Fed up mum turns 10-year-old daughter’s abandoned dirty sock into an art exhibit

IT'S not uncommon to find your kids' dirty clothes laying around the house.

But a fed-up mum who was sick of picking up her 10-year-old daughter's laundry decided to turn it into an art exhibition instead.

After spotting a grubby sock on the floor of the bathroom, Xep Campbell, 45, added a museum-style plaqueto tease her daughter Kestrel, 10.

Instead of picking up her washing, her daughter then created a plinth for it – just like a piece of modern art would be exhibited in a museum or gallery – and named the piece 'The Forgotten Sock'.

It began a quiet game of one-upmanship, where a set of toy animals were added to appreciate the 'artwork' in their bathroom in Washington, USA.

The now infamous sock was dropped on November 26, and after lying untouched for six days exasperated mum Xep set to make a point – in a creative way.


Xep from Port Townsend, Washington said: "I thought she would be annoyed at me, I was not expecting her to literally put it on a pedestal!"

Kestrel made the mini table and then texted a photo of it to her mum, a non-profit database administrator.

Xep added some toy farm animals to the appreciate her artwork, and posted the picture online that quickly went viral.

"That's when it really escalated!" said Xep.

Still not giving in, a miniature monolith appeared next to the original masterpiece, made of painted silver board.


Mysterious metal monoliths have been popping up over the past few weeks in seemingly random locations across the world, including on the Isle of Wight.

The bathroom gallery was then given a seasonal flourish with some Christmas lights and other toy figurines turning it into a nativity scene.

Kestrel, Xep and her quietly appreciative husband Robert, 47, have since added more works of art across the skirting board, including a pirate ship and an increasing crowd of Playmobil art connoisseurs.

The growing exhibition has caused a stir on Facebook with Xep's public posts gaining thousands of likes and shares since her first post on December 3.


The mum-of-one then came up with the idea to turn her own joke into a force for good, calling out for donations to the Jumping Mouse Children's Centre in Port Townsend.

She said: "The charity element was a bit spur of the moment; I was brushing my teeth ready for bed when the idea popped into my head after seeing their leaflet on the side earlier on so I went downstairs to write a post.

"Last year I asked a friend involved in social action what charity would do the most with a small amount of money so I could make a donation and they recommended Jumping Mouse.

"From this post now they have made over $8,000 (£6050)."

To donate visit – jumpingmouse.org/donate-ways-to-give 

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