What would you do if you suddenly received a box via mail, labeled FRAGILE: Contains Peace? How would you use it? Would you give it to someone else? Would you sell it? Would you just throw it away?
Such a box is exactly what painter Franck de Las Mercedes has been sending since May of 2006 to anyone who asks him, anywhere in the world, for free.
"The Priority Boxes" project is a public art series that seeks to provoke thought, to make people reconsider their ability to influence change, communicate through art and make art accessible to people from all walks of life.
Each box is the canvas for a unique abstract painting and is dedicated with a Fragile:" message. The project which started as an initiative to promote peace quickly evolved in to art movement with boxes containing a wide spectrum of emotions and abstract attributes such as Freedom, Love and Justice.
By using a box format painted on the outside, sent by mail, Franck aims to have people interact with a work of art, from the person requesting one, to the very first change of hands at the post office, all the way to its receiver. By holding and observing one, the recipient can consider what the box suggests it contains, realize the fragility of what they are holding, and in that relation become aware or activate their ability to take action and influence change. The boxes must be free, in order to reinforce and remind us that things like peace and hope are not only free but also a priority.
The series is funded by the artist, art sales, commissions, contributions and Handle with Care T-shirts. We are also proud to announce that for the next calendar year beginning May 1st 2008, all the paint used for the project will be donated by Pebeo Inc.
To request a "Priority Box":
Please include your name, address and tell us how did you hear about the project.
****Please, You can only request ONE box, and you can only request once *** Please do not add this e-mail address to any mailing list or contact list. It is only limited to box requests.
There is currently about a 4-8 week waiting period (international can take longer), and we can only send one box per requester / e-mail.
Boxes are sent out in the order requests are received.
Everyone who requests a box will definitely get one. Your patience is appreciated.
Once you receive the box please be sure to send pictures.
Webpage of this amazing artist where you can see some photos of the boxes and more things about him!: [link] (you can also send CONTRIBUTIONS via Paypal to keep this project going on!!)
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