NYC Souvenir Made Of Generic, Factory-Made NYC Souvenirs. by @DanNosowitz via @FastCoDesign

In New York, souvenir shops litter the more tourist-friendly areas.

But the souvenirs, as with souvenirs the world over, are low-quality, generic junk.

Designer Chris Godfrey, living in New York for the summer, wanted to send some souvenirs back home to London, but wasn't pleased with the quality of what he found. So he made his own.

Titled "Souvenir," this piece is made from about 30 souvenirs, sanded or dismantled or modified in some way.

Godfrey made a silicon mold from a larger Statue of Liberty, creating a clear housing.

He then poured a clear resin filled with the modified generic souvenirs into the mold.

He has no control of how the individual souvenirs would be placed; it was all random.

The piece was finished off with a plaster base.

Instead of a generic, anonymous souvenir, he now has a truly one-of-a-kind piece.

And, it was made in New York, unlike those other souvenirs.

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NYC Souvenir Made Of Generic, Factory-Made NYC Souvenirs

You can't buy this one-of-a-kind Statue of Liberty souvenir in a junky shop in Times Square or Chinatown.

When visiting New York for the summer from his former home in London, then-design-student Chris Godfrey wanted some souvenirs to return with. Finding only the cheapest, most generic New York souvenirs—plastic Lady Libertys, keychains, pencils, a pewter spoon, an iPhone case—he decided there must be something more interesting he could make. And so began "Souvenir," a project which turns all of that mass-produced junk into something special.

Godfrey bought dozens of these souvenirs and began altering them. "Most of the souvenirs were dismantled. This included un-screwing, grating, and good old smashing. Some smaller objects, such as key-rings, earrings, pins, and the pressed penny, went in complete," he writes in an email.

Godfrey says his aim was to take these anonymous, cheap, junky souvenirs—all made in China, to boot—and make something unique, a one-off piece that would capture the same feeling of adventure that Godfrey found when he visited New York.

Why bother altering them? "I dismantled the objects to ensure this was a complete one-off," he writes. "This way, nearly every single thing in the Statue is its own unique size and shape."

Yep, in the Statue. He reconstituted it out of more than 30 Lady Liberty mementoes. Godfrey bought a large model of the Statue of Liberty, which he calls his "favorite attraction," and made a silicone mold of it, in one complete piece. He then poured in his smaller, modified objects, along with clear resin, trapping the mutilated pieces within the clear outer shell of Lady Liberty. "I had no control of how they went in or what position they took up," he writes. "It was a case of pouring it all in and hoping for the best."

And, of course, the whole thing was made not in China, and not in London, but right here in New York City.

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