Breathing Room is a street art intervention on London’s iconic red telephone boxes.
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.
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.
- 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
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
$25 -- Signed hand finished limited editions 8 1/2 x 11 phone booth print
$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
$250 -- 20" Phone Booth Painting (multiple versions available)
$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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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