"just about to lose the shirt off your back? send it to us..."
art about the financial crisis: please note that the following is about the main piece in a whole collection of pieces the artist geoff bunn is working on about the current global mess. other smaller pieces - sometimes much smaller - are availabe and/or under construction. see the other pieces page (also currently under construction).
geoff bunn, a british artist now in småland, sweden, is looking for materials to incorporate into the construction of an art work based upon the current global economic mess.
so how can you help?
you can contribute to this art work by donating an item of your choice; the item should be something which has been devalued or made worthless by the current recession. (see NEXT PAGE for details on what to send and where to send it)
construction of the piece has begun: items have begun to arrive:
employment contracts which are no longer worth the paper they are printed on; a ridge tile from someone's house - where they no longer live; pound notes, euros and dollars - all of which seem devalued; some worthless share certificates, house keys, car keys and so on
but more items are required! so please do continue to contribute (see NEXT PAGE for how)
DECEMBER UPDATE:: the decision has been taken to 'cage' the piece upon completion and, in so doing, to limit it's spread and size. so far, however, no decision has been taken as to how big the cage might be... this could be a BIG global economic mess after all....
but there is now a name to the piece:
GLOBAL (economic) MESS: valueless relics, remains and fragments CAGED
or just 'Global Mess Caged' for short....
please note the above mentioned purchasers are now actively being sought.
this is an opportunity for an organisation or individual to acknowledge the mess that is being made of ordinary people's lives. but to do so in a wholly positive manner. purchase 'Global Mess Caged', exhibit it somewhere, make a statement on the recession, show understanding..
two or three news items:
1. the cage is kind of dropped. the mess will now be contained in a wooden crate. so that will be GLOBAL MESS CRATED and not GLOBAL MESS CAGED. this follows a few visits to people involved in the creative iron industry... the materials are lovely but the feel isn't right. so large wooden crate (a la Raiders of the Lost Ark) it will now be....
2. the BBC - who planned to visit and film the project for one of their mainstream arts programmes - were finally unable to do so. the timing of their programme meant that they needed to come to sweden and film now but, at this point in time, there really was not enough material to say 'yes'. so that's maybe a big loss on the publicity front - which remember is important as this is a charity project - but it does bring us nicely to the next point
3. what to donate: you can contribute to this work of art. it is INTERACTIVE. stuff to send is anything which, for you, sums up the current global financial mess. here are a few ideas....
you get the idea? anything goes which speaks of the recession - it's up to you. all personal information is removed and destroyed. dont worry if the item is mundane or 'boring' or ordinary - it CAN be used. it WILL be used.
good news: a few more things would be nice to finish off crated global mess - but not many more are now required.
better news: a good friend - fredo mazzini (co-owner of a certain parisian art-outlet and some time sketching companion) has found a taker for the work. and the money - all of it - will be going to a charity as previously promised. not the fortune hoped for but proof that the truly rich dont give a shit.
odd news: "small metal boxes of global mess" are available for anyone interested. the charge will be shipping cost only plus a small donation to charity. say, 50€ a piece? there are only 5 of these pieces and they will definitely be despatched on a first come first serve basis.
a cheque to the same address as other items will secure. if the cheque arrives too late, it will be destroyed not cashed. something minor will be sent in place of a "small metal box of global mess"
(belated update) january 2010
the crated global mess sold at private auction in paris for around 15.000€
geoff bunn - the artist who undertook the project for us, donated all of the funds to charity.
the piece itself - as with so much of bunn's work - is now in private hands.
the smaller metal boxes have also, now, been sold
BIG thanks are due to all those who donated to the project, gallery space and time as well as items - without which it could not have been done.