In 2008 a group of traveling musicians on a cross-Canada tour started the collection, with the help of a clown named Dr. Storey, who solicited donations from concert-goers. The idea was simple, anyone could donate anything to the collection by simply filling out a form with their submission.
Since then the collection has continued to expand and has been widely exhibited, traversing bars, galleries, sushi restaurants, shop windows, artist studios and backyards. The collection has been part of many exhibitions, events, and still-life drawing sessions. It has also been featured in a music video, show posters, paintings, photographs, album art, and magazines.
Initially the collection was cared for in archival storage boxes and an online searchable database, however the objects took on a life of their own, the database crashed and the objects broke out of their storage boxes. We soon found that the collection had become a body and member of our collective.
Whose Museum views its collection as permeable and in a constant state of flux. Items from the collection are sometimes altered by artists, traded or loaned with visitors to the museum. It has been eaten, made into sculptural installations and tattoos.