If you’ve ever laid eyes on the wild spaces of Bears Ears or Grand Staircase Escalante, then you know the grandeur, the awe and the connections these places inspire. Untouched, these lands are rich with cultural treasures and stories that the majority of us do not fully understand. Now that they are unprotected, we may never understand. What a loss, a heartbreaking reality, but hopefully a reality we can work to change. At the heart of it, 85for85 is a collaborative effort towards that change.
In December 2017, the administration made the largest reduction of protected land in all of history by reducing Bears Ears National Monument by 85% and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument by 50%. This beautiful area was just slashed open to use by different industries without careful consideration of their effect. 85for85 was ignited by an inability to turn a blind eye and fueled with passion for these places. We decided to call upon others who shared this passion and use what tools we had, our artistic voices, to make a statement. With 85 different artistic expressions of our hearts for these public lands, we have come together with one voice to speak for the proverbial 85%.
Our main mission is to raise awareness about the state of Bears Ears, Grand Staircase Escalante, and other endangered wild spaces and also to raise funds to help support the organizations that are fighting the administration’s decision to reduce these two monuments. To do so we have created a collection of different artistic pieces dedicated to this issue and poured them into a limited edition book to share with the world. Every bit of proceeds gained through the sale of this book will be donated to The Wilderness Society, one of the many organizations that have filed a lawsuit in defense of Bears Ears and GSE.
We know this is a small effort, but it is one backed by heart. With that we believe that all of our voices, including yours, coming together as one, can indeed make a change. So, raise your voice with us and let it be heard - protect public lands!
The 85for85 Art Book is 100 pages of original artwork by artists from around the country available for pre-sale only until June 3, so pre-order yours right here. Right now you can get yours at an early-bird rate.We are so grateful for your support!