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Muncie, IN Art
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America's Litter is a nationwide art project involving people from all fifty states collaborating to create a body of work.

Muncie, IN Art
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 America's Litter: a nation wide art project

I like picking up litter. It started a few years ago when I would walk my dog Emma through my neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. I would pick up the litter and put it in the dumpster and that was that. I started noticing how different neighborhoods had different litter. For example the neighborhood next to a heavily used parking lot had lots of event promotion flyers and a neighborhood with lots of bars had lots of bottles and cans and so on. 

Then I started making my "litter pieces" First I started making studies of litter. Collecting litter and arranging it interesting compositions. Like this one

"Litter Study"
"Litter Study"

which has been included in the 5th Beijing International Art Biennale at the National Art Museum of China. 

From there I began setting up guidelines to make each piece. For example I would only pick up blue litter

"Blue Line"
"Blue Line"

or collecting all the litter in one square block.

"One Block of Litter: Muncie, IN"
"One Block of Litter: Muncie, IN"

or collecting all of the event promotion flyers from one parking lot. 

"You Should Have Been There"
"You Should Have Been There"

The Project 

America's Litter will take participation from 50 people in 50 different states. I am going to find people through the magic of the internet, as well as hopefully have some people that have seen the project here on Kick Starter, collect one box of litter in a US Postal Service's small flat rate box and mail it to me at the rate of $5.35. Each person will be rewarded with a postcard as well as credit for the piece they helped make. I am interested to see the dynamic of the 50 boxes of litter each representing their home state. 

The first person to contact me from each state will be the person I collaborate with. I want it to be unbiased. I will also be giving each person the same set of guidelines to collect the litter. Leave your house and walk straight until you are on public property for example a side walk, a road, a park, etc etc. Turn right and begin collecting litter in your USPS flat rate box until completely full.

Examples of some of the rewards!

The $25 Reward. 2.5'' X 2.5'' X 2''
The $25 Reward. 2.5'' X 2.5'' X 2''
The $50. 4'' X 4'' X 2''
The $50. 4'' X 4'' X 2''
Example of what the $800 could look like, This piece is 46'' X 36'' X 6''
Example of what the $800 could look like, This piece is 46'' X 36'' X 6''

The piece that is 4 pictures up; You Should Have Been There is roughly 16'' X 16'' X 4'' the size of the $150 Reward. 

Free shipping on all rewards to the continuous 48 States. Please contact me if you live elsewhere and are interested in donating. 

If you have any questions about the project or the pieces please let me know. Thanks for taking the time to check out America's Litter! 

If you are interested in donating litter for your state please email me at noah@noahschenk.com , once a state has been claimed I will put it up on here and on my website. 

States that have been claimed!

1. Pennsylvania 

2. Kentucky 

3. Ohio 

4. Indiana 

5. Oregon

6. Alabama 

7. Florida 

8. Maryland

9. Michigan 

10. Nebraska 

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    A thank you email and your name included in the book!

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    A postcard delivered to your doorstep, with a gracious THANK YOU from me. Plus your name included in the book!

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    A handmade woodblock print postcard, Signed and Numbered. Plus your name included in the book!

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    About $25 USD

    3 backers Limited (17 left of 20)

    Extra Small litter piece with the rough dimensions 2.5''x2.5''x2''. This piece will be Signed by me. All the litter for these pieces will be collected in Beautiful Muncie, Indiana. Plus your name included in the book!

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    2 backers Limited (13 left of 15)

    Small Litter Piece with the rough dimensions 4''x4''x2'' This piece will be Signed by me. All the litter for these pieces will be collected in Beautiful Muncie, Indiana. Plus a signed and numbered wood block print postcard and your name included in the book.

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    About $100 USD

    2 backers Limited (8 left of 10)

    Medium Litter Piece with the rough dimensions 10''x10''x4'' This piece will be Signed by me. All the litter for these pieces will be collected in Beautiful Muncie, Indiana. Plus a signed and numbered wood block print postcard and your name included in the book.

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    About $100 USD

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    Once the America's Litter project has been completed there will be a book made that shows every piece. This will take a little while to get to you but it will be worth the wait. The book will be signed. Plus a signed and numbered wood block print postcard and your name included in the book.

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    About $150 USD

    0 backers Limited (8 left of 8)

    Large Litter Piece with the rough dimensions 16''x16''x4'' This piece will be Signed by me. All the litter for these pieces will be collected in Beautiful Muncie, Indiana. Plus a signed and numbered wood block print postcard and your name included in the book.

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    COMBO DEAL!!!!! Part 1. BOOK, Once America's Litter project has been completed there will be a book made that shows every piece. This will take a little while to get to you but it will be worth the wait. The book will be signed. Part 2. ART: Large Litter Piece with the rough dimensions 16''x16''x4'' This piece will be Signed by me. All the litter for this piece will be collected in Beautiful Muncie, Indiana.
    The piece will be delivered by December 2012 and the Book by June 2013. Plus a signed and numbered wood block print postcard and your name included in the book.

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    About $400 USD

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    Extra Large Litter Piece with the rough dimensions 32''x32''x6'' This piece will be Signed by me. All the litter for these pieces will be collected in Beautiful Muncie, Indiana. Plus you get the Book. The piece will be delivered by December 2012 and the book by June 2013 Double Plus a signed and numbered wood block print postcard and your name included in the book.

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    About $800 USD

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    XX-Large Litter Piece. You pick the Length and Height of up to 48'' in both directions and BAM, You will have an amazing piece of art. This piece will be Signed by me. All the litter for this piece will be collected in Beautiful Muncie, Indiana. Plus you get a Book The piece will be delivered by December 2012 and the book by June 2013 and Double PLUS a signed and numbered wood block print postcard and your name included in the book.

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Funding period

- (30 days)