The goal of The Found Painting Project is to offer some inspiration, joy, or a bright spark of surprise to someone else's day. Each original painting is 3x4 inches in size and carries with it an invitation to take it home, information about the project, and a way to connect online. Secured with a nail and sealed in a plastic bag, the paintings are protected from the elements until they are found. Since the project launch last summer, I have created 115 paintings and hung them in 12 states and numerous cities.
With a grant of $1,000 from the Awesome Foundation, I will bring 60 paintings to diverse communities across the city of Madison in public areas such as parks, bus stops, shopping districts, nature paths, or other areas where people tend to walk or congregate. Funding will cover the expense of the paintings ($840) as well as my travel costs from Chicago ($160). I plan to spend the next several months creating 60 original paintings specifically for Madison, and hang them over a weekend in late summer.
Please visit The Found Painting Project website (www.foundpainting.com) to read more and see what people are saying about their experience finding a painting. More about my work as an artist and painting images from The Found Painting Project can be found at www.chaiwolfman.com.
Funded by Madison, WI (July 2015)