Photo courtesy of The Site Unscene.
Los Angeles! On October 13th, 2011 The Site Unscene in conjunction with Brave New Foundation is proud to announce the launch of street activist LEBA’s public art project “PROJECT: REMEMBER, Giving the fallen soldiers of the Afghanistan war a voice.”
The project, which kicks off during The Downtown LA Art Walk atop five of Gallery Row’s tallest buildings, was created to raise awareness to and honor the lives of the US soldiers lost in Afghanistan. LEBA will lead five groups of volunteers in the evening hours of October 13th to release over 1600 balloons, each lit and tagged with the name of a fallen solider, from the rooftops of downtown LA. The impressively sized project is aimed at raising public awareness of the lives lost at war, and also to encourage public action to support and in engage in raising a voice to aide in return of the troops still in Afghanistan.
In addition to the balloon launch, The Loft Salon will be hosting a fundraising art show in conjunction with the project to raise money for the wounded soldiers at the Santa Fe Lofts, 560 S. Main Street, in the heart of the Downtown LA Art Walk. The show, which will be ground zero for the evening, will feature prominent and up & coming street artists from the Los Angeles area including Leba, Mear One, Destroy All Design, Lucky Bunny, Lexie Gehrke-Roach, Zombie, Mac DK, Insurgency Inc, Gregory Siff, Visual Narcotics, Dog Byte and more. and will run until 11:00pm the night of the project launch and is free to attend with art proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Project. The exhibition runs through November 5th.
LEBA, one of LA’s most politically aware and responsible artists, states his concerns and why he was motivated to create PROJECT: REMEMBER,
“It has taken 10 years, 1600 United States military dead, and over 1 million civilians killed, to kill one man, Osama Bin Laden. Now that we’ve got him, it’s time to heal our country. Let’s support our troops by bringing them home, to their families and lives, before we add one more balloon to the sky.”
In preparation of the event, Brave New Foundation has built a fundraising project to help fund and spread the word of the inspiring event and to aide in the American troops’ return. You can view and support this campaign here.
In addition to the fundraising project, interested parties can also support the cause by simply visiting the PROJECT: REMEMBER website at http://projectremember.us and sign a petition that will be sent to Congress to request the return of our troops to home soil.