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Breathing Room is a series of topically provocative paintings to be installed on London’s iconic red telephone boxes.
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Breathing Room is a street art intervention on London’s iconic red telephone boxes.

mock up of a Breathing Room installation on London streets
mock up of a Breathing Room installation on London streets

Over the course of a week this summer, I will travel to London and install a series of topically provocative paintings on the city’s red telephone boxes. The pieces will be totally integrated into the public commons and the majority of passersby (and authorities) won’t notice them. At first.

Originally--as an extension of my past activism with Amnesty International--the imagery in the phone boxes was planned to further broadcast the plight of tortured and wrongly detained political prisoners across the world. But the recent terror attacks in Europe have had a profound effect on me. All of a sudden the dark and didactic subject matter that characterized my past installations seemed inappropriate. Some breathing room seemed called for.

Each phone box will be inhabited by (an illusionistic painting of) a person or persons of diverse backgrounds and faiths–a young Buddhist boy, a hijab-clad young woman, a Hindu yogi, and more—all very still, all in the midst of spiritual practice, and all projecting a quiet sense of inner peace and equanimity. The paintings will be affixed with easily removable clear silicone, causing no damage to the phone box. The piece from the prisoner series I did in Soho survived for at least 2 years.

headscarf woman
headscarf woman

BUDGET

As a street artist working since the 1970’s, I’m used to doing things on my own and without any outside interference or responsibility. But this project is too big and complex and I just can’t swing it alone. The installation pieces are larger and the production process is more complicated than anything I’ve ever done before. And the high cost of shipping and travel would make the project impossible without your help.

I’m asking $12,000 to cover the cost of materials, travel, and shipping. My labor, of course, is free.

Cost Breakdown

  • Digital Printing on Sintra (a special type of PVC): $4000
    Qr code stickers to link to further information on the project: $100
    Studio Assistant labor: $800
    Miscellaneous Supplies: $250
    Overseas Shipping: $400
    Airfare: $2000
    Lodging for one week: $1000
    Scooter rental to move quickly between installation locations: $500
    Per diem expenses: $400
    Reward fulfillment and Kickstarter fees: $2500
    Total: $ 12,000

REWARDS

$25 -- Signed hand finished limited editions 8 1/2 x 11 phone booth print

boy monk
boy monk

$50 -- Above reward plus a signed copy of  In Plain View

$100 -- Above reward plus a signed photo print of an installed Breathing Room piece

$125.00 Special Edition In Plain View
$125.00 Special Edition In Plain View

 

 

  $250 -- 20" Phone Booth Painting (multiple versions available)

yoga girl
yoga girl

 

yogi reading
yogi reading

 

snorkel girl
snorkel girl

 

$2500 -- Full Sized (6') Phone Booth painting. choose any character.

$10,000 -- Full Sized (6') Phone Booth painting with YOU in the phone booth

Risks and challenges

All unsanctioned street art involves risk. I think that’s why it’s so effective. Vandalism, theft by street art collectors…these missions are high risk but also, high reward. All I can say is that I’ve done many projects like this with positive results. That said, I could be stopped the first day. Please trust that I’ll be taking every possible precaution to avoid any trouble. No specific locations will be published publicly.

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