About this project
WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?
RAIR (Recycled Artist in Residency) is a young yet accomplished project located within a construction waste recycling center in Philadelphia. We are building new connections between art, sustainability and industry by giving artists a vehicle to create awareness about the waste stream.
Our Kickstarter proposal is to build on the momentum we've created during our early stages to let our organization reach its full potential. With a successful campaign, we will have what we need to open the residency program to applications from artists in the Spring 2013.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Contribute to our campaign, of course! We need those $$$!!! Seriously though, even if that's not in the cards for you right now - you can help us by spreading the word about this campaign, staying in touch with our social media things (facebook, twitter, instagram, etc.), signing up for our mailing list, and come meet us at one of our events. Please please please, do any or all of the above. THANK YOU!
$20 - TOUR THE STUDIO
We can't stress enough how amazing and unique our location is. We only know of one other art/industry partnership like this, and they're on the west coast. So, if you've never been to a recycling center, if you've always wondered what happens to trash once it leaves in a dumpster, and if you want to see where our magic happens - choose this reward and join us on a tour!
$30 - HOLIDAY CARD SET
Rudolph is near and dear to our hearts - our first official RAIR project! These cards make people smile all year long. The blank notecards are A2 size (5.5"x4.25") and come with craft paper envelopes. Sets include two dozen cards, six each of four different images.
$40 - CINDER BLOCK PENDANT
These blocks are made out of reclaimed wood and will perfectly compliment your jewelry and/or industrial object collection. Each 1.25"x0.75"x0.5" block comes with a 30" gold or silver finish ball chain.
$50 - SANBORN MAPS
We get excited about lots of things we find in the trash, but these Sanborn Maps were extra special. Sanborn Maps are insurance maps that show a very detailed and layered history of cities. The pastings represent periodic updates of the maps. Each 18"x26" page is of a different section of the city and tells a story of how the neighborhood changed over time.
$60 - TAXONOMY OF TRASH POSTER
Receive a 20"x20" poster of the Taxonomy of Trash! The Taxonomy of Trash was a collaborative effort led by artist Tim Eads where the team sourced, analyzed and categorized objects from RAIR's waste stream. The poster is a pigment print on Epson enhanced matte. We'll also promise to send you an email about Tim Eads's upcoming exhibit at the Delaware Center for Contemporary Art next Spring.
$150 - PERSONAL SOURCING OPPORTUNITY
This could be you! We have piles and piles of wood, cardboard, plastics, steel, other construction/demolition/industrial/manufacturing waste, miscellaneous objects and more. See it, want it, take it - with our help of course.
$500 - HEAVY EQUIPMENT SCULPTURE
Each sculpture is one of a kind and hand made by RAIR artists Billy Blaise Dufala and Lucia Thome. The piece is made entirely from steel scraps pulled from the waste stream. The sculptures vary is size, but the fork lift is approximately 6"x6"x3" and the excavator is roughly 4"x4"x2" - mini yet adorable through every ounce!
$1000 - PROJECT RE-ENTRY
Artist Lucia Thome's house was made from recycled materials and displayed in a gallery at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts before going back into the waste stream. Our access to heavy equipment makes destroying art gut-wrenchingly entertaining. This is an example of what you would see as part of this reward.
$1500 - ART FOR DINNER
This takes food as an art form to a whole new level. Food sculptor Billy Blaise Dufala makes an elaborate spread that showcases his "Chicken with Breast Implants" in their most literal, edible form. He has done this before, but only for two lucky dinner parties. Don't miss out this opportunity!
Risks and challenges
Our dedicated team has built RAIR over the last few years without a budget or any paid staff. This continues to be our biggest challenge. This Kickstarter campaign is the catalyst of a big fundraising push for us where our ultimate goal is to hire at least one full-time paid staff person - two would be a dream come true! Then, we can start getting real real. We can bolster our programming and give so many more people access to this unique perspective of the waste stream. Our founders and volunteers are so devoted to giving RAIR a proper place in this world, it's not even funny.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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