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ArtWalk unearths the stories behind New York's art, architecture and history. Join us to make the city into an experience!
ArtWalk unearths the stories behind New York's art, architecture and history. Join us to make the city into an experience!
229 backers pledged $10,347 to help bring this project to life.

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Update 10/20

ArtWalk HQ is excited about the last week of the Kickstarter! We’re confident we can do it! We have some screenshots from the newest version for you: the update includes walking paths and our custom illustrations!

SoHo Walking Path and Bowery Sight
SoHo Walking Path and Bowery Sight

What are we making?

We are creating an iPhone app that will allow anyone to explore the city from a new perspective.

We’re already giving immersive walking tours around SoHo and the Bowery in New York, but we want to make this experience even more accessible with an app.

If you’re in New York, you’ve walked past the blue wall with green beams on Broadway and Houston. Ever wondered why it’s there or how it’s connected to the museum on the moon? Is there a museum on the moon? Those are the questions we want to answer and the stories we want to tell.

What People Say - read more reviews on Tripadvisor!
What People Say - read more reviews on Tripadvisor!

The App 

The app will be free to download and allow you to access sight information in specific neighborhoods for a fee.

Each neighborhood consists of 20+ stories, made up of an illustration, original text, a map, references and further reading. We’re working on two neighborhoods, which will be part of the 1st version. Initial access will allow you to preview the stories, with the option to purchase each neighborhood’s full tour for $2.99.

More neighborhoods will be added as they are developed.

Why we need your support 

We’ve built a working prototype of the app, but are missing a few crucial features before we can launch. To make the app really awesome and an immersive experience we want to write original content and create beautiful illustrations for each sight and story.

We want to be able to pay everyone involved in the project. So far Sascha has funded everything himself but to get to the next level we need your support. The money will go to our coder, writer and illustrator first and foremost – the rest of the money will go towards interns, researching more sights, promotion, the audio experience and going global. There isn't a city that doesn't have stories to tell, and we'd like to discover all of them for you!

Who is making all this 

Sascha studied Art and Design at the Cooper Union in New York, worked at NYTimes and Google before starting his own design studio. He has spent the past eight years exploring the city’s many art and architectural treasures. As an obsessive explorer and investigator, he thrives on discovering little known facts about the place he lives and sharing them with others. As a designer, he is most fulfilled when information is organized beautifully. These traits are what helped get ArtWalk started.

Anastasija lived all over the world, but loves New York the most. For the past 6 years, she's worked at a global concierge company, making certain that clients get the most out of their city, and is now ensuring that operations at ArtWalk run smoothly.  

Luke is a developer with a passion for beautiful things. He currently lives on the sunny Mediterranean island of Malta where he earned his Bachelors degree in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence. Luke lifts weights on Mondays and owns a purple ukulele.

Dio was born in Mexico and moved to New York when he was fourteen. He studied architecture at the Cooper Union and has always had a passion for drawing and painting. Using his expertise in architecture and his artist’s eye, Dio is in charge of illustrating the city's many hidden wonders.

Rewards

We’re offering 3 types of rewards.

Support
  • $1 Every little helps. Show your support for ArtWalk and get a say in suggesting the next city for the app!

  • $15 Receive a postcard set of images especially made for ArtWalk by our illustrator Dio. The set will include 8 cards with 4 images.

  • $50 Keep warm on your next neighborhood exploration with an ‘Artifaction’ hoodie.

  • $60 Receive a print of an ArtWalk sight illustrated by Dio. Choose from 4 images, each sized 8 x 12 inches or pay an extra $10 for a 12 x 18 inch print. Printed on Kodak Professional Endura Supra.

Experience
  • $5 Be one of the first to use the ArtWalk app and get both available neighborhoods at a discount! Each neighborhood will feature 20+ stories.

  • $30 Early Bird tickets are limited and discounted tickets to any ArtWalk in New York. Each walk takes around 2 hours, covers 1.5 miles and includes 20+ stories.

  • $40 ArtWalk Kickstarter Special! $10 off the list price for this Kickstarter campaign! Join any New York walk.

  • $250 ArtWalk Field Trips are for a group of up to 10 people. This is a special Kickstarter rate for our private walks.

Patron
  • $300 Take advantage of the ArtWalk research team and find out the story behind a sight of your choice! We will send you our findings in a digital booklet designed and illustrated by the ArtWalk team. This makes for a great gift!

  • $500 Commission your very own custom illustration. Dio will illustrate a New York City sight of your choice. The ArtWalk style illustration will be sized 4 x 6 inches on a 7 x 10 inch paper. Will be shipped unframed. arches cold press archival 160lb watercolor paper

  • $2,000 Come on a day-long ArtWalk with Sascha! The day will be curated to your interests and will offer an in-depth view at the history, art and architecture in Manhattan. Lunch and beverages are included.

