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Projects of Earth 'Reflect' - an amazing 100 person mirrored art event on the USA/Mexico border promoting peace, tolerance and unity.
Projects of Earth 'Reflect' - an amazing 100 person mirrored art event on the USA/Mexico border promoting peace, tolerance and unity.
46 backers pledged £5,119 to help bring this project to life.

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Reflect - promoting peace and unity on the USA / Mexico border
Reflect - promoting peace and unity on the USA / Mexico border

Hello, we are UK based artists Duncan McKellar and David Martin and with your help, we will stage an incredible art event towards the end of 2017 that will promote peace, tolerance and unity at one of the most contentious dividing lines of them all. The USA Mexico border.

Reflect - a ray of hope.

We aim to create a simple yet ground breaking film and series of photographs recording 100 people standing in a perfectly straight line, crossing the USA/Mexican border. 

Reflect - promoting peace and unity on the USA / Mexico border
Reflect - promoting peace and unity on the USA / Mexico border

50 Mexicans on one side, 50 Americans on the other, each spaced 10 metres apart. Each mask will cover only the top half of each person’s face. In the strong desert sun these masks will reflect a dazzling sun flash back to a series of video cameras (static and drones). 

These flashes will join together to become a single brilliant light burning across the border. A ray of hope.

Everything from beginning to end will be recorded to create the most beautiful film and series of photographs, that will demonstrate to the whole world that when we work together we can do amazing things. It will look remarkable.

Each person in the line will have their own thoughts about the border now and their fears for the future. We want our film to give those most affected a voice and the opportunity to tell the world.

The project will welcome people local to the area (currently shortlisted as the Sierra Vista region of Arizona, USA / Sonora, Mexico) from all walks of life, regardless of their age, gender, race, sexuality or physical ability. The lower half of their faces will be exposed to reveal this diversity. 100 identical masks worn by 100 very different people, all standing together as one.

As Reflect is about people working together to create something amazing, we thought it would be most appropriate to use crowd funding, so here we are!

Your investment will enable us to further test, plan, promote and implement our artwork down to the very last detail. This is your chance to be part of something spectacular. We have tested the idea in a country not known for it's sunshine (UK) and it really works - imagine how it will look in the desert? We have made all of the masks and we are now ready to take the project to the next level and make it happen.

We have some great rewards on offer to investors, unique or limited edition, big or small from hand printed mirror badges, original painted canvasses, even your chance to send a handwritten postcard to Mr President himself. 

Reflect original canvas painting by Duncan McKellar
Reflect original canvas painting by Duncan McKellar

  

Original hand painted Reflect canvas, print and badges
Original hand painted Reflect canvas, print and badges

Your investment, big or small can make you part of this truly amazing project. Thank you.

Risks and challenges

We have built and tested the masks, and they work brilliantly.

Our biggest obstacle currently is deciding which out of our current shortlist of potential locations (three so far) will best deliver the required natural beauty for the film/event setting and access to within five metres either side of the border fence/wall for our overall 10 metre participant spacing.

To address this we have already reached out to local border communities through skype and facebook (through mainly 'Indivisible' groups - See https://www.indivisibleguide.com/act-locally/ ) in our desired current locations and have, so far, had exceptionally warm and willing feedback, as well as kind offers of help. We are however still open to suggestions from any border communities who would like us to highlight their region and the issues they face as a result of the border. So, if you know the ideal spot for us to do this, it's not too late to offer your suggestions.

Local support will further help us identify line participants, working with local border authorities regarding permits and general logistical support and advice. In terms of dealing directly with Mexican authorities in Spanish we also have a Mexican national as part of our project team.

We clearly want the Kickstarter campaign to enable us to promote the project not only in terms of funding but also exposure to logistical support. We also plan to contact local TV, radio and press outlets as the planning phase develops, asking for those willing to help us to get in touch.

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    Pledge £5 or more About $6

    Get a credit on the Reflect film

    You will appear as a credit on the final Reflect film as an official (and much valued) contributor!

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    Pledge £10 or more About $13

    Reflect postcard and sticker set

    Very limited edition Reflect postcard and set of five stickers (50mm). This pledge also includes a film credit.

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    Pledge £15 or more About $19

    Set of three Reflect badges and postcard

    Set of three very limited edition Reflect badges (35mm) including one hand painted mirrored version, plus two full colour printed badges plus a very limited edition Reflect postcard. This pledge also includes a film credit.

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    Limited edition 'Reflect' postcard set

    Five very limited edition full colour 'Reflect' postcard designs by Duncan McKellar and David Martin. A6 size (105mm x148mm). This pledge also includes a film credit.

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    Pledge £20 or more About $26

    Reflect marker and three mirror badges

    Know how to draw two dots and a line? Create your own Reflect symbol on any mirrored surface with a limited edition Reflect branded permanent black marker. Comes with three hand painted Reflect mirror badges ready to dazzle. This pledge also includes a film credit.

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    Pledge £25 or more About $32

    Handwritten postcard and mirror badge

    Handwritten postcard from one of the Reflect participants that stood in the actual line with accompanying photograph of them. Comes with a hand painted mirror badge.

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    Send a postcard to the President

    We'll send a Reflect postcard to Donald Trump on your behalf, expressing how important it is to be a good person. You can choose from one of five designs and naturally what you write - it can be anything - and we'll send you a photograph of it complete with your message, and it being actually posted as proof. We will send all postcards on the same day for maximum effect in the White House mail room!
    Please note: Despite the postcard obviously only being sent to Washington, this reward is offered to backers internationally.
    This pledge also includes a film credit.

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    Pledge £50 or more About $65

    Silkscreen 'Reflect' print

    Limited edition (50) signed, embossed silkscreen print of black Reflect icon on white background A3 size (420mm x 297mm) by Duncan McKellar.

    Please note: If you would like your print to be mounted in a black frame, please pledge a minimum of £75.

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    Pledge £100 or more About $130

    'Reflect' Painting on canvas

    Original painting of Reflect icon with your message of hope and unity painted on the outside edge, black paint on white, 500mm x 500mm signed and dated by Duncan McKellar.

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    Framed original Reflect mask

    Very rare chance to receive one of the actual Reflect mirrored masks the participants use during the actual installation. Mounted on embossed paper, numbered, dated and signed along with a message from the person who wore the mask during the actual event. Supplied in black frame.

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