The European Greenbelt is the Iron Curtain, just as Istanbul was once Constantinople, and I would like to document it.
Sneek Peak of the what is yet to come....
I'm going to travel the Green Belt for 52 days by bicycle, uploading pictures every day and keeping a blog. The photos, along with the written work, will serve as a guidebook for future travelers and the photos will be used in an upcoming exhibition... and if we can raise enough a few friends will join us along the way.
The first question is, ‘Why 52 days” –right?
Well, because I consider documenting the Green Belt a long-term project, and I want to take it in stride, spending just enough time to be effective with out burning out. Also, there are 52 cards in a deck of cards, which is one, the fabulous rewards for helping me out with a donation. I am going to take a photograph for each day on the trail which will than be printed on a card, so, if you like, the next time you play poker there will to be the added dimension of cold war trivia.
The second is, ‘What do I plan to do on the European Green Belt?’
The European Greenbelt is the Iron Curtain, just as Istanbul was once Constantinople, and I would like to document this, through photographs and a blog. This would not only be an archive of cultural and environmental imagery, but also a ‘how to’ guide for the European Greenbelt, which could be found www.greenbeltguide.com...( due to be launched very soon, with help from your donation ;) The European Green Belt began when Kai Frobel noticed that the No Man’s land of the Iron Curtain had become a de-facto wildlife preserve, and after 1989, he was instrumental in piecing this international ribbon on land together. Since the Iron Curtain was the physical representation of an ideological divide, caused by the cold war, I would pay particular attention to imagery that speaks of this, but to do this I must spend as much time in a particular area as needed to collect imagery. Therefore the basic goal of my project is to spend 52-day trip on the Greenbelt. Ideally I would like to bike from Slavonice, Czech Republic to Piran, Slovenia. However, if a particular area is note worthy I may spend more time there, foregoing my intended finish line.
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pledged of $2,500 goal
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Jul 7, 2011 - Aug 28, 2011 (52 days)
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a 10 page pdf down load on how to get started on the European Green Belt
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a handwritten postcard from the Green Belt
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All access digital photo pass. I will send you a link in which you are free to download any digital images; I take while on the road. Yes, that is right. You can do what you want with the photos, so you can cut, paste, add to your homework, hang in your bathroom, and put on you refrigerator …what ever it is up to you.
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Deck of playing cards, featuring a image taken everyday on the trip
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Sgraffitto Fresco Puzzle. Sgraffito comes from the Italian word ‘to scratch’. This particular image is found in a small town on the border of Czech Republic and Austria, called Slavonice. Most of the Sgraffito Fresco there in the area were produced by renaissance artisans from Italy. Commissioned to Bohemina by an art loving nobleman, Zachariáš of Hradec
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Green Belt Cookbook written by Jennifer Welter with photographs taken by Molly Radecki.
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Beth Lazroe's 'In Our Faces' Signed Exhibition Catalogue
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20 x 30 Metallic Photograph of the "Circus Tent in Autumn on an Island in Vltava" The same river which inspired great classic composer Bedřich Smetana to make a magical music piece about the Vltava River. Year after taking this image, I went to the exact same spot on this island to collect leaves to be part of an exhibition installation, and as I bent down to pick up the first leaf , I focused my attention to the ground to notice that someone had scratched a word "LOVE", hidden between the fallen leaves. Proving to me, once again, that this island nestled between river-coasts of Prague, is a magical place.
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3 days in Slavonice for you and up to 2 friends, all you have to do is fly into Prague or Vienna. I will be your host, provide accommodation, and will be your official Green Belt Tour Guide.