I love old signs, particularly vintage neon from the 1940s – 1970s. The more rusty, decrepit, and forlorn they are, the more I love them. All my life I’ve been attracted to them like a bug to a streetlight.
Along with the ubiquitous "gas, food and lodging" establishments (and their eye-catching signage) Route 66 offers a plethora of oddities and attractions such as a blue whale made of concrete, a giant green astronaut, and the Devil's Rope Museum - "The Largest Barbed Wire Historic Museum in the World!"
Cadillac Ranch, the world's largest ball of string....these are a few of my favorite things.
Route 66 was bypassed by the Interstate Highway System and officially decommissioned in 1985, which is why you no longer find it noted on most maps. With fewer travelers to support them, many of the restaurants, motels and attractions along the route closed and have fallen into disrepair. My goal is to document the things that still exist and the remnants of those that have been lost before they are gone forever.
In December, 2011, I will travel the full length of Route 66 from Chicago to Los Angeles, taking photographs of the sights and landmarks along the way. The photos will serve as reference material to create 66 original oil paintings.
Creating the paintings will take about a year. When they're completed they'll make their debut in an exhibit in Greenville, SC, then take a little road trip of their own to various venues along the route.
To make Project 66 happen, I need your help. I'm raising money to cover travel costs, canvas, paint, supplies, and exhibition expenses.
Your generosity will not go unrewarded, because I've created unique items that will only be available to Kickstarter supporters.
The column on the right lists the rewards you will receive at the various contribution levels. Please note - you can pledge any amount from $1 to infinity. (And if you are financially able to pledge infinity dollars, please call me. I've got a bridge in Brooklyn I want to tell you about).
If you can't afford to give financially, maybe you know someone who can. Put your mouth where your money isn't (or something like that....wow, that sounds wrong.)
What I'm trying to say is, "TALK IT UP!"
Please help me to spread the word by posting a link to Project 66 on Facebook or by emailing a link to coworkers, friends, family, your doctor, your mail carrier, that weird guy who hangs out at the coffee shop - in short, everyone you know. Be sure to ask them to pass it along as well. This is one of those proverbial "the more the merrier" situations.
Gifts of cash and gifts of gab are equally valuable and equally appreciated!
Thank you for considering my project - I am sincerely grateful for your support.
*Approximate - results may vary
T-shirt design - two color screen print on a medium-blue 100% cotton tee
"Map Doodle" example - each one will be completely unique
- (66 days)