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By Paul Frank Wagner
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About

Hi Kickstarter,

I am a contemporary artist whose medium is rope. I use rope to convey a simple idea: that we all are connected. I create art installations around the world in unique locations with the goal of starting a dialogue on unity, interconnectedness. I believe the most evident tool to convey this is rope, and combining, dyeing, twisting and knotting them into unique works of art.

Today, my work is about going outside in nature, and creating a painting using rope, whilst telling the story of its creation, which is documented with film and photography (see below).

"Waiting for the end of the World", Dec. 16, 2012
"Waiting for the end of the World", Dec. 16, 2012

A variety of places inspire me, some places I've lived in, others are completely new to me. The choice for the location for my installations can either be spontaneous or pre-determined.

A perfect example of this is when I traveled to Istanbul (Turkey) for the first time. I knew before I got off the plane that I wanted to create an installation on or near the Bosporus between Europe and Asia (see below), but I didn't know exactly how it would be done.

"35 knots to the East" Installation, Istanbul Turkey Feb. 28, 2013
"35 knots to the East" Installation, Istanbul Turkey Feb. 28, 2013

My process, involves (1) finding a location, (2) making a proposal, and speaking to the decision makers, and (3) gathering the materials, dyeing the rope, and then (4) going out and creating and documenting the work.

A little over a year ago, my wife and I visited Tuscany together. We let the rolling hills, the wind and dirt roads guide us through this amazing landscape forgetting the map in the glove compartment... We ended up in a little town on a hill called Montalcino, the views from the town were overlooking the rolling hills in the heart of Tuscany. The place spoke to us, with its earthy tones, the vineyards, its wine culture, the wind that carried the fragrance of the countryside, the culinary richness of the food we ate and the beautiful abbeys surrounded by olive trees accompanied by Gregorian chanting... It's as if God painted the landscape with trees perfectly planted here and there. As an artist, I discovered the true "colors of Italy" and I began to explore the idea of doing an installation and creating a rope painting in a town that had given me so much.

Ex. Medieval Hospital: the confirmed installation site
Ex. Medieval Hospital: the confirmed installation site


When I got back to Paris, I sent a 20 page proposal for an art installation of my work in Montalcino, and 10 months later I finally got the approval from the city officials. They have committed to host the installation and to promote the event in the city but a lot more needs to be done to make this a reality.

The name of the Art Installation is: "Dalla Terra al Cielo" which in English means "from the Earth to the Sky". The concept behind the work is that by being suspended we are elevating ourselves to be closer to God while respecting and connecting to one another. 

Artist Paul Frank Wagner and his Wife Angelica Manca
Artist Paul Frank Wagner and his Wife Angelica Manca

I am ready to move forward with this Installation, but a lot of work needs to happen before. We need to gather the materials, dye the rope, rent a lift or scaffolding system to reach the columns to mount and dismantle the installation... And for that we need your help.

The art installation will consist of "three rope paintings" suspended one on top of the other vertically. The frame will be suspended in the air between the 8 columns of the roof/skylight and will float above the floor at approx 7 ft. above the people visiting the exhibition space.

In Montalcino, there will be 3 rope paintings similar to this one.
In Montalcino, there will be 3 rope paintings similar to this one.

We want to incorporate our Kickstarter contributors in the "creative process" by transforming "YOU" into the Installation, and here's how:

A Knot - for every $50 contributor, I will make a knot in the rope and add a tag with your name

A Strand of Rope - for every $150 contributor, I will dye a strand of rope with a specific color allocated to you (your name will also be added with a tag).

A Piece of Rope - for every $200+ contributor, I will dye a strand of rope with a specific color allocated to you (with your name tag) and once the installation is over, I'll  send you a piece of the rope as a reminder of Art History.

In other words, the installation will become a representation of all of you: YOU will become a PART of the ART, represented as a strand of color of rope on the installation rope painting(s), or a KNOT(s)

It is by using a simple material LIKE ROPE and contributors like YOU that we can create a global sense of belonging and interconnectedness.

Thank you for reading and watching the video, and supporting my kickstarter project.

Through your individual contributions, we will make it a beautiful, colorful and significant, community based piece of art. A number of generous and passionate supporters of Public Art, including individuals, companies, and local government officials and public figures have committed to providing their personal time and support to this project.

The space is already being cleaned up and repainted as you read this. Once funded, we will be able to gather the missing materials and rent the lift and/or scaffolding for the Installation & the dismantling on Sept. 15, and on Oct 27,2013.

The Installation “Dalla Terra al Cielo” will be open to the Public starting from September 17 thru October 27, 2013 in Montalcino, Italy.

Thank you for supporting this project.

Paul Frank Wagner

Risks and challenges

Any artistic endeavor of this size and magnitude takes a significant level of commitment and support to realize. We have worked hard over the last year to gain support of the local community to make this project a reality. Once funded we can gather the missing materials and a lift/scaffolding system will be rented to actually make this piece a reality and complete.

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    You will receive a Limited Edition "Dalla Terra al Cielo" soft cover book of the installation signed by the artist Paul Frank Wagner. Plus continued updates on the Installation Project in Montalcino, Italy. In addition you will be represented on this project by a "SNAKE KNOT" (longer than a regular knot) that will be created in your name and receive an invitation to the "cutting of the cords" event on Oct. 27, 2013.

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    You will receive Limited Edition "Dalla Terra al Cielo" Soft Cover book of the Installation signed by the artist Paul Frank Wagner. In addition a strand of rope will be dyed in a "color" to represent your contribution and a Limited Edition T-Shirt of "Dalla Terra al Cielo". Plus continued updates on the Installation Project in Montalcino, Italy. In addition you will receive a VIP invitation to the "cutting of the cords" event on Oct. 27, 2013.

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    You will receive a Limited Edition "Dalla Terra al Cielo" Soft Cover book of the Installation signed by the artist Paul Frank Wagner. In addition a strand of rope will be dyed in a "color" to represent your contribution + you will receive a piece of the "rope" used in the Installation and a Limited Edition T-Shirt of "Dalla Terra al Cielo". Plus continued updates on the Installation Project in Montalcino, Italy. In addition you will receive a VIP invitation to the "cutting of the cords" event on Oct. 27, 2013.

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    You are now a BIG TIME SPONSOR, and you will get your name or company logo on all marketing material printed. In addition you will receive a Limited Edition "Dalla Terra al Cielo" Soft Cover Book of the Installation signed by the artist Paul Frank Wagner. I will dedicate a "color" of rope to you (or your Company), and you will receive a piece of the "rope" used in the Installation. You will also receive a Limited Edition Color Photograph of the work size: (8" x 11"). Plus continued to receive updates on the Installation Project in Montalcino, Italy. In addition you will receive a VIP invitation to the "cutting of the cords" event on Oct. 27, 2013.

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