TAKE A STAND, MAKE A STATEMENT: CREATE ART THAT SPEAKS TRUTH
Please donate toward the construction and placement of an 8 ft. tall by 8 ft. wide inspirational work of art. Sculpted in steel, it will oppose and call attention to the needless swath of destruction and downstream consequences of fracked gas pipelines.
The Defenders will be a protest sculpture to honor all those engaged in the fight against proposed pipeline projects that threaten people and planet. While it will represent anti-pipeline resistance around the world, The Defenders speaks most strongly against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline (ACP) and the Mountain Valley Pipeline (MVP) facing our region. Once created, it will initially be installed closest to home in public venues along the ACP's proposed route.
We have many ways to speak when our precious world is imperiled. We speak to stop the destruction and to alert other people to join us in protecting all that is sacred.
Sculptors Mark Schwenk and Cheryl Langlais are ready to make that strong statement with a large metal installation that will embody the destruction of fossil fuel extraction and the strength of the people to prevent this from happening.
With the help of a volunteer organization, the Climate Action Alliance of the Valley (CAAV), we are raising funds to pay for the material and labor to construct this sculpture. CAAV is a ten year old grassroots group, based in Harrisonburg, VA in the Shenandoah Valley, that has been working to educate and advocate for climate change action.
Mark and Cheryl will make no profit and have already donated hours of time. Their hearts are with us.
Landowners on the ACP's proposed path, in Bath, Augusta and Nelson counties, are donating land, time and labor to site this sculpture in places of honor. Activists in Buckingham county are working to confirm a site there, and we hope to secure sites with landowners along the MVP's path as well. Their hearts are with us, too.
CAAV is donating organizational skills, time and money. Their hearts have been there forever.
We are asking you to add your voice to this project. We need $4,000 to buy the 1/8” steel and pay an assistant. Additional money raised will help cover insurance, transportation and publicity costs. Once Mark and Cheryl have the money to start, it will take 3-4 weeks to complete and be ready to be delivered to its first site.
We will amplify this statement of outrage and resistance with as much exposure and attention as is possible. We hope this speaks to you and moves you to contribute to its creation. We also welcome suggestions of additional sites for the sculpture. The sculpture is designed to be disassembled in order to be moved. This allows it to serve as a mobile focus for media, photos and events at different locations.
The Defenders protest sculpture will include the following features to depict the fight against dangerous and destructive fossil fuel infrastructure:
- A snaking pipeline with gas spewing out of its mouth
- A line of Defenders - people on the front-lines of this fight, putting their lives and bodies on the line, with hands up in defense against the encroaching pipeline
- A stream representing the many water sources threatened by pipeline projects
- A line of forested mountains depicting these integral features of the Shenandoah Valley and Appalachia, where many pipeline routes aim to cross
- A massive tree takes center stage, and atop it, a Great Gray Owl with a watchful eye on this scene unfolding.
We have adopted the Great Gray Owl as an emblem of our effort to defend our endangered air, water, forests, mountains and the homes of all living creatures. One of the world's largest owl species, the Great Gray Owl is also at risk as its habitat is destroyed. He warns us from above that we destroy Mother Earth at our own peril.
Carrying the Great Gray Owl through this special role, we have designed an array of rewards inspired by its haunting image for our donors who contribute $25 or more.
Special thanks to Karen Ryder Lee, who has not only been an incredibly energetic member of The Defenders team... she is also the talented artist who painted the Great Gray Owl on which our greeting cards and prints are based. (Mark Schwenk is the artist behind our owl sculptures).
Great Gray Owl Greeting Cards: (3-pack, 6-pack or 12-pack)
Great Gray Owl Prints: (8x10")- shrink-wrapped & protected with foam core backing
Great Gray Owl Sculpture: 13.5" or 17.5" - Steel with Rust Finish
Thank you so much for considering and hopefully donating! We appreciate your essential support in making this silent, strong testimony a reality.
- The Defenders dedicated team
Risks and challenges
We recognize that these proposed pipeline projects are controversial issues and The Defenders may engender a negative response people who support their construction.
We are wholly committed to non-violent resistance, and we hope that our protest sculpture does not suffer damage. However, we plan to document The Defenders' sacrifice far and wide if it were to come into harm's way.
We will also insure the sculpture owner against any potential law suits for personal injuries relative to the sculpture.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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