08/08/08: red flares for Tibet joined by red candles all over the world
July 23, 2008
July 22, 2008
Friday August 8 at 1 pm, hundreds of red flares will be lit on top of
mountains, hills, skyscrapers, and other monuments in Europe, America
(North and South) and Asia.
This will be the second (and final) step of project Sad Smoky
Mountains, conceived by Alberto Peruffo and Fattoria Artistica
Antersass. One day earlier, on August 7, people around the world will
also light a candle in solidarity with the people of Tibet.
The two initiatives, Sadsmokymountains.net and candle4tibet.org have
now merged to send an even stronger message, creating a "Light
Protest" on a world scale.
Interestingly enough, the final ignition happens to take place not
only on the Chinese Olympics inauguration, but also on a date that
spells out 08/08/08.
Number eight is very important to Buddhists. Right Association; Right
Knowledge; Right Effort; Right Mindfulness; Right Speech, Right
Behavior, Right Absorption and the Right Livelihood are the 8 truths
of the Dharma wheel.
You might recall ExWeb's story Eighteen-fold Path to Chomolungma
Nirvana -- the Routes of Mount Everest where Pete Poston borrows from
Siddhartha Gautama's Noble Eightfold Path describing the way to
understanding the truth about all things. Together with the Four
Noble Truths it constitutes the gist of Buddhism.
Find details on Sadsmokymountains.net if you want to join. All it
takes is a red flare or a red candle, a camera and...the right effort!
Berlin, Paris, New York, Rome - Italian artist/climber Alberto
Peruffo wants red flares lit in all these cities. The simple civil
action will result in a monumental work of art and you are invited:
lit a red flare on a high terrace or roof of any skyscraper, ancient
architectural structure or tall building anywhere in the world. Send
the pic to Alberto.
The title of the resulting poster will be "Lit Your Own Flame" and
the manifest, along with other art forms planned for the event, will
be an alternative to the Chinese Olympic torch, with the red smoke
around the world aimed to show global support for human rights and Tibet.
The project has grown into a mega event. On May 11 - in the first
ignition phase - more than 100 summits were involved.
Final Ignition is set for the official Olympics inauguration day,
August 8th, 2008, regardless of weather. At 1 pm local time,
synchronized (as far as possible) flares will smoke from mountains
tops, hills, in cities, on and around monuments.
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