotta wonder... was she on the clock?
Yesterday, I decided my kids had to get in on the action before there isn't any space left to draw.
Every artist needs a plate full of chocolate teddy grahams, right?
I think they enjoyed making their mark on the wall.
As much as I am looking forward to the nicer cafe, renovated atrium, and the Starbuck's that takes payroll deduction, it is going to be a sad, sad day when the wall comes tumbling down.