Take part in the therapeutic process of public art,and keep memory of this landmark by having your own hand bound artist book. .
On September 17, a special event will take place in Puerto Colombia, a small town near Barranquilla, Colombia. Seven established artists of diverse backgrounds will develop distinct urban interventions. Zulu Padilla -- whom I met last year while I was visiting this town -- has invited me to participate.
In 1893, Puerto Colombia newly inaugurated a 400 ft-long pier, one of the world’s largest at the time. For the next four decades, Puerto Colombia was the center of marine trade in the Colombian Atlantic coast. Some 50 years later, in 1943, the Colombian Government prohibited the pier activity, transferring all the trade to the much larger Barranquilla. The decision condemned the town to neglect, abandonment and ruin, turning Puerto Colombia into a ghetto-like beach town, though still serenely beautiful. In 2009 the pier collapsed some 200 feet into the water and was subsequently shut down. During my visit to Puerto Colombia, I noticed the 16-story building and fell in love with it. Although the construction started a decade ago, the building remains half-built.
The idea is to fully wheat paste the entire building with my recent body of work, consisting of images of recent floods. Among the images are: four men grasping onto their remaining belongings as they flee the Japanese tsunami; a homeless man seeking shelter from the San Francisco Bay area storms with nothing more than a plastic bag over his head; a young girl desperately running alongside her bicycle from the overflowing Jamundi River in Colombia.
In addition to wheatpasting this forgotten tower, I plan to produce a hand bound book consisting of 45 pages, along with a cardboard silkscreened cover in an edition of 300. There will be a special edition of 50 for generous supporters of “The Forgotten Tower.” This book will become the second volume in the Nuevos Tiempos collection. Along with the books, I an offering recent original work at a range of prices.
Due to the event's budgetary restrictions, I must provide for all my materials and travel expenses. The goal is to raise $3000.00 to complete both the exhibit and the book project.
I appreciate your support in this important artistic project which summons a reflection on human tragedy, as it enhances the town and engages and educates passersby in Puerto Colombia.
The work created for this project will also be included in an upcoming solo exhibit at FUSE gallery.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on September 21, 2011.
Sep 6, 2011 - Sep 21, 2011 (15 days)
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hand-stamped and screenprinted postcard of "the forgotten Tower"Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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a signed and numbered copy of the Alias publication. which includes a newspaper cut out and a original drawing.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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1 signed and numbered copy of The Nuevos Tiempos "Forgotten Tower" bookEstimated delivery: Dec 2011
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1 signed and numbered Special edition copy of The Nuevos Tiempos "Forgotten Tower" book wich will contain unique screenprints within the pages.Estimated delivery: Dec 2011
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get a original Canvas from the work I will show in my upcoming New York Solo exhibit at Fuse Gallery from 4 that have been chosen for this cause.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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get an original Canvas from the work I will show in my upcoming New York Solo exhibit at Fuse Gallery, from 3 that have been chosen for this cause.Estimated delivery: Nov 2011
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This is the piece am working on in the video it contains the essence of this project.on it are some of the images that will be published in the book and put up in The Forgotten Tower mixed media on wood 48x48 2011Estimated delivery: Nov 2011