I write to you on behalf of the Mt. Baldy Expedition, a 21st century voyage of exploration. The Mt. Baldy Expedition is a mixed-media endeavor that utilizes the history of exploration as a model to investigate the experience of wonder and the act of commonplace exploration in daily life. Two American artists, James Barry and Hui-min Tsen, have begun a journey of quixotic proportions. Over the course of 2005 and 2006, Mr. Barry and Ms. Tsen are building a sailing dinghy, sailing from Chicago, Illinois, to Mt. Baldy, a sand dune in the Indiana Dunes Naitonal Lakeshore, "the once largest live sand mountain in the world." Mr. Barry and Ms. Tsen are also conducting a series of educational and performative events throughout 2005 and 2006 culminating in a traveling exhibit and lecture tour to share the findings of the Mt. Baldy Expedition with the world.
We of the Mt. Baldy Expedition wish to follow the example of leaders such as St. Francis of Assisi and Buster Keaton by affirming the importance of the individual and celebrating the commonplace. We humbly ask Your Holiness' blessing for our venture.
Most Respectfully Yours,
James Barry and Hui-min Tsen
The Mt. Baldy Expedition
Ut In Omnibus Glorificetur Deus