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Century-old stereographs are digitally collaged, making hybrid 3D scenes with stories.

The Gilded Garden:  A Stereocollision Project by Ethan Turpin
To make the Stereocollision project, I remix old 3D photos known as stereographs.  I’m launching a new edition called “The Gilded Garden”: 12 stereographic cards with letterpressed stories, digitally blending scenes from the vast archives of the California Museum of Photography.  In discrete 3D spaces, these cards reveal a time and place where cause and effect occur in strange unison.  The adventure and bounty of the 2nd Industrial Revolution collide with forces of Nature - and people do their best to adapt in scenes both surreal and hauntingly familiar.  

The end goal is an edition of 35 sets of cards, available with vintage stereoscopes, still the best way to experience the medium today.  Though these prototypes are painstakingly crafted, and have been embraced by the contemporary art world, I am committed to making the first several sets affordable by pre-selling them here, directly to you, before the work goes on to galleries at a higher price.  

We've now reached the essential funding target, so you know that your pledges will count in a fully backed project!  Further support will directly benefit the final production process for "The Gilded Garden" and the future of my Stereocollision work.

If you haven't used Kickstarter before, it just takes a few minutes to set up the account.  You will use it again - it's an incredible marketplace of new ideas and  wonderful things!

This campaign’s rewards (on the right) also include pieces such as the “Warmer Waters” print, the limited “Global Curiosity” edition, and an interactive T-shirt, “Snowball Fight with a Polar Bear”!  

"Warmer Waters" print or stereocard available.
"Warmer Waters" print or stereocard available.

The new series is both a lament and a comedy, a cautionary tail and a joyride on slippery history.  It’s themes are mythic and controversial.  If you value such an experience, please help to make this exist, in our culture and for our own amusement.

UPDATE:  SEE ALL 12 CARD FRONTS BELOW!

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The greatest challenge and thrill of publishing Stereocollision projects has to do with mimicking the look, feel, and methods of international companies of the late 19th Century, which had factories to produce stereocards. While computers help with much of it, the mechanical and hands-on process of manufacturing at quantity still plays an important role. Although I've taken the project through the creative process of research, image making, writing, design, letterpress, and die-cutting, there is much to be done. Each card set takes at about 5 hours of skilled labor to soften the edges (left from die-cutting) and carefully mount the photos on the cards. After that they are pressed overnight before going into the hand-stamped and signed box.

With so much time spent in the 3D digital space of my computer, I love stepping into the hands-on process, but I can't do all 420 individual cards myself, so I'll be hiring assistants. After over a year of production, two major exhibitions, and several thousand dollars out of pocket, The Gilded Garden edition is 90% complete, but I need your help to deliver the final product.

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    THE GILDED GARDEN STICKER: Featuring people posing on an iceberg, and my gratitude. (2D)

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    3 THE GILDED GARDEN STICKERS: Featuring people posing on an iceberg, and my gratitude. (2D)

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    THE GILDED GARDEN STEREOSCOPIC T-SHIRT: Featuring "SNOWBALL FIGHT WITH A POLAR BEAR"! Also the STICKER. Comes with "free-viewing" instructions for seeing in 3D without scope! NOTE: This may take practice. Some people's eyes have a hard time with this technique. Also, women may have an added advantage wearing this shirt!

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    ONE GILDED GARDEN STEREOCARD chosen by ME, featuring one of twelve stereographic scenes with letterpressed text and a small PLASTIC STEREOSCOPE for viewing in 3D. I will be breaking-up a limit of 15 of the 35 sets to make individual cards available. Each image and its story is beautiful, in my humble opinion! {Holiday rush add $20. Delivered in USA by Christmas.}

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    ONE GILDED GARDEN STEREOCARD chosen by YOU, featuring one of twelve stereographic scenes with letterpressed text and a small PLASTIC STEREOSCOPE for viewing in 3D. I will be breaking-up a limit of 15 of the 35 sets to make individual cards available. You may pick 1 of the 12 cards you most fancy. {Holiday rush add $20. Delivered in USA by Christmas.}

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    SIGNED "WARMER WATERS" STEREOGRAPHIC WALL PRINT from The Gilded Garden series, featuring alligators swimming alongside icebergs and human onlookers. Special limited edition of 30. Image is 11 x 15 inches, printed on archival photo paper. Comes with "free-viewing" instructions for seeing 3D without scope! NOTE: This may take practice. Some people's eyes have a hard time with this technique. {Holiday rush add $30. Delivered in USA by Christmas.}

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    SIGNED "WARMER WATERS" PRINT + DISTANCE-VIEWING STEREOSCOPE. Same as reward above plus a hand-held, scientific stereoscope for 3D viewing or wall-mounted print. Comes with viewing instructions. {Holiday rush add $45. Delivered in USA by Christmas. Stereoscope to arrive in January}

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    ***THE GILDED GARDEN STEREOCARD BOX SET! This is what this whole campaign is about! Suite of 12 stereocards with printed box and index card. Limited edition of 35 sets - 15 whole sets available here. Kickstarter SPECIAL price! Comes with small PLASTIC STEREOSCOPE for viewing in 3D. {Holiday rush add $100. Delivered in USA by Christmas.}

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    ***THE GILDED GARDEN STEREOCARD BOX SET with ANTIQUE STEREOSCOPE! View these images in 3D the way they were intended - century old stereoscopes remain optically unrivaled and will take you back in time! Suite of 12 stereocards with printed box and index card. Limited edition of 35 sets - 15 whole sets available here. Kickstarter SPECIAL price! {Holiday rush add $150. Delivered in USA by Christmas.}

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    THE GILDED GARDEN STEREOCARD BOX SET with ANTIQUE STEREOSCOPE, SIGNED "WARMER WATERS" PRINT + DISTANCE-VIEWING STEREOSCOPE! View these images in 3D the way they were intended. This reward gives you both the means to view the set of 12 cards in you hands as well as a special print for the wall! (See rewards #6 and #8)

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    A CUSTOM STEREOCOLLISION! This option commissions a unique stereographic scene, to your liking, from century-old archives. If there is a location, event, character, subject, or activity you are interested in, let your imagination run with it! This comes with a STEREOSCOPE and can be a wall print or stereocard - We'll talk.

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    THE GILDED GARDEN in 'HAND-TINTED' COLORS + ANTIQUE STEREOSCOPE! A very special optical experience of stereographic subjects. Of the 35 box sets in the edition, 5 sets will be digitally colored in the style of the Victorian photographic tinting tradition. Suite of 12 stereocards with printed box and index card.

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    THE VALUE PACKAGE: THE GILDED GARDEN in 'HAND-TINTED' COLORS + ANTIQUE STEREOSCOPE, CUSTOM STEREOCOLLISION, SIGNED "WARMER WATERS" PRINT + DISTANCE-VIEWING STEREOSCOPE! (See rewards above for details)

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    THE GLOBAL CURIOSITY SET + ANTIQUE STEREOSCOPE. Based on the Keystone View Company's country sets, this series of 15 cards with text leads a tour of a mixed-up, globalized world. The project has shown extensively in museums and galleries. This was the first Stereocollision project, and of just 5 box sets in the edition, only 2 remain available.

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    A selection of offerings above plus a private event including the parlor installation, Victorian games, performances, and/or video installations. We'll talk.

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