AERIAL AMERICA - PROMOTION IN NEW YORK CITY (FEB 20-21) & LOS ANGELES (FEB 22-23)
SMITHSONIAN CHANNEL™ TO SUPPORT NEW SEASON OF AERIAL AMERICA
WITH PROMOTION IN NEW YORK CITY’S TIMES SQUARE AND THE GROVE IN
LOS ANGELES, FEATURING ART OF OF 3-D PAVEMENT ARTIST KURT WENNER
Wenner to Create 3-D Drawing of The Grand Canyon in Both Locations
New York February 20-21 and LA February 22-23
New Season of Aerial America Kicks Off February 23 on Smithsonian Channel
New York, February 17, 2014 - In support of the new season of Aerial America, the popular fly-over series on Smithsonian Channel, the art of 3-D pavement artist Kurt Wenner will be featured as part of a multi-tiered advertising and marketing campaign in New York and Los Angeles. Wenner will create the Grand Canyon in 3-D in New York’s Times Square, February 20-21 and The Grove of Los Angeles, February 22-23.
The public is invited take photos interacting with the artwork from “above” the Grand Canyon and post them to social media with the hashtag #aerialamerica. They can also follow along on social media at:
Facebook: Smithsonian Channel
Consumers can also play the “Where in America” trivia games at iPad kiosks set up on-site. They can also win a $5,000 Grand Prize sweepstakes at either location or online at http://aerialamericagame.com/sweeps .
The most expansive aerial series in U.S. television history returns as Smithsonian Channel’s AERIAL AMERICA takes flight with an all-new season beginning Sunday, February 23 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. This season, AERIAL AMERICA soars across the states of Texas, Idaho, Utah, Kentucky, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming.
First launched in 2008, AERIAL AMERICA is now 43 states into its epic quest to capture all 50 states from the air. Shot from a helicopter armed with a state-of-the-art Cineflex V-14 HD camera system, each episode uses breathtaking aerial cinematography to reveal what it is that makes each of the 50 U.S. states unique - from beautiful natural landmarks, to sites of important turning points in history, to fascinating locations far off the beaten path… and the rich variety of wildlife that call each U.S. state home.
Soaring all the way from Alaska’s Denali Base Camp to the sunlit beaches of the Florida Keys, AERIAL AMERICA offers the ultimate “bird’s eye view” of our nation, the compelling stories behind its rich history… and the seemingly endless beauty of its land.
Kurt Wenner is an artist with an international following. He is best known for his invention of 3-D pavement art. Wenner was inspired by anamorphic perspective, but had to invent an entirely new geometry in order to create his astonishing 3-D pavement art images. Wenner’s vision and personal quest for answers within the arts has been vigorously pursued. Enduring skill combined with a path to share his knowledge have made him a leader in the arts world.
From his early teen years, Wenner was interested in drawing the way the great masters did. He attended Rhode Island School of Design and Art Center College of Design to study with the best drawing teachers before working for NASA as an advanced scientific space illustrator. Although young and well ensconced in a professional position, in 1982 he left NASA for Italy in order to pursue his love of classical art.
For several years Wenner traveled extensively to experience the finest masterpieces and monuments throughout Europe. During this period he experimented with traditional paint media such as tempera, fresco, and oil paint, and, in order to finance his studies he took up pavement art. It was only a matter of months until he invented 3-D chalk painting.
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