  • $2,000 Let us host a dinner for you and your friends inspired by the legendary 1970s SoHo restaurant FOOD. Enjoy a meal modeled after the artist-run restaurant, prepared and catered for you by yours truly the ArtWalk team. We can customize everything to your taste!

ArtWalk Reward Details

Illustrations

Illustrations by Dio
Illustrations by Dio

Each illustration is created by Dio, our ArtWalk illustrator. The postcards and prints will feature images commissioned for the app of various New York sights. If you bid for the custom illustration reward, Dio will work with you to illustrate a New York sight of your choice. You will then receive the original art work.

Hoodie

"Artifaction" Design by Sascha
"Artifaction" Design by Sascha

The hoodie was designed especially for this campaign by Sascha. Block letters spell out ‘Artifaction’ in the front and the ArtWalk logo is on the back. Hoodies are Asphalt Grey American Apparel and come in S, M, L sizes.

Walks

Tickets to ArtWalk give you discounted access to the walking tours we have been giving for the past two years. At the ‘Experience’ level, you will get to choose from any scheduled ArtWalks in New York. The walks last 2 hours and cover 20+ stories of places and people during a 1.5 walk through a neighborhood. Field Trips and the ArtWalk Day offer more private, customizable tours.

Read reviews of the walks here: http://www.tripadvisor.com/Art_Walk_NYC

Risks and challenges

This project is very low risk. We have a working prototype of the app, and a developer who is ready to put the finishing touches on it. We’re confident in our content, thanks to feedback from 2 years of giving walking tours around SoHo and the Bowery in New York. The research for further walks is in progress and we’ve done it before, so we know how to do it again.

Your support will allow us to successfully launch the first version of the app and start working on adding more content.

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    HAVE YOUR SAY Receive our love, gratitude and the opportunity to suggest the next neighborhood or city to be featured in the ArtWalk app!

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    APP SPECIAL You will receive access to two Neighborhoods in the finished ArtWalk app! The two available neighborhoods in the first version will be SoHo and the Bowery.

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    POST CARD SET You will receive a set of 8 postcards with 4 original designs from our ArtWalk app artist. The card dimensions are 4 x 6 inches.

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    ARTWALK EARLY BIRD You will receive a discounted ticket to an ArtWalk guided tour. Can be redeemed on any walk offered in New York up to June 2015.

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    ARTWALK KICKSTARTER SPECIAL You will receive a ticket to an ArtWalk guided tour. Can be redeemed on any walk offered in New York up to June 2015.

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    ARTWALK HOODIE We will send you an ArtWalk hoodie with ‘Artifaction’ printed on the front and our beautiful logo on the back. Hoodies are Asphalt Grey American Apparel and come in S, M, L sizes.

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    ILLUSTRATION PRINT You will receive a print of an illustration from the ArtWalk app, made exclusively for ArtWalk by our illustrator Dio. The print’s dimensions are 8 x 12 inches, and it will be shipped unframed. Add an extra $10 for a larger, 12 x 18 inches print! There will be 4 posters to choose from.

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    FIELD TRIP We will schedule a private ArtWalk for your group to fit your schedule. Choose between the SoHo and Bowery walks. Groups can be up to 10 people large. We’ll make this a great team excursions or special personal events. Can be redeemed up to June 2015.

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    RESEARCH BOOKLET Do you have a favorite building in the city that you walk past every day, but don’t know anything about? Is there a sculpture on your morning run route that you’ve always wondered about? Let us do the research for you and find out the history of the piece, the artist or architect. You will receive a digital booklet with images and the story behind your sighting. This is a great gift!

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    CUSTOM ILLUSTRATION You will receive an original watercolor painting by Dio of a New York sight of your choice. The ArtWalk style illustration will be sized 4 x 6 inches on a 7 x 10 inch Arches Cold Press Archival 160lb Watercolor Paper. Will be shipped unframed in time for the holidays.

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    ARTWALK DAY Make a day of it! Sascha Mombartz will take your group of up to 10 people on a full day’s walking tour. Will be a combination of multiple walking tours and can cover up to 3 neighborhoods. Lunch, 2 coffee breaks and beverages are included. Can be redeemed up to June 2015.

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    ARTWALK DINNER Join the ArtWalk founders at a dinner inspired by FOOD, Carol Gooden and Gordon Matta-Clark’s influential 1971 restaurant. The dinner will be held in New York for up to 10 people. Can be redeemed up to June 2015.

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