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I will help DUMBO Festival goers appreciate the NYC skyline with their cell phones... and a little twist. Get a cool print of the skyline.

UPDATE AS OF 8/31
If you are new to this page, you'll see that, thanks to many generous donors, I've raised more than enough to fund this project. Please continue to give, as it will allow for greater technological flexibility (for instance, I was able to order a 30" square sign rather than 18"x24"). However, if you're looking to back projects that are still working toward goal and get an aluminum print or dub DVD in return, I recommend the following very worthy creative projects by my good friends Miya Ando and Juakali:
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2042273139/art-supplies-books-and-education-for-indigo-youth-m http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/juakali/produce-a-video-for-dub-vocalist-juakali

UPDATE AS OF 08/26
Wow everyone! Thank you! I've now raised more than enough to fund my project (with a $50 check in the mail from a generous anonymous donor). However, we still have two weeks left, and please continue to give if you'd like to receive a unique print of the NYC skyline and/or have your name on a sign overlooking the skyline. Or if you just want to support a kooky artist :)

Extra funds will allow me greater technological flexibility with the finished project, especially the lighting component, and a little more flexibility with compensation for BJ Watkins, who's been tirelessly assisting me through countless projects. And in the spirit of microgiving, I will donate any surplus to the operations costs of Kiva.org, which functions similarly to Kickstarter but provides microlending to entrepreneurs in developing nations.

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You know that guy? You're out and about, doing something amazing, or just having dinner with friends, or just generally enjoying life, only to have that one guy whose nose is down and he's busy texting? You know that gal (and we're probably all guilty of being that person at one point in our lives)--she just keeps texting, or looking up info on her smartphone, and just can't seem to live the moment without her phone?

Or maybe you just want a fun, unique print of the New York City skyline by yours truly.

For DUMBO Art Center's 13th Annual DUMBO Art Under the Bridge Festival, September 25-27, I will install an official-looking sign at the edge of the water in a prominent location in Empire State Park, overlooking the Manhattan skyline. Imagine an official Stop or No Parking sign.

It will have simple instructions: "For info, text [CODE] to 41411." Visitors who send the text message will receive an intriguing note about the view from DUMBO.

Now I need help with the physical component, and that's where you come in. Give $5 or more, and your name will be placed on the installation, so you can literally be a part of it.




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Boring detail stuff (feel free to ignore if installation details don't interest you):

The exhibition concept, and the message, are a little opaque, I know. Sorry for that! It's important that the viewer/texter be surprised by the message they receive. You'll just have to trust me and the DUMBO Arts Center :) It will be interesting and, well, a little tongue-in-cheek. Haven't you always wanted to support a kooky conceptual art project?

You can also follow my progress at my Twitter account, @thatwaszen. I'm using the hashtag #autb09 (Art Under the Bridge Festival 2009) for all installation-related tweets.

My budget is approximately $500, to cover a polyethylene sign base, an 18"x24" sign, shipping and transportation costs, meals for assistants, tools, lighting and Amazon Payments fees. The text messaging component, which normally costs $100-$200, is generously supported by www.textmarks.com. I've had an ongoing relationship with them, and I highly recommend their services for texting and the like. So yay for them!

Regarding backing, this is the first time I'm trying this Kickstarter thing, so feel free to suggest other Backer Rewards that you'd find appealing. Oh, and those prints of the skyline with my installation? Exclusive to backers, because you're all so cool. I'll never print another series of them... ever!

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    I'll tell you more about the secret text message and my exhibition concept, and I'll write your name on the installation. Be a part of the installation, literally!

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    5 backers Limited (45 left of 50)

    The above, and a postcard from my recent installation at Yale/Haskins Laboratories (recently covered in the Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/07/05/nyregion/05artsct.html)

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    9 backers

    All of the above, and a signed 5"x7" print of me with the installation and/or the installation and the NYC skyline. You'll get to see the images before I send them, but I'll have some during the day and some at night. It's essentially a unique shot of the NYC skyline.

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    12 backers

    All of the above (except the 5"x7" print), and a signed 8"x10" print of me with the installation and/or the installation and the NYC skyline. You'll get to see the images before I send them, but I'll have some during the day and some at night. It's essentially a unique shot of the NYC skyline.

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    All of the above, and either (1) a one-on-one on-site tour and explanation of my art project. We'll get peanuts or ice cream or whatnot. OR (2) a signed 16"x20" print of me with the installation and/or the installation and the NYC skyline. Your choice. If you choose the latter, you could also have the 5"x7" and 8"x10" version as well.

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    All of the above, and after the installation is finished, I'll ship the sign to you with a big thank you written on the back. It's going to be an official-looking metal sign, similar to a No Parking sign, but with custom language for the installation. Depending on your location, I may ask that you cover shipping.

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