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Samuel Nigro
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Samuel Nigro

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About this project

I HAVE BEEN ACCEPTED INTO TWO ARTIST RESIDENCIES IN INDIA
(yeah, that India)

I WANT TO WORK WITH 50-PLUS TONS OF GRANITE
(that's right, i just wrote in bold to signal poundage)

CONSIDER SUPPORTING THE ARTS
(pledges needed to alleviate travel/living/residency/art-making expenses)

LOADS OF INFORMATION BELOW AND IN VIDEO
(and I already have a 10-year visa to travel in India, 

so you know I’m doubly serious about this….)

THANKS,
Samuel Nigro

(stonebreaker, guggenheim fellow, likes cats)

www.samuelnigro.com
www.ihu-ihi.com
Horizon Lines Facebook Fan Page

A BIT MORE FOR THE CURIOUS …

TOP 7 REASONS TO DONATE TO HORIZON LINES

HOW DID THIS ART-PRACTICE BEGIN???

HOW FAR CAN THIS IDEA OF A BREAKING STONE TAKE ME ...

THE BUDGET

THE ORIGIN OF HORIZON LINES

AND THE REWARDS …

•THE BASICS

FOR EVERY LEVEL, you receive my heart-felt GRATITUDE, and you will receive credit on my blog as a donor, if you wish. Every bit helps and participants will be entered into my database and receive updates about the project. Thank you for helping make Horizon Lines possible.

At $25 and HIGHER, you receive, at least, a personalized DIGITAL-HORIZON-LINE-MULTI-COLORED e-Thank You card!

At $40 and higher, you will also receive a special PDF file documenting my progress during this project that will be emailed after my return … and something else in the mail!

All artwork will be delivered with a document, signed by both me and you the recipient, establishing the work's provenance.

•THE DRAWINGS

DRAWING PLEDGE LEVELS: When you choose one of these, you may be donating at a level that has only one drawing associated to it, so you know what you are getting, OR you will choose (after the campaign) from a group of drawings that are already posted on my website (so, have a look). In the 2nd case, it will be first-come-first-served. So – AND THIS IS IMPORTANT – the sooner you pledge, the higher in the queue you will be to choose your drawing! (Please note: I will often limit the number of backers for many of the levels. If you look at a grouping and like all of them, you can fill all the slots for that tier to insure you get the drawings you want.)

Stone Rubbings from Granite Wall Series - No.12, graphite and crayon on paper, 32 x 48", 2011
Stone Rubbings from Granite Wall Series - No.12, graphite and crayon on paper, 32 x 48", 2011

DRWG CONT: For simplicity, I have partitioned drawings as SML, MED, LRG and XL, which receive their designation based on size and the amount of time spent creating them. The drawings can be of my choice, your choice, from a specific project (which you can see during the campaign) OR from my time in India (which you’ll see at the end of my trip). Check out these general guidelines: SML – in the range of 3 x 5' to 8.5 x 11”; MED – 11 x 14" to 14 x 17"; LRG – 19 x 24"; XL – well, bigger than LRG, be surprised.

WHAT IS THE GRANITE WALL SERIES? – The Granite Wall Series is a group of drawings I created by using a 1.5 ton sculpture called Granite Wall. I use a basic technique of rubbing graphite on paper placed over the stones, transferring the impression of the stone to the paper, thus revisiting the breaks and creating new relationships between the pieces. See examples of these drawings at blog posts: Stones – Squares – Uncertainties; CONTEST – language acquisition; Seven Sisters; and The Two Smallest. You can find the relevant pledge-level galleries below.

Granite Wall (back), 1.5 tons of granite, 108 x 54 x 5", 2005
Granite Wall (back), 1.5 tons of granite, 108 x 54 x 5", 2005

THE DAILY DRAWING EXERCISE: Pledging at a daily drawing exercise level, you will get all the drawings (usually a full pad of paper of 125 sheets, sizes will vary) – great value and great fun in seeing the progression! You can find an example of this from my blog post, i stopped when the paper ran out. And an earlier exercise here.

•THE STONES

JUST A STONE’S THROW … FROM INDIA: There are donation levels where I’ll bring back a stone – broken, polished and put back together – just for you! I will post more of these rewards through out the campaign – but only a few, because it takes a lot of time to polish a piece of granite. I actually did a piece about polishing granite, called Polishing Granite (Ha!) ... so have a look.

Staying Calm Under Duress, detail, 2004
Staying Calm Under Duress, detail, 2004

•THE ANGELS

ANGELIC LEVELS: these levels are for those who want to donate and want nothing in return. You understand that this is a multi-faceted FINE ARTS project, meaning this is not a product-driven commercial venture, and supporting Horizon Lines means supporting that ineffable quality that furthers cultural value. (What will be made available to you, however, is a supra creative experience of some kind – TBA – that goes beyond the public experience of my work as a way to show my appreciation for your generosity; AND, I am going to send you everything that AS SOLID AS A ROCK gets ... because you deserve it and a whole lot more!). Be an Angel, because it's the best. Follow Horizon Lines!

