BASE jump National Parks!
Funny look at a Ranger's dream of BASE jumping... "A collection of base jumps, filmed by Matt Laj & friends, edited to poke fun of the U.S National Park Service's stance on BASE jumping....
After the filming of vex 13 000 - skydive art project, I wanted to revisit the concept of painting in freefall. This time though, the focus was on capturing the destructive passage of time. Documenting how it slowly erased the work and images that I created, until they ultimately disappeared.
I wanted these designs to also have a connection to time, so I drew up these 3 images:
These designs were screen-printed onto fabric, hand painted, and sewed into streamers that would inflate in terminal velocity. They were then attached to 30lbs jugs that I held onto while skydiving, which slowly released paint onto the images. The paint continued to spill out with each second of freefall, until it devoured all 13 feet of fabric, leaving nothing left. My white gear also got covered. During the last jump the paint jug imploded and my right arm was covered in black paint.
The project was filmed in Arizona with Sara Curtis, Steve Curtis, Nik Daniel, Jason Peters, and myself. It is a unique piece incorporating art, painting and skydiving,
Note: I created unique wood pieces of the 3 images, along with hand printed (silk screened) & painted, limited edition prints of /30, on paper of each design. Prints are available for purchase through my online store, or ask me about the unique wood panel pieces.