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An exclusive Graphic Art Collection of America's National Parks...35 years in the making.
An exclusive Graphic Art Collection of America's National Parks...35 years in the making.
An exclusive Graphic Art Collection of America's National Parks...35 years in the making.
373 backers pledged $23,120 to help bring this project to life.

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The National Park Poster Project

$23,120

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WE'VE REACHED ALL OUR GOALS -- AND YOU GET REWARDED!

$20K STRETCH GOAL REWARDS

  • Every pledge for $10 or more automatically gets the printed 11" x 17" Typography Poster - FREE!!!

200% STRETCH GOAL REWARDS

  • Every backer will receive digital wallpaper featuring the images from the National Park Poster Project, which you can use on your phone, tablet, laptop and desktop computers.

350% STRETCH GOAL REWARDS

  • Every backer will get a digital download of the typography poster.

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Hi. My name is Rob Decker and I'm a photographer and graphic artist with a love of the national parks and the stylistic designs created by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) in the 1930s and 40s. 

For nearly 50 years I have explored America’s national parks. And while I have fond memories of camping with family in Yosemite as a kid, my most amazing experience was in the summer of 1979, when I studied photography with Ansel Adams in Yosemite National Park when I was just 19.

Over the years, I have taken thousands of photographs of the 23 national parks I have visited – so far. Now, I’ve created an exclusive collection of graphic art posters to complement the original artwork of the WPA.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL PARK POSTER PROJECT

The National Park Poster Project is inspired by the posters created during the WPA era, when hundreds of artists were commissioned to create thousands of posters to stir the public’s imagination for education, theater, health, safety and travel.

Although this project is driven by inspiration to create iconic posters for all 59 national parks, it’s also designed to remind us why our national parks – with their amazing landscapes, vibrant cultures, and rich history --are worth visiting and protecting.

And now it’s time to share those experiences and to continue the unfinished work of the original WPA poster project from 90 years ago.

The complete collection will include all 59 national parks. You can see the first six here and the remaining six will be released during the campaign! All 12 will be printed and shipped out in December…in time to make perfect holiday gifts!

My hope is that you will become part of this historic endeavor.

With your support, I will finish the development of the first 12 posters and print a large enough quantity so I can provide them at a reasonable price. To make that happen, we need to raise $5K. The funds will go towards printing all 12 posters and mailing out the backer rewards.

The ultimate goal is to raise much more than that. And if we do, I will be able to create the first ever complete collection of graphic art posters of the national parks. The WPA wasn’t able to finish their collection in the 1940s. But together we can.

And, there’s a lot to be done before the 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service on August 25th, 2016 when I expect to have all 59 completed.

GIVING BACK

With the creation of the National Park Poster Collection, I will also give back. I am currently speaking with a number of the National Parks Associations to partner on how we can bring funds into the parks and help to keep them open and protected. But I need your support to do it.

So, here’s how you can make this project come to life. First, back this campaign TODAY by choosing one of our rewards and pledging. Second, spread the word by clicking on the Facebook and Twitter links near the top of this page. Third, tell everyone you know: The awesome RV communities, the outdoor enthusiasts and national park fans, the weekend nature photographer and more...

In the meantime, my promise is to keep you updated with photos, videos and sneak peeks of the new poster designs to be included in The National Park Poster Project!

                               
  

Risks and challenges

The risks to this project are few; the challenges are inspiring.

The risk is that our National Parks, which are so important on so many levels, are threatened every day. Yosemite is on fire! Glaciers are melting at a rapid pace. Acid rain continues its deadly impact. Budget cuts limit our ability to preserve and protect some of the most amazing places on earth. The risk is NOT capturing the amazing beauty and nature of these parks before they suffer even more.

Just today, someone commented on my blog: "As a fine artist (and primarily of landscape art), I derive untold inspiration from our National Park System. I make it a point to discover or re-discover one any time I travel, and can't wait for my next visit to a National Park!"

The challenge will be to personally visit each National Park...and moreover...to capture that single, iconic image that accurately represents each and every one of these National Treasures. As an experienced photographer...this is a challenge I can't wait to tackle!

I have been professionally involved in photography, graphic art and print projects for nearly 30 years. Since I will be responsible for creating all of the original images -- and then developing the photo-graphic images for each poster -- that aspect of the project is quite secure. And, I am already working with a printer in Boulder, Colorado, and we just printed a short run of posters, primarily as proofs, as we prepare for a larger print run.

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    BE A PART OF THE TEAM!!! Help forge the future of The National Park Poster Project by taking part in our Exclusive Backer Survey. Pledge $1 or more, and you'll have access to the survey...and your input will help determine which parks get posters next!

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    The National Parks Typography Poster is 11" x 17" black & white poster featuring the names of all 59 national parks...and are sized based on annual attendance. Kind of like a tag cloud!

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    1 Poster - Your Choice - Signed and Numbered. Choose from: Acadia, Arches, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Glacier, Great Sand Dunes, Grand Teton, Haleakala, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain (2), Yosemite, and Yellowstone.

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    2 Posters - Your Choice - Signed & Numbered. Choose from: Acadia, Arches, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Glacier, Great Sand Dunes, Grand Teton, Haleakala, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain (2), Yosemite, and Yellowstone.

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    3 Posters - Your Choice - Signed & Numbered. Choose from: Acadia, Arches, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Glacier, Great Sand Dunes, Grand Teton, Haleakala, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain (2), Yosemite, and Yellowstone.

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    Colorado Collection - Includes 4 Posters total, 1 each of the following: Mesa Verde National Park, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, and, of course, Rocky Mountain National Park. All posters are signed and numbered as part of the Limited Edition Colorado Collection.

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    Rocky Mountain Collection - Includes 4 Posters total, 1 each of the following: Glacier National Park, Yellowstone National Park, Grand Teton National Park, and, of course, Rocky Mountain National Park. All posters are signed and numbered as part of the Limited Edition Rocky Mountain Collection.

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    SELECT ANY 4 POSTERS - from the following parks: Acadia, Arches, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Glacier, Great Sand Dunes, Grand Teton, Haleakala, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain (2), Yosemite, and Yellowstone. All posters are signed and numbered.

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    SELECT ANY 5 POSTERS - from the following parks: Acadia, Arches, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Glacier, Great Sand Dunes, Grand Teton, Haleakala, Mesa Verde, Rocky Mountain (2), Yosemite, and Yellowstone. All posters are signed and numbered.

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    Includes all Rocky Mountain Collection and all Colorado Collection posters (8 total) --1 each of the following: Glacier, Yellowstone, Grand Teton, Rocky Mountain, Mesa Verde, Great Sand Dunes, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, and the second Rocky Mountain poster. All posters are signed and numbered as part of these Limited Edition Collections.

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    The Whole Kit & Kaboodle! All 12 Posters - (Rocky Mountain Collection + Colorado Collection + Acadia, Arches, Haleakala and Yosemite). All posters are signed and numbered.

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    Artist's Proof - Mounted - Framed - Signed - Numbered - Limited Edition. Artist proofs are the first images pulled from the print run, have the highest quality, and are generally not available for immediate sale. These prints are 14" x 20" with a wider, 1" border around the image. Choose your favorite National Park Poster! There are a maximum of 20 artist's proofs per park.

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