In early August 2013, a seemingly haphazard project by Henry Goldkamp went forward into the public eye. Its hopes were to document the thoughts of Saint Louis residents for one month. Fifteen stations equipped with a wooden box, typewriter, paper, and a drop slot were setup in high-traffic areas. The only direction given was from some small signage on the front saying “Type your thoughts here”.
After a surge of demand and media attention (namely NPR's story and Time's coverage), the number of stations grew to 40. Time changed to "indefinitely". The neighborhoods grew more diverse. The idea was always in mind to publish a sort-of "best of" findings of the very question the project's title itself poses: What the Hell is Saint Louis Thinking?
After not having had the best of luck with certain local publishers, we have turned to kickstarter in the hopes of sharing the answers. Working alongside the talented design work of Kirsten O'Loughlin, Goldkamp has strived to compile you a work of art like no other. We have narrowed it down to the "best" quotes and submissions, displayed by O'Loughlins typeset abilities. The beautifully stated deserves only the finest design.
Saint Louis wrote the book. Why not have Saint Louis publish it? This final aspect of the project is just waiting to leap into your eyeballs and party in your brain. Prove that you are ready and make this happen!
Thank you for taking the time to read this. We can't wait to share the results of this cringe-worthy, gut-wrenching, heart-melting, & mind blowing place from the city otherwise known as Saint Louis.
**Special thanks to STLCurator.com for that amazing video!
Risks and challenges
WTH started with a small idea, was funded out of pocket, and abruptly became a huge success. It would kill me to think that I don't have the opportunity to share these findings, this art, with the rest of the city.
I've said many times that this project is about defining a city in a new way-- through the thoughts of the inhabitants themselves. What I was left with was the excitement of the mystery that remained. To be honest, I realize now that nothing was defined. The submissions in this project do something better: they resurrect the mystery of this city. The person passing you on the street, the neighbor turning off his light next door, the dude rolling the stop sign and mean mugging you. It's all in there. And it's there to make you wonder.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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