Funding Friday: William Kentridge On The Tiber River

So I’ve decided to start up another friday theme (fun friday, feature friday, etc) called Funding Friday. I will post projects of all sorts (not just Kickstarter) that are seeking funding that I think are worthy.

We will start with an ambitious art project that is closing today.

The renown artist William Kentridge will create a mural called “Triumphs and Laments” over Rome’s Tiber River and is using Kickstarter to help fund the effort.

Here’s the video:

This is the kind of project that Kickstarter was created to support. Public art is the best kind of art, open, free, and available to all.

I backed this project when it first launched and I urge all of you to join me in helping to get this project over the line and funded.

You can do that here.


Comments (Archived):

  1. JimHirshfield

    Cool side project.

  2. awaldstein

    If I may channel you for a sec Fred–YESSSSS!

  3. William Mougayar

    Another good reason to go to Rome, aside that the best coffee in the world is at San Eustachio.ok . done it. a piu tarde.

    1. awaldstein

      there is no need for another reason to every go to rome–so rocks as a wine scene outside of ny and paris

  4. panterosa,

    Wow, it’s so big. I can’t wait to see it.I just came back from a few days helping an artist friend prepare for a show. I miss making art, and it was a welcome relax from my own work.We need artists to dream. We need the Zaha’s to push our minds to bigger spaces.Art isn’t just a fortune cookie, the thing, it’s the fortune it opens inside us when we see it.

    1. ShanaC

      i saw the terrible news. She was too young to leave us.

      1. panterosa,

        and too brave to leave us. What a massive role model for women – an Iraqi Brit woman who said she was simply an architect. Yes, exactly how it should be in a world of equality not defined as female, or foreign. Zaha was, and is, an architect known as an iconoclast, radical thinker. Rock on.

  5. Tom Labus

    so amazing and wonderful

  6. David Semeria

    I love this project, but unfortunately the banjo music was a deal breaker for me.I kept expecting Burt Reynolds to come floating down the Tiber in a canoe with his bow and arrow.

    1. Kirsten Lambertsen


      1. David Semeria

        We should launch a new Kickstarter to ban banjo music in Kickstarter videos. If we really wanted to be hip, we could put banjo music in our ban the banjo video to make a cool meta point — or something…

        1. panterosa,

          so meta it might work

          1. David Semeria

            Or the universe might fold in on itself and collapse….But I reckon it’s worth the risk.

        2. Donna Brewington White

          Your second sentence… I like the way you think Semeria. Although, personally, the banjo music was a nice contrast for me. Maybe I’m a little bit countryDid the music in the second part of the video pass your test?I read your comment before watching the video so perhaps was more attuned to the music. In Part 2 I thought the music was a great backdrop and added to the artistic experience — they killed it. Loved the disparate genres.

          1. David Semeria

            Thanks BW. I think it’s great you think it’s great how I think.

  7. Twain Twain

    Great project to support. Shared it with my friend. He owns a place near Spanish Steps with these views towards Tiber and paintings of the types of ‘Triumphs and Laments’ Kentridge is doing.Kentridge’s project is also reminiscent of ‘War Horse’ production and classical Japanese origami fused with Rorschach. Plus the regeneration aspect and putting the compound deposits from the pollution to use makes Kentridge’s medium really distinctive.

  8. ShanaC

    <3 <3 <3(I have a deep love for william kentridge)