Triads, Cycles and Opposites, video still, 2003
Triads, Cycles and Opposites, video still, 2003

Read on about the actual tiered levels …

[ $5 ] A ROLLING STONE GATHERS NO MOSS – but collects lots of knowledge and you’ll get a bunch of GRATITUDE for getting me rolling towards India and my funding goal!

[ $15 ] – STICKS AND STONES MAY… BE EXCELLENT MATERIALS FOR SCULPTURE, AND YOUR PLEDGES… WILL ALWAYS HELP ME – You’ll get my GRATITUDE and a DIGITAL THANK YOU CARD e-card! … because any pledge amount is helpful, so THANKS!

[ $25 ] – THE STEPPING STONE IS A HELPING STONE IS A KEYSTONE – and you are all three by committing to this level and higher! You receive: a personalized DIGITAL-HORIZON-LINE-MULTI-COLORED e-Thank You card! … For the "easter/passover special” you also receive a drawing from my time in India (SML). 

[ $40 ] – AS SOLID AS A ROCK – because that is what you are by committing to this level and higher! You also earn the stepping-stone/helping-stone/keystone moniker ... AND you receive a PDF file documenting the trip and the development of the work while in India. In addition, you receive a limited edition card of The Command List.

For the “easter/passover special” you also receive original artwork by me from my time in India: a signed and dated drawing (MED). 

front of the Command List card
front of the Command List card

ALL HIGHER TIERS WILL be AS SOLID AS A ROCK IN THEIR SUPPORT!

[ $55 ] – SML DRAWING  (3 x 5") from THE GRANITE WALL SERIES

[ $55 ] – SML DRAWING – from INDIA 

[ $58 ] – ANGEL (IRON edition) – because you are a patron of the arts! IRON is a very stable element and found in abundance on Earth and through out the Universe. It is a by-product of exploding stars that have been occurring for billions of years. This is one reason why there are all these Iron Asteroids flying around our galaxy! See above for further description about the ANGELIC levels, and remember that I will send you everything that AS SOLID AS A ROCK gets ... because you deserve it and a whole lot more! You are solid, stable and abundant. Be an Angel, because it's the best.

[ $75 ] – MED DRAWING – (11 x 14”) from THE GRANITE WALL SERIES

[ $75 ] – MED DRAWING – from INDIA

[ $147 ] – ANGEL (SILVER edition) – because you are a patron of the arts! SILVER is a soft, shiny metal that has been used for thousands of years as decoration and precious currency. See above for more about the ANGELIC levels. You are shiny, precious and highly conductive of both heat and electricity! Be an Angel, because it's the Best.

[ $150 ] – LRG DRAWING – from THE GRANITE WALL SERIES

[ $150 ] – LRG DRAWING – from INDIA

[ $199 ] – THE DAILY DRAWING EXERCISE, 9 x 11" – pad of 125 sheets. I draw until the pad is complete. This daily exercise is a way for me to stay engaged with both the kickstarter campaign and the actual project. This exercise will give me tons of raw material to build upon when I am in India. 

[ $199 ] – THE DAILY DRAWING EXERCISE, 11 x 14" – pad of 125 sheets. I draw until the pad is complete. This daily exercise is a way for me to stay engaged with both the kickstarter campaign and the actual project. This exercise will give me tons of raw material to build upon when I am in India.

[ ~$300 ] – JUST A STONE’S THROW … FROM INDIA – a stone from India: broken, polished and put back together – just for you! This reward will be offered in very limited numbers. For this early bird special, SML means about the size of a grapefruit (not necessarily round ... HA!). There will be others.

[ $379 ] – ANGEL (GOLD edition) – because you are a patron of the arts! See above. With an atomic number of 79 and commercial rarity, GOLD is a traditionally sought after precious metal and was once the world’s standard for monetary values. You ARE the standard and very special! Be an Angel, because it's the best.

[ $999 ] – XL DRAWING from THE GRANITE WALL SERIES Nos. 03, 04, 05  

[ $999 ] – XL DRAWING from INDIA

[ $1085 ] – ANGEL (ASTATINE edition) – see above … more to come on this one. You are hot – radioactive. You are rare. Be an Angel, because it's the best.

[ $2300 ] – ANGEL (DARK MATTER edition) – see above, and know that this level is a reference to the current thinking about the nature of the universe from the disciplines of Physics and Cosmology. We have good reason to believe DARK MATTER exists because it explains why galaxies stay together and their celestial bodies don’t fly off in all directions! Similarly, I believe this level will be filled, because this artistic vision is holding together! You do exist! Be an Angel, because it's the Best.

[ $7300 ] – ANGEL (DARK ENERGY edition) – If there is a level for DARK MATTER, then there just has to be one for DARK ENERGY. We have good reason to believe DARK ENERGY exists because it explains why the universe is expanding! Similarly, I believe this level will be filled, because this artistic vision is also expanding! You are ELUSIVE and POWERFUL! Be an Angel, because it's the best.

