The Maiden Project
The Maiden Project
We bring together playful people with diverse talents to collaborate on the creation of beautiful art on our natural playgrounds.
We bring together playful people with diverse talents to collaborate on the creation of beautiful art on our natural playgrounds. Read more
We are raising funds to do the second installment of the Maiden Project on the arches and in the canyons of Moab, Utah. Here is our previous production, Maiden Light, in Boulder, CO
Our Current Goal
We at The Restorative desire to weave our talents together to bring you a second, jaw-dropping film. We played on the only natural arch around Boulder, and we found inspiration in its elegant beauty. There is a place where arches abound: Moab, Utah. With brains in our heads and play in our hearts, we journey down South to create new, great arts. Your contribution will allow us to: put gas in our cars to drive down and explore arches and canyons in the Moab area; shoot for several days in these magnificent locations; and create another beautiful video to share with you!
We are happy to announce that all of our aerial equipment needs will be fulfilled by Aerial Essentials!
If you are interested in becoming a corporate sponsor of the Maiden Project, please contact us via email.
Beginnings: An Idea from a Friend
It all started with a simple but powerful idea from our friend Piper: to play on aerial fabric off the side of a cliff.
That idea was shelved for several years till Tim Davis met Ashley Smith.
While at a shoot for Rabble Dance Collective, Tim presented the idea to Ashley, who immediately jumped on it!
Initial Play at Royal Arch
Months of planning and learning ensued. Friends were recruited with backgrounds in: aerial arts, climbing, photography, videography, multimedia arts. The Maiden in the Flatirons of Boulder was scouted as the main objective. Several days were shot at Royal Arch by Jen Friedberg, Craig Muderlak, Tim, and Jack Ellenberger with Ashley, Grace Ramsey, and Helium Valentine performing for us and to stunned hikers who happened upon us.
Going for it...
Everything felt right at Royal Arch, so our crew of five decided to go for our main ambition: The Maiden. With a 90 minute hike in carrying backpacks bulging with climbing equipment, ropes, cameras, fabric, and a day's provisions under the simmering summer sun, we would get to the Maiden and collapse. But there was no time to lose, as the shadows crawled up the Maiden, we needed to capture the sunset!
Our first try was stymied by wind, and our second by wind and rain. Defeat was a bitter pill, but getting so close to success fueled our teams' psyche engines to keep trying!
Finally, days before Craig moved to New England, our schedules aligned, and we made the schlep back up to the Maiden in the hopes that we could capture the excellent photos and videos we had strived for.
Our sweat and persistence paid off, and we were positively giddy with joy as Ashley performed at incredible heights.The sun's last rays licked the summit and Ashley floated back up the fabric. Our crew was positively electrified!
Buzzing with excitement, we packed up and parted the darkness back down the trail. As with many endeavours in life, we found both success and failure to reap the same result: desire for more!
Our Current Goal
To create Maiden Light, we invested much time and effort to pull it off. Luckily, the Maiden is in our backyard. But to travel down to Moab, we'll need some financial assistance from you. If you'd like to see another stunning video from our crew at The Restorative, pick out your favorite reward!
Feedback from You!We hope that our that our truly awesome media and collaboration to capture Ashley's play on the Maiden galvanize you into funding our second artistic goal.
Your contribution shows us at The Restorative that:
- You like our idea
- Maiden Light shocked, startled, inspired, scared, amazed, and otherwise shook up your daily routine
- Your notions of what is possible have changed
- You think that reconnecting to the outdoors through play is fantastic
- You want us to create more!
Some people we like
Risks and challenges
There are several situations involving exposure to danger in this project:
-Ashley will be using a combination of her physical abilities and mental stability to perform while high off the ground.
-The riggers and videographers will also be working high off the ground on lines, and will need to keep themselves as well as Ashley safe.
-Life calls, and we answer. If one of our performers, climbers, or artists gets called away, we have a group of friends who can step in to collaborate on the Maiden Project, and see it to completion.
-Being with such an awesome crew of people, we may get very, very stoked. We'll probably be so stoked, it'll be hard to get unstoked after we get back to Colorado!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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