Inspired by the story of Godzilla, two kids and a mom invite people to create new art about monsters and our fragile earth.
Elliot (11) and Nico (8) are kids in Albuquerque, New Mexico, who love to draw monsters. Their mom, Christina, noticed that many of their monster drawings contained strong environmental themes, fears, and hopes. This got her thinking about her own fascination with monsters as a child growing up in Japan, and inspired her to revisit Japanese monsters such as Godzilla and Hedorah (The Smog Monster). She began to wonder if there were other eco monsters lurking in our collective imaginations... and the Eco Monsters art project idea was born.
What we plan to do:
Drawing monsters is a fun way to explore our concerns about the future of the earth. As a means of symbolic communication, the process of making art can be therapeutic. So we invite people everywhere, of all ages, to send us their Eco Monster drawings (monsters which relate to environmental concerns). We are collecting art work from around the world in order to 1) have a traveling art exhibit, and 2) publish a book of Eco Monsters. Monster drawings can be in pencil, pen, or markers. Any size, up to 11 x 14 inches. Monsters come in many moods - they can be ominous monsters, or happy, hopeful monsters, or ambivalent monsters. Anything you imagine! We will select our favorite monster drawings in August, and begin exhibiting the art work on a web site, galleries, and in a book. Please help us spread the word, and please...if you like to draw, send us your Eco Monster! (You do not need to become a backer of this project to contribute art work).
Mail art to: Christina Kennedy P.O. Box 40190 ABQ NM 87196 USA
Please note: Your art work will be kept in the Eco Monsters collection and will not be returned. If you love your monster, make a copy of it (but send us the original! We want originals -- signed by you!)
What the money is for:
Most of the money will go towards production costs of a hard-cover Eco Monsters book. Also: printing of a cool Eco Monsters poster, rental fees of spaces for showing the drawings, + picture frames, promotional pieces, expenses of a traveling art exhibit, and CD's of the Eco Monsters collection which we will donate to schools, libraries, art teachers, etc. Eventually, we would like to find a creative way for this art project to benefit the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
Thanks for your time and consideration!
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Mar 18, 2011 - May 3, 2011 (45 days)
Pledge $5 or more
$5 and up: Thank you! Your name will be listed on our web site as a supporter.
Pledge $10 or more
You will receive a handmade, one-of-a-kind monster bookmark! All your friends will be jealous.
Pledge $25 or more
You will receive an original work of Eco Monster art by Elliot or Nico, and an Eco Monsters vinyl sticker. Cool ! (Canada shipping, please add $2, International please add $5)
Pledge $50 or more
You will receive an original Eco Monster drawing by Elliot or Nico, and a slideshow on CD of some of the most interesting Eco Monster drawings we collect, as well as the vinyl sticker. Yay! (Canada shipping, please add $2, International, please add $5)
Pledge $100 or more
You will receive a limited edition Eco Monsters poster, a CD of some of the most interesting Eco Monster drawings we collect, and an Eco Monsters vinyl sticker. Your friends will turn monster-green with envy! (Canada shipping, please add $6, intl. shipping please add $10)
Pledge $500 or more
Thank you! You will receive a copy of the hardcover Eco Monsters book, limited edition poster, a handmade one-of-a-kind paper mache Eco Monster figure, and an Eco Monster sticker. Amazing! (Canada shipping, please add $6, intl. shipping please add $10)
Pledge $1,000 or more
We will send you home-made monster cookies, a copy of the Eco Monsters book, limited edition poster, CD of Eco Monster drawings, and we will make a custom Eco Monster collage from recycled materials based on your requested theme. Wow!
Pledge $5,000 or more
We will dress up as monsters and throw you a monster party in your home, complete with a custom-made monster piñata, monstrous dance music, monster snacks, and a slide show of some of the coolest Eco Monster drawings we collect. (Southwestern United States only, unless you add travel expenses). You will also receive a copy of the book and poster... and of course-- our undying gratitude.