Calling all painters, photographers, printmakers and writers of all stripes. Today we’re officially launching our year-long 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project. Based on Hokusai’s 36 Views of Mt. Fuji (see slide show above), we’re looking to explore the myriad ways that Pikes Peak draws our entire listening area together and defines us. What we love about Hokusai’s 36 Views (which are actually comprised of 46 prints total) is the way in which he uses Mt. Fuji to see and unite some of the myriad facets of Japanese culture in the early 1800s. In other words, Mt. Fuji is seldom the subject, but the excuse—an early conceptual premise (that inspired the impressionists) with which to narrate a much larger story about class, society, values and aesthetics. We plan to spend the next year thinking about Pikes Peak in the same way and hope you’ll join us. As such, please email us your ideas, images and writings to thebigsomething@krcc.org or post them to Twitter with the hastag #36viewsofpikespeak, and we’ll post them on KRCC’s website, Facebook and Twitter feed throughout the year as we collectively consider the role of “America’s Mountain” in all our lives. That said, we want to encourage you to think about Pikes Peak beyond the postcard images framed between a juniper and the Gateway rocks at Garden of the Gods and the purple mountain majesty. Look carefully through Hokusai’s images and consider the times we live in now. At the end of it all we hope to have an exhibition and, if all goes well, some kind of exchange with one of our sister cities, Fujiyoshida, which sits at the base of Mt. Fuji.

Here are a few images we hope will inspire you to get started:

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13 Responses to 36 Views of Pikes Peak Project

  1. Where do we submit our photos?

  2. Corinne says:

    “[...] think about Pikes Peak beyond the postcard images framed between a juniper and the Gateway rocks at Garden of the Gods and the purple mountain majesty. Look carefully through Hokusai’s images and consider the times we live in now.” I’ve been wanting to see this exhibit my whole life!

  3. Noel Black says:

    Corinne, thanks! Hope you’ll submit and image, some writing or an idea. Cheers! Noel

  4. jmp says:

    The Ormes & Houdek Pikes Peak Atlas is the definitive regional trail map. Hand drawn and privately published, this is a flagship of the kind of cartography that is rapidly fading from our digital one-map-fits-all world view. Art by any measure. I think Houdek’s still in town. You should reach out to him.

  5. nydiateter says:

    Beautiful project! Thanks for making this available to participate in and watch grow.

  6. michael comora says:

    HI, i was wondering if you received my , i think, three images a few weeks ago.
    thanks, Michael

  7. Dave Meyers says:

    Hey Noel,

    Great idea…..I sent you an image via your Big Something Email address….Hope that you can use it.

  8. Fun project. I struggled with getting your email address to except some of my big photo files. Some of the files/emails were rejected, but I am not sure which ones got through to you?

  9. Tobi steinberg says:

    I e-mailed a photo this morning.. Hope you will use it.. Thanx, Tobi

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