Carry the EARTH Project Description:
Many unique globes of the earth created by artists will be linked to their own blog on the Carry the EARTH website. The globes will be passed from hand to hand around the planet inspiring the carriers of the earth to donate actions that help the environment and post their story on the blogsite.
This art project is about a globe and its individual carrier. It is about the tracked path of the globe and the connective thread of its path that bonds people of the earth. It is about the very personal stories of the carriers of the globe and their cumulative actions. It is about each individual’s small contribution-- a droplet in the ocean of time that hopefully will inspire a tidal wave of change. It is about the fact that all of humanity share the same home, our EARTH, and along with it the responsibility to protect it, each in our own personal way.
So far, we have gotten donations that have enabled us to have 25 unique artistic globes created and ready to go. We also have a placeholder website www.carrytheearth.com secured. Our goal on kickstarter is to raise $9,500. This will be used to fund a much more sophisticated website that will be developed to handle links to 25 newly created blogsites –one for each of the first 25 globes. The new website and blogsites will be artistically created and will have practical security features. They will also include the guaranteed maintenance of the website and 25 blogsites for one year. We are hoping to surpass our goal of $9,500 so that we can sponsor additional artist donated globes from around the world by giving them each their own blogsite on our website and possibly extend the project beyond a year.
Risks and challenges
The uncontrollable, unimaginable, and unpredictable aspect of this art project are what make it the most interesting while at the same time pose the most challenges and risks. We tried to think of them all and develop ways of mitigating the risk:
Globes - What will the newly donated globes be like? Globes need to be safe to handle, easily portable, and safe for the environment. Our first 25 globes meet these standards but what about the artist created donated globes? For safety in handling, they need to be washable and made of materials that are not sharp or toxic and should be small enough for one person to easily carry. To make them safe for the environment, they need to be biodegradable, non-toxic to the environment, and made of materials that do not pose environmental harm to harvest. To help ensure that these standards are met, we have a group of volunteers that will do the best job they can to vet all donated globes for safety, portability, and appropriate content before issuing them a blogsite on Carry the EARTH.
Path of the Globes- Where will the globes go? What if a carrier of the globe does not know someone who wants the responsibility of carrying the earth? We plan to have a waiting list of people who want to carry the earth on our website. Any carrier can use this wish list to help them pass the globe on. What if the globe stops in one carrier’s hand for over a month? We can trace the globe back to the last carrier’s entry and their general location and with their help can locate any delinquent carriers and help them pass the globe to someone on the wish list. What will happen if a globe becomes broken or lost? We will work to send out a new artist donated globe to replace the one that is lost to any deserving carrier or to a new carrier as funding permits. We will be relying on the best of human nature and hope that globes are cared for and stay in circulation from start to finish.
Carriers' stories- What will the carrier of the earth do and post? We will have web security and blog entry screening to make sure that all content on the blogs are secure for the earth carrier and have appropriate content for the viewers of the website. We will not track the exact location of the earth carriers but just their general vicinity based on their blog entries to provide them privacy.
The Project Ending- How will the project end? We will be developing an ending event and date as the project unfolds. This ending will be a surprise and details of it will be kept secret until one month before the ending date-a minimum of a year after launch. If an opportunity presents itself, I would like to develop the globes, their paths, and their stories into a composite sculpture to be exhibited at a museum, gallery, or travelling show.
Meeting Projected Costs- We have carefully evaluated the costs of this project and have a written agreement with a talented and reputable web designer for the amount that we need to raise to get this project launched with the first 25 globes and sustain it for one year. If we don't get enough additional funding beyond our goal to sponsor all of the future donated artist globes that may come in, we will then explore other means of funding while the project is underway to help donated artist globes get blogsites and add to our numbers.
Other Risks and Challenges-If the project grows faster than expected, it may take us longer than we would like to screen blog entries prior to publication, and develop blogsites quickly for artist donated globes. If extra funding exists or if additional volunteers come forward, we can easily solve this hopeful prospect.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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