Risks and challenges

There are the standard risks and challenges for
TRAVELING – like, after a few weeks, starting to look like your passport photo, but not to worry, because I am resilient.

There are the standard risks and challenges for
A WESTERNER IN INDIA – but that’s what shots and bottled water are for!

and, finally,

There are the standard risks and challenges for
WORKING WITH GRANITE – and they are not back problems (lifting heavy weight is not an issue for me); rather, I have to watch out for THE GRANITE KISS, when two blocks of granite come together and your flesh gets “kissed” in between … “OUCH!”

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    Pledge $5 or more About $5 USD

    A ROLLING STONE GATHERS NO MOSS – but collects lots of knowledge and you’ll get a bunch of GRATITUDE for getting me rolling towards India and my funding goal! ... PLUS ... You will receive credit as a donor on my blog and updates to the project.

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    STICKS AND STONES MAY… BE EXCELLENT MATERIALS FOR SCULPTURE, AND YOUR PLEDGES… WILL ALWAYS HELP ME – You’ll get the above PLUS a DIGITAL THANK YOU CARD e-card! … because any pledge amount is helpful, so THANKS!

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    Pledge $25 or more About $25 USD

    THE STEPPING STONE IS A HELPING STONE IS A KEYSTONE – and you are all three by committing to this level and higher! You'll receive a personalized DIGITAL-HORIZON-LINE-MULTI-COLORED e-Thank You card!, See reward section for details.

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    (EASTER/PASSOVER SPECIAL) THE STEPPING STONE IS A HELPING STONE IS A KEYSTONE – and you are all three by committing to this level and higher! You'll receive a personalized DIGITAL-HORIZON-LINE-MULTI-COLORED e-Thank You card! … AND for this holiday special you receive an original SML drawing from my time in India. See reward section for details.

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    (EASTER/PASSOVER SPECIAL) AS SOLID AS A ROCK – because that is what you are by committing to this level and higher! You also earn the stepping-stone/helping-stone/keystone moniker ... and a few other things. So... see reward section for details … AND for this holiday special you receive an original MED drawing from my time in India. See reward section for details.

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    Pledge $40 or more About $40 USD

    AS SOLID AS A ROCK – because that is what you are by committing to this level and higher! You also earn the stepping-stone/helping-stone/keystone moniker ... and a few other things. So... see reward section for details.

    ALL HIGHER TIERS WILL be AS SOLID AS A ROCK IN THEIR SUPPORT!

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    SML DRAWING – (3 x 5") from THE GRANITE WALL SERIES. See reward section for details.

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    SML DRAWING – from INDIA. See reward section for details.

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    ANGEL (IRON edition) – because you are a patron of the arts! ... You are solid, stable and abundant. Be surprised. Follow Horizon Lines!

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    MED DRAWING – (11 x 14") from THE GRANITE WALL SERIES. See reward section for images.

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    MED DRAWING – from INDIA. See reward section for details.

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    ANGEL (SILVER edition) – because you are a patron of the arts! ... You are shiny, precious and highly conductive of both heat and electricity! Be surprised. Follow Horizon Lines!

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    LRG DRAWING – from THE GRANITE WALL SERIES. See reward section for images.

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    LRG DRAWING – from INDIA. See reward section for details.

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    DAILY HORIZON LINE DRAWING EXERCISE … Line Drawings …126 drawings … 9 x 11'' see reward section for details

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    DAILY HORIZON LINE DRAWING EXERCISE … Line Drawings …126 drawings … 11 x 14'' see reward section for details

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    (GOOD FRIDAY SPECIAL) JUST A STONE’S THROW ... FROM INDIA, SML – a stone from India: broken, polished and put back together – just for you! This reward will be offered in very limited numbers. For this holiday special, SML means about the size of a grapefruit (not necessarily round ... HA!).

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    ANGEL (GOLD edition) – because you are a patron of the arts! ... You ARE the standard and very special! Be surprised. Follow Horizon Lines!

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    (EARLY-BIRD SPECIAL) JUST A STONE’S THROW ... FROM INDIA, SML – a stone from India: broken, polished and put back together – just for you! This reward will be offered in very limited numbers. For this early bird special, SML means about the size of a grapefruit (not necessarily round ... HA!).

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    XL DRAWING from THE GRANITE WALL SERIES – No. 03

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    XL DRAWING from THE GRANITE WALL SERIES – No. 04

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    XL DRAWING from THE GRANITE WALL SERIES – No. 05

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    XL DRAWING from INDIA

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    ANGEL (ASTATINE edition) – because you are a patron of the arts! ... You are hot – radioactive. You are rare. Be surprised. Follow Horizon Lines!

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    ANGEL (DARK MATTER edition) – because you are a patron of the arts! ... You do exist! Be surprised. Follow Horizon Lines!

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    ANGEL (DARK ENERGY edition) – because you are a patron of the arts! ... You are ELUSIVE and POWERFUL! Be surprised. Follow Horizon Lines!

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