Weve heard about artists seeking donations from fans of their artwork, but this latest story is just crazy. Qinmin Liu, a China-born artist living in the United States, is looking for patrons to help her purchase 50 of Apples super-pricy golden Apple Watch Edition devices for a piece of upcoming installation art.
Surprisingly, people are already using the artists Google Form to express their interest in the project. Though if youre interested enough to only offer $1, $10, or even $100 for Qinmin Lius work, think again: the project is seeking entire $10,000 donations for either a yellow gold or rose gold Apple Watch Edition, and anything less simply wont do. So long as 50 donations come through, Qinmin Lius project will go ahead this summer.
Qinmin said: Believe it or not, as an artist I couldnt care less about the technology and price. I care more about individual behaviours, and want to explore the relationship between desire and action. Theoretically, it all sounds interesting, but we cant help wondering: is anyone seriously going to donate to this project?
I put this question to my colleague Bryan Wolfe and he reminded me of the famous Million Dollar Homepage. Its also worth noting that folks have resorted to similar measures in order to pick up one of Cupertinos $10,000 Apple Watch Editions for themselves, too (with growing success, we might add). But entire $10,000 Apple Watch Edition donations are surely going to be harder to come by from anonymous members of the public.
Something from the artist’s portfolio.
You can find out more about the project by clicking this link, which will take readers over to the projects Google Form. As of this minute Qinmin Liu is seeking offers of donation, rather than actual donations, meaning no money should change hands at least, not yet. The artist is seeking 50 Apple Watch Edition offers by June 1, 2015, at which point the donation window will close.
Bizarre? Inspired? Let us know your thoughts on the project.