You’ve heard of Art Basel. You’ve heard of Kickstarter. A new form of public funding is born from a perfect marriage, where the two have come together and partnered to fuel much-needed support for incredible and ambitious non-commercial art projects around the world. With a pledge of $1.9 billion to creative projects, the Crowdfunding Initiative is a podium for non-profit visual arts organizations to gain an audience, and allows their audience to help realize a vision.
Meet the world renowned William Kentridge, an artist featured on the Art Basel Kickstarter. With a week left to go, the goal of $80,000 has been surpassed for Kentridge’s 550 meter-long mural along Rome’s Tiber River.
Walking along the river in the Eternal City, you will eventually be able to see a procession through time, 80 figures of iconic heroes and villains across history, each 10 meters high.
The installation is named Triumphs and Laments: A Project for Rome and will become an epic project on the banks, flowing alongside the Tiber River with images of war, love, oppression and resilience. The project is meant to continue on for years until it gradually fades back to its original state.
This “reverse graffiti” all begins with a charcoal drawing by Kentridge, which are then turned into ink drawings; from there, the ink drawings are swollen into full-scale stencils. The surfaces are power washed around the stencils, so the remaining pollution and moss creates a dark silhouette—embedding the stencils into their natural surroundings, until, inevitably, forces of nature engulf each Lament and each Triumph.
You are invited to support the largest public contemporary art project that Rome has seen. Not would you feed this masterpiece—you’ll receive a reward for your level of contribution! Here are some of the rewards:
Be a part of Art Basel’s Crowdfunding and make a pledge to William Kentridge’s reverse graffiti on the Tiber River here.