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For the past year we have been exploring and mapping Americas largest subterranean river system beneath the streets of Hartford CT.

The Hog River Revival began over a year ago when artists Joe McCarthy and Peter Albano began the process of exploring and mapping Hartford's subterranean river system.  There are 9 miles of enormous 30'x30' conduits which bring the north and south branches of the Park "Hog" River out to the Connecticut river.  Along with these conduits there are miles of smaller tunnels the branch off from the river, running under Hartford like a spider web.  The idea of creating "maps" based solely on our trips down the river was a way to approach a sprawling and enormous subject matter.  

The voyages down the river gave way to the creation of mixed media work, dealing with the original Army Corps of Engineers blue prints The sketch book series was created to provide us an outlet to process the history, construction and function of the river system in a conceptual manner.

These mixed media works were exhibited at the Buttonwood Tree gallery in Middletown, as well as the Promenade Gallery within Hartford's Bushnell Theater.

The Hog River Revival was chosen as the final show by the Hartford Arts Council for the ArtWalk at the Hartford public library.  We are honored that this once little project has grown so big, so fast. 

We are here on Kickstarter to try and fund our hanging/framing costs for this show.  Framing giant photographs is expensive.  

Many people since the start of the project have asked to accompany us as we travel the river.  It was not something we were able to consider until Rick Green from the Hartford Courant wrote about our project.  He sent photographer Mark Mirko down with us, Mark's response was overwhelmingly positive, he said that it was "hands down one of the best assigments he had ever been on."  And for us it was fun to share our wonder and adventure with others.  So....

All of our backers at the $200 reward level will get to acompany us down the river.

we can tell you from experience that it will be high on the list of your best  stories.  Take a look at our other rewards and check out more photos on our web sites.  Thank you for helping us bring light to this underground river.

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    For $25 along with our thanks you will get a 4x6 photograph of the underground river. Each photograph will be worked into with pen and ink.

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    For a fifty dollar pledge, along with our gratitude you will receive a Thank You letter and show card from one of the first two shows signed by the artists. Also, you will receive a packet of 4x6 photographs detailing the underground river.

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    4 backers Limited (21 left of 25)

    For a pledge of $100, grab yourself a signed, limited edition photograph of the Hog River. These will be photographs taken underground. They will be 16x20 prints. We are taking this image specifically for our backers on Kickstarter, only 25 will be printed. Get the underground river up on your wall!

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    For our art collectors out there! you will receive 3 matted framed prints of the hog river. These 8x10 (matted to 11x14) photos will show nicely together, enjoy photographs of one of Hartford's most interesting architectural feats!

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    TRAVEL DOWN THE HOG RIVER! For a pledge of $200 join us on one of our last few trips down the river as we gather the final pieces for our December retrospective. Paddle along with us underneath Hartford in its massive underground conduit, a place few people will ever see. We can accommodate up to 6 people per trip in our vessels and plan to make several trips this summer. *backers should be able to get to Hartford , Ct this summer

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    Travel down the river with us AND receive three matted framed photographs of the river! Experience the whole Hog River Revival project by getting both the $200 reward and the $150 reward for just a $300 donation!

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    For a pledge of $350, own a piece of the Hog River Revival. Backers at the $350 level will receive a part of the "Sketchbook Series". These are mixed media works on 2' ft square boards based on the blue prints of the river and Hartford itself. Paint, plaster, and cement are just a few mediums used in this series.

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    Travel down the river with us AND receive a piece of work(2'x2') from the sketchbook series! Experience the whole Hog River Revival project by getting both the $200 reward and the $350 reward for just a $500 donation! Backers looking to receive artwork will get to select the work based on a first backed basis. *Add $600 and make it 3 works from the sketchbook series (they hang great as triptychs)

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    For a pledge of $500 get to know the tunnel system even better and join us on a trip into the smaller conduits, spend a few hours walking around under Hartford as we look at the capillary tunnels that spiderweb out from the river. The boats cant go here, this will be a walking trip. Along the way, we will be taking photographs, video and audio recordings. Join us as we explore our city from the underground up. This sort of trip is longer and far removed from the wide open space that is the river. *backers should be able to get to Hartford , Ct this summer

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    3 original works of art from the sketchbook series, These are mixed media work on 2' ft square boards based on the blue prints of the river and Hartford itself. The sketchbook series is work made in Hartford about Hartford.

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    Mr./Mrs. Hartford. Your likeness will be the subject of a portrait. These portraits will be displayed at the December show at the ArtWalk. They will be approximately 4'x2' and will be mixed media work rendered using source material from the city of Hartford(photographs blue prints etc) in your likeness (or a loved ones likeness, artistic renderings make a fine Christmas gift). The work will be yours to take home after it is displayed at the ArtWalk

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