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Tarp Lake is an acres large installation of used blue tarps,creating a false lakebed that audiences can both wade into and contemplate.

Tarp Lake will be a massive art installation creating an artificial lake landscape with acres of used tarps. The lake will provide a surreal experience for audiences who wade into the lakebed, rest under the rolling blue tarps, and listen to audio interviews from the comfort of beach chairs.  The lake will also have an interesting arial presence.  People in airplanes above or looking at overhead satellite images of the land surrounding our lake will see, at first glance, something akin to an actual body of water.  The project will not only provide a unique experience for audiences, but will address the relationship between built and natural landscapes on several different levels.  

We've been working on this project for almost a year and have enough tarps collected to make Tarp Lake the lake of our dreams.  We have tarps that have been used as temporary patches for leaky homes, tarps that were used winnowing wheat, tarps that have been collected from roadsides and strangers.  We also have a line-up of venues to present the lake in late summer, including Lowe Mill Arts in Huntsville, AL, COOP Gallery in Nashville, TN, and an artist's lecture at ISEA 2012: Machine Wilderness in Albuquerque, NM.  

As you can see, we're on our way to creating a solid public artwork.  We're footing most of our own bill, but need funds for equipment, supplies, the creation of our book, and most importantly, to haul the lake from site to site.  The more support we receive, the more places we'll be able to bring Tarp Lake.  In return for your support, you'll receive our eternal gratitude, a bevy of great rewards, and the knowledge that you brought great public art to America's heartland.

For more information on Tarp Lake, Check out our project website here.

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    A Tarp Lake postcard signed by Bender or Abell.

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    A 5 x 7 photo of the Tarp Lake installation team with a “Thanks (insert your name here)!” sign taken in front of the Lake.

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    Get a DVD of event highlights including audio interviews and footage from under the waves. 5 postcards will also be included, as well as a thank you photo from Abell & Bender in front of the lake.

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    Dress to impress with our limited edition, Tarp Lake T-Shirt, designed by our creative team. (Blue with beige print, in the size you specify.) A Tarp Lake DVD, 5 postcards, and a thank you photo of Bender & Abell in front of the lake will also be included.

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    Get the complete scoop on Tarp Lake with our book about the project, Tarp Lake: Debris of Desire. The book, designed and written by Bender and Abell, is full of high-quality color photographs and signed by the artists. A Tarp Lake T-Shirt, DVD, personalized thank you photo of Abell & Bender at the lake, and 5 postcards will also be included.

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    Make Tarp Lake a part of your living space with our photo-grade 20” x 30” poster of the installation. This reward also comes with a DVD of the project, a personalized thank you photo from Abell & Bender in front of the lake, and 5 postcards.

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    Same as Reward # 6, but we'll throw in the limited edition Tarp Lake T-Shirt and our book, Tarp Lake: Debris of Desire as well.

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    Get a rare, gallery ready framed Tarp Lake display consisting of image and ephemera of the event. Each framed display is signed, dated, and numbered by the artists. A signed copy of Tarp Lake: Debris of Desire, our DVD, and 5 postcards will also be included.

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    Bring Tarp Lake to a field, roof top, or vacant lot near you. Lets be honest... haven’t you always wanted to surprise your neighbor with a massive conceptual art project in their lawn? Project will run from 1- 4 days, per your request. Location is contingent on permission to use site.

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