Be a Part of Lovetown PA

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal…”

I am back from the dead, to share an intriguing project in connection with Tim’s co-op gallery Tiger Strikes Asteroid.

A few years ago, artist, Gene Schmidt did an expansive project he called “Manhattan Measure“, during which he measured the length and width of the island of Manhattan by placing red yards stick end-to-end. The project was documented by photographer Alicia Hansen and filmmakers Johnny Gerhart and Philip Armand. At the end of the project, Schmidt formed a giant cross-shaped sculpture out of the 30,000 yard sticks, and the film was shown at various festivals across the country.

Canal Street, St. Nicholas Street, and Central Park (photos by Alicia Hansen)

map of the measured path and their final destination

Now, TSA has invited him to do a new project here in Philly. Of this project, which will use the text of 1 Corinthians chapter 13, Schmidt says,LOVETOWN, PA will involve a similar movement through Philadelphia. This time I will be lining up square panels of reclaimed scrap wood, each with a letter cut out like a stencil, spelling out the text quoted above. In some places the entire text will be visible, stretching 1267 feet. In other places, passers-by will only see a word, a phrase, or a sentence or two. I will keep repeating the text along an approximately eight-mile journey starting in North Philadelphia and ending on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania.”

a grab from Gene's Kickstarter promo video

Visit the Lovetown PA Kickstarter page for more info and to support the project. Supporters will receive gifts ranging from a DVD of the resulting film, to all the letter panels used in the project!. Personally, I’d like to have a set of the 12″ x 12″ L-O-V-E squares. Wouldn’t they look so cool hanging on the wall?

Don’t dawdle folks, he only has two weeks left to raise support!

Update (03.22.10): Gene did not raise reach his full amount for the project through KickStarter, but plans to start over by raising funds the old-school way – by accepting checks through the mail. Generously, he will still honor snail-mail donations with the thank you gifts he offered on KickStarter. Read his update here, check out the gift levels, and consider contributing. The show must go on!

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