Without a Doubt, the Coolest Project Ever(you want to read this if your a writer, artist, or budding film-maker)
I’ll admit right off the hop that I’ve got a personal interest in this project, because 2 of my good friends Christian Forestell (people always think we're brothers) and Chad Parrish (just a little shout-out) are involved at the highest level. But I’d still think it was one of the most interesting things I’ve ever seen, no matter who was involved. If that didn't get your attention, this will. The project is happening on an island in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. When you're done reading this Hub, watch the video by my buddy Christian, he's a pretty amazing guy, but don't tell him I said that.
The project is called Bikini Lines and here is a direct quote from the website bikinilines.net. “Bikini Lines is a proposed massive, mixed media installation inspired by the lack of standardized nuclear disaster reporting, in particular the panic that set in over Tokyo following the March 2011 Earthquake, Tsunami and subsequent meltdown.”
The idea is to create the world’s largest painting, a painting that will be seen on Google Earth once it’s finished. The proposed site for such a painting is the Cactus Dome in the Marshall Islands, a 350-foot-wide crater created by an 18kiloton nuclear test done by the US military in the 1950’s. In all, they conducted 105 atmospheric nuclear tests in the surrounding area between 1946 and 1962. In the late 1970’s, the US military needed somewhere to store the waste from their tests, so they dug it up and dumped it in the crater, and covered it with a foot and a half of cement. What resulted was a 100,000 square foot dome, consisting of 358 concrete slabs that would become known as the Cactus Dome. You’d think that a place like this would be dangerous, but it has been declared safe and is exactly the kind of place you’d go to help people better understand nuclear energy and dispel some of the hysteria around the 2011 disaster at Fukishima.
The plan is to go there and create a painting that will draw attention to the disaster in 2011 and benefit the people that were affected by it. A documentary will be made of the project, with 100% of the profits being donated to the Ashinaga Foundation, a charity that helps orphaned children achieve an education.
Here’s the cool part for all you creative types out there; the artists and desigers, budding film makers, photographers and writers. The plan is to use social media to get the word out and makeup the crew. You can be a part of this history-making project by submitting your proposals and winning a spot on that crew. How cool would it be to say you are the artist who created the world’s largest painting? Or be able to brag that you were part of the production staff that produced the documentary? Pretty damn cool if you ask me, that’s an accomplishment I could ride the rest of my life.
I myself, put in a submission to be the projects writer, and even though I expect far better writers than me will involve themselves, I’m proud to say that I made the shortlist for February. There’s just so much history surrounding the site for the project that I can’t fit it all in here. Trust me, once you go check it out, you’ll find that a couple hours has gone by and you’re still learning more about the site and the Bikini Lines project.
We’re talking about being part of HISTORY, people, in one way or another. So go checkout the website and submit an entry to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a part of HISTORY. Even if you’re not interested in participating creatively, you can still donate to the cause, or help spread the word on your blog, Twitter, Facebook or any other social media avenue you may have. There are plenty of cool products and souvenirs you can qualify for by making a donation. Personally, I’m thinking of donating $505 and getting one of the 358 working drawing they’ll be using on site.
You’ll find a lot more information than I can give you in this one Hub, without making it 10,000 words, at bikinilines.net,.Look for them on Twitter, Facebook and all over the internet, and help spread the word.