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Imagine floating, globally connected urban forests growing where billboards stand.  Artist Stephen Glassman and his team are doing it.
Imagine floating, globally connected urban forests growing where billboards stand. Artist Stephen Glassman and his team are doing it.
1,565 backers pledged $100,772 to help bring this project to life.

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      Carlowens77 on December 10

      Below is the article in the LA Times that first reported about the novelty of this idea. I believe the original reporter would find it interesting to hear that it simply vanished.

      Article here:

    2. Nicholas Greinert on March 25, 2016

      In a time where our planet needs this message the most.

    3. Nicholas Greinert on March 25, 2016

      Wow, to promise such a good thing and then to disappear. That's just evil.

    4. Amer Ajami on March 23, 2016

      Did you just take the money and run?

    5. Marcus Puchalla on March 11, 2016

      Any updates on this project. Did you ever create the mailing list or the website. I see no communication since 2014, neither here nor on Facebook or elsewhere. If the project failed please explain why. I mean 100k are a lot of money, so please explain what happened to it. Thanks in advance!

    6. Andrew Michler on December 4, 2015

      Is there any media follow up on how this project failed and what happened to the funding? It's important considering and the fawning on blogs that happened during and after the fundraiser.

    7. Alexander Paulos on January 21, 2015

      Update on this project or has it been totally abandoned. If so what is the process for a refund.

    8. Amer Ajami on December 5, 2014

      Summer's out and fall's almost out. Any update on the $100,000 raised?

    9. Bruce Murray on June 23, 2014

      Are you holding the funds for the project in escrow? Maybe since it has changed in scope it would be best to refund the money that was pledged 18 months ago...

    10. Stephen Glassman Creator on June 23, 2014

      hi bruce, amer, and mark
      sorry i haven't responded - i personally have been in production on some other sculpture projects and have not been spending time on social media. Since SXSW, Urban Air had been engaged in extensive dealings with some powerful partners to expand the project to 10 billboards instead of the just one. There was a lot of prospective production / business and document development to be done, and i can't really go into the details here. I actually have found it frustrating as well and apologize for the silence it generated and any negative feelings that it may have given space for. We have been diligent about meeting all our agreements and premium commitments to our backers, and hopefully will have some exciting news before the summer's out. Thanks for the inquiries - I clearly have to start more regular updates again

    11. Amer Ajami on April 29, 2014

      Is there a billboard update, or... ?

    12. Bruce Murray on April 22, 2014

      Status Update? When can we see the Urban Air Billboard?

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      Mark Rainville on April 9, 2014

      Sooooo, even after reviewing the FB page, where are the updates? I see the new image on the website, which is neat. Although, I feel you have a responsibility to inform us, the backers to your progress. Please! Some Updates! it has been too long.

    14. Tyler Price on March 24, 2014

      Any actual progress to report on the construction of a billboard?

    15. Bruce Murray on January 24, 2014

      When can I see the Urban Air billboard?

    16. Brett Nieland on January 24, 2014

      When is the build actually going to happen?

    17. Stephen Glassman Creator on September 28, 2013

      hi doug
      Sorry - I haven't received any of your emails. Urban Air is far from dead - we'll be seeing you once again @ SXSW in a couple weeks. There is huge growth going on - i've been sending updates regularly and posting on fb.
      Sorry for the oversight on your usb. As you can see, they went out a while ago. Have you responded to the backers surveys we've sent out? please send me your info (i think i might have it from bsa) and we'll send it right out ... or i can give it to you in Austin!

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      Douglas Bland on September 28, 2013

      Hi Stephen, could we get an update on the project? And I've emailed you directly a couple of times but haven't heard anything about getting our flash drive. Is this project dead in the water?

    19. Nhonami on September 12, 2013

      I got my flash drive yesterday :-) Thanks

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      Jordan Edelstein on August 26, 2013

      Hello. Any update on the t-shirts?

      Thanks - Jordan

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      Jennifer Harper on August 20, 2013

      Good afternoon,

      Would you mind terribly giving us an ETA on the flash drives?


      J. Harper

    22. Wyvern Aldinger on July 4, 2013

      Any word on when flash drive rewards will ship? Apologies if I missed this in some update, but shipping estimate was April and it's now July.

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      Evalotta Falkeborn Willner on April 27, 2013

      really too bad, I can not use the my VIP-tickets.... have a great evening everyone

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      Mark Rainville on March 26, 2013

      Check out this article about another interesting use for billboards:
      I am very excited about your project and look forward to receiving my billboard bag!
      Thanks! - Mark

    25. Bruce Murray on February 15, 2013

      How about an update?

    26. Stephen Glassman Creator on December 18, 2012

      looking forward to posting a regular newsletter to keep every informed.
      thank you all for your help - we have all created this new community. the possibilities are endless!

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      Beverly Archer on December 14, 2012

      This is great. I hope you plan to send updates to the 1565 of us who joined in. I did not ask for a bag or a T-shirt for my pledge but I certainly hope to kept up to speed. Best of luck. Can't wait to see it.

    28. Andrew Bene on December 13, 2012

      Hope this works out. It'll be cool to see billboards that aren't just ads for some crappy product.

    29. Stephen Glassman Creator on December 13, 2012

      thanks - i'll let them know. i've been invited to do a piece in denver a few times, but have yet to connect.
      maybe at the airport?

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      William on December 13, 2012

      Congratulations!! looking forward to seeing this In Denver very soon.

    31. David Kebo on December 13, 2012

      That was amazing. What an incredible finish to watch. Congratulations! Can't wait to see this happen in my hometown.

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      Lewis George on December 12, 2012

      This is great news. This is a great project and hopefully one of many. It was close but makes the success even more rewarding.

    33. Stephen Glassman Creator on December 12, 2012

      really appreciate how much you all wanted to see this Random Act of Beauty happen. means a lot to me, and says alot to the world about the human value of art. So many of you have connected to the piece and found personal meaning in it. So much passion unleashed into the world. That's a success on it's own. I've learned a lot and grown as an artist because of it. Now it's time to build!

    34. Michael Gulick on December 12, 2012

      Congratulations! I am so happy to see this one make it! I would so adore seeing some of those bamboo billboards up here in Boston... though the cold winters might make that rather difficult.

    35. Peter James Christensen
      on December 12, 2012

      I am really glad that we made it! This is one that I really wanted to see and I hope catches on in other citys!

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      Lindsay on December 12, 2012

      You made it! Amazing - way to mobilize and make this happen : )

    37. Ben Snyder on December 12, 2012

      Yay! So exciting!

    38. Casey Paleos on December 12, 2012

      woohoo!! pop the champagne corks!!!

    39. Stephen Glassman Creator on December 11, 2012

      THANK YOU ALL!!!!!

    40. Jonathan Richter on December 11, 2012

      Exciting win, Stephen. Congrats!!!

    41. Stephen Glassman Creator on December 11, 2012

      its so wonderful seeing faces. thanks everybody

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      Beverly Archer on December 11, 2012

      Give it up,man. You won! Time to celebrate.

    43. Kimberly Bruton on December 11, 2012

      This project makes me happy : )

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      Mark Rainville on December 11, 2012

      WOAH! BAM over $400 in a couple of minutes! Awesome! Party time!

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      Pam Luk on December 11, 2012

      Because art matters. Because trees matter. Congratulations and Merry Christmas!

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