LOVELAND will be a million square inches of real space in Detroit, Michigan that can be purchased & created on physically or virtually for $1 an inch.
Welcome to LOVELAND's second round of public inchvestment through Kickstarter! Get your inchgines ready.
The rules are simple: for every dollar you inchvest you get a square inch of space in LOVELAND, Detroit to do what you please with. The first 25,000 inches will be part of the Plymouth colony of LOVELAND and currently exist in my studio at the Russell Industrial Center. In the future your inches will move to a bigger space and gain additional features through The Inchernet.
LOVELAND is a work in progress with the objective of creating a tiny new globally networked city in the city of Detroit, Michigan on a grid of a million real square inches (about 85' x 85') along with an accompanying "Inchernet" to see and interact with the inches online. In the future these tools will expand for use in other projects beyond inches. Experience the simultaneous miracles of tiny property ownership, collective creative freedom, and the satisfaction of being a pioneering inchvestor in an incheresting idea that's crazy enough to work.
Much more can be learned at http://makeloveland.com and http://7billionfriends.com. You can also follow LOVELAND on Twitter at http://twitter.com/makeloveland. So far nearly 170 people have claimed nearly 3,000 future inches, with the largest inchvestor so far claiming 1,000 inches. Thinking inside the inch is the new thinking outside the box. Have a listen to a recent interview about the project on Pirate Cat Radio.
Feel completely free to call me on the phone at 908-343-1981 to talk about the project. You can see the first round of inches archived here.
Be good, be proud, be in LOVELAND,
Jerry Paffendorf & Friends
Standard disclaimer: There are many experimental aspects to this project and how exactly the LOVELAND grid will ultimately look and work are being figured out as we go along. You promise not to sue me or otherwise get me in trouble, and I promise to be awesome. Thanks!
PS The title of this Kickstarter goal is [update: was :)] a play on an old song by Donovan, First There Is A Mountain, Then There Is No Mountain, Then There Is. My friend Steve says I need an inchervention for my inchisms, but I told him I don't have a problem, I can stop inchy time.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $1,000 goal
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Sep 4, 2009 - Sep 19, 2009
Pledge $1 or more
Everyone who inchvests at any level earns über elite Founding Forefather or Founding Foremother status -- your chance to feel like George Washington
Pledge $12 or more
The ability to keep a straight face while saying you've got 12 inches in Detroit -- do not underestimate the value of this
Pledge $25 or more
You'll get the first LOVELAND paper inch deed mailed to you. Perfect for framing, the refrigerator, or folding into an airplane and throwing at friends
Pledge $50 or more
You'll get an "I've Got Inches In Detroit" t-shirt (final design pending but it will be something like this one: http://bit.ly/1VyKMV)
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Membership in The Nice Round Number Club
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Membership in The Square Foot Club
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Get an attractive and significant piece of LOVELAND history and art. For $288 you'll get 288 inches and one of the two 2' x 2' grids (576 square inches, twice 288) used to visually track inchvestors at the 2009 People's Art Festival at the Russell Industrial Center in Detroit. Read more about them and see pictures of them at http://bit.ly/fEeec. The photos used in this video all come from that event and some show the grids at various stages of completion (blue tape on white/brown board with colorful circular stickers).
Pledge $1,001 or more
Become the biggest inchvestor so far (yes, someone inchvested $1,000 for 1,000 inches in LOVELAND and is working on something really cool)