This film was sponsored by Steemit Inc. through a Crowdsourced Marketing Initiative designed to empower community oriented projects and ideas surrounding the Steem blockchain. The physical construction of planters, furniture and installation of the STEEM Park project was funded entirely through cryptocurrency earned on Steemit.
What is STEEM Park?
STEEM Park is a public garden designed and funded exclusively through Steemit.com, a social media website that rewards impactful content with digital currency (STEEM). This garden within Herbert von King Park represents an entirely new way to empower community projects and celebrate special places within our neighborhoods. The project was created and executed by designers Kirk Finkel ( @voronoi ) and Michael Lee ( @hansikhouse ), co-founders of the Steemit Incubator @sndbox.
- When? : STEEM Park opened July 16th, 2017
- Where? : Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn, New York.
Why is STEEM Park important?
STEEM Park is the first public design project fully funded by cryptocurrency. The physical components of the project were financed 100% by blogging rewards and engaging with the Steemit community; no private USD donations or municipal support was provided. In short, it is the first public-interest project supported completely by public interest. STEEM Park is a proof-of-concept that local community projects can be initiated and sustained through a global attention economy.
Upvotes = STEEM, the digital currency tied to Steemit.com. With the rewards of each blog post, the @sndbox design team was able to purchase materials, fabricate furniture and assemble STEEM Park.
The @sndbox team raised money through blog posts and cryptocurrency donations. This strategy funded the design, prototyping, fabrication, installation and collateral production of the project. The site for STEEM Park is Herbert Von King Park in Brooklyn, NY. Over the course of 30 blog posts, @sndbox wrote about the history and story of the neighborhood, local community leaders, design process and final installation. Using the narrative of place, the team raised an equivalent of $10,000 USD.
Furniture and planters in STEEM Park all have sponsors (those who donated Steem or Steem Dollars directly). The STEEM Park project was a success due to an outpouring of support from "Steemians" all across the globe (listed below). Their upvotes and direct donations translated directly to funding for furniture, events, park maintenance, beautification and restoration for a neighborhood in need.
@steemitblog @andrarchy @surfermarly @fulltimegeek @dylanhobalart @gardenlady @good-karma @virtualgrowth @clayop @thejohalfiles @natureofbeing @steemed @abdullar @prufarchy @hansikhouse @voronoi @heymattsokol @orenshani7 @meesterboom @yogi.artist @madlenfox @da-dawn @kanedizzle08 @vip @lighthil @inphiknit @airmatti @velimir @leesongyi @preparedwombat @dwolfe @cassidyandfranks @lovejoy
What is Steemit and STEEM?
Steemit is the social media website supported by the STEEM blockchain. The website allows content creators and curators to earn STEEM (a digital "crypto" currency) through blogging and curating content. Learn more - https://steemit.com/
What is Sndbox?
- Steemit Inc. - ( @ned ) and the Crowdsourced Marketing Initiative
- Andrew Levine - ( @andrarchy ) Steemit Community Liaison
- Wayne Devonish - Founder of the Herbert Von King Conservancy
- TTG FILMS (The Timelapse Group) - Shiseido Ruiz, Noel Cordero, Garrett Bates
- Ryu Kim - ( @mintvilla ) Von King Park Development Associate
- Brian Chu and Conor Coghlan - Principals of A05 Studio
- Gabriela Trueba - Founder of WOMP 3D Fabrication Studio
What’s next for STEEM Park? @mintvilla is currently designing wayfinding signage for the Park and will be using blogging rewards to continue beautification initiatives. Stay tuned for more updates on the Park and a director’s commentary of the film and process of creating it. Thank you to the whole Steemit Community for your continued enthusiasm and support in making this concept a reality.