Imagine being part of a growing global international art environmental re-use community-- that started with just 41 old rusted auto hub caps!
In 2008, I had an epiphany walking around an automobile show. I started rushing up and down vendor aisles buying old hub caps. I bought 41 rusted old hub caps that day. My friend thought I was crazy. I said ‘I have an idea’.
Six years after buying those old hubcaps, this idea has led to the largest non-profit 501(c)3 international art movement of its kind working with artists around the globe, The Landfillart Project. (www.landfillart.org)
1,041 hubcap “metal and plastic canvasses” are now 1,041 exceptional works of art. Each work kindles a powerful message to live sustainably. Each work powerfully shows how Art transforms lives.
We've done it alone for 6 years. Over these six years I have personally donated more than $100,000 of my own money - to cover shipping costs, website work, and the countless hours of my staff's time - in order to sustain this project.
This is a labor of love, but now Landfillart needs your help.
We are a caretaker to this unparalleled collection. The collection will never be sold, and is owned by the 501-c-3 non-profit, Landfillart,
When I’m not around anymore, I want this collection to thrive in perpetuity. We owe that to the generous artists around the world who contributed to this priceless collection. These artists – and the message of Landfillart – need to be celebrated forever.
Our next frontier is to ensure this collection reaches as many global communities as possible to experience Landfillart first-hand. Our hard work also includes securing a partnership with the right institution to manage and care for the Landfillart collection in perpetuity. Your donation will give us the fuel and resources to make this happen!
Please be part of our growing international art environmental re-use community that began with 41 old hubcaps. Your donation will support our small team with:
- Printing and communication costs;
- All the staff time devoted to Landfillart.
1041 artists from every state in the U.S. and 52 countries – places like Austria, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, and Denmark among many other nations - have re-claimed a discarded hubcap. The range of contributing artists is hard to characterize. They encompass every age and ethnicity and also include disabled veterans, at-risk youth, persons with special needs, and Native Americans.
On June 1, 2011, an amazing Associated Press story by Michael Rubinkam about the Landfillart collection broke over the international wire service to over 1000 major print, television, radio, and digital news organizations. Since then, the momentum has been amazing.
The Museum of the Shenandoah Valley recently launched Landfillart’s first-ever public showing, “Second Time Around: The Hubcap as Art,” in September, 2014. “Second Time Around” opened to record crowds in its first week and will be on display through March 2015.
The art almost defies description. The largest contributed art piece, "The Raven," currently at the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley, is by Pattie Young of New Plymouth, Idaho. The Raven, stands over 7 feet tall and weighs more than 600 pounds.
Artist, Michelle Allee, from Pass Christian, Mississippi lost many of her paintings in Hurricane Katrina. Allee transformed an old Ford hub cap into a large whimsical figurine featuring a doll’s head shrouded with angel wings and robot-like bejeweled arms and legs.
The smallest piece, "Au Coeur Du Monde," by Bertrand Sallard from LaTagniere, France, is less than 6 inches in diameter.
Jason Blue Lake Hawk Martinez, a Native American artist of the Tiwa Taos Pueblo Nation, created a work that symbolizes "... conflict with heritage, mortality and personal relationships."
"The Landfill Art Project is a continuation of the effort to stem the waste stream flow away from the landfill and redirect materials into the creation of art." - says sculptor, Mike Kendall, who works with the Historical Arsenal Community.
Please help Landfillart continue to grow and inspire! Thank you so much.
Risks and challenges
I am happy to speak with any of you and answer any questions you might have. Please understand that Landfillart continues to be a work in progress. We have come SO FAR! I often think back to that original pile of 41 old hubcaps and am truly amazed, and so grateful, for how far we've come. I am confident that our hard work and this unbelievable momentum, with your gracious support, will assure we reach our goals to make Landfillart available world-wide in perpetuity.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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