The perpetual project began one wintry month after he and friends had been regularly sending art to one another. Peña sent so many odd objects, he was used to having his post return to him.
But when one letter came back with intriguing markings, Peña thought about how to have even more returned. The solution was simple: Send them somewhere undeliverable. “Growing up in Washington State, my experience of the ocean was shaped by how raw, cold, and unforgiving it is,” he told BuzzFeed. “Being near the ocean always made me very aware of my own fragility and insignificance, which I really liked.”