Tuesday, March 15, 2011

The one and only reason I wish I were in Los Angeles right now

Although I'm really not an LA kind of guy, I wish I could be in the City of Angels this coming weekend. The reason: That's when Giant Robot's "Water Works" exhibition, which will benefit UNICEF and child victims of the earthquake in Japan, will kick off at the GR2 Gallery.

One of the many pieces that will be displayed--and likely sold--during the exhibition is Jude Buffum's Super Mario Bros.-inspired "Minus World."

On Flickr, the Philadelphia-based Buffum says that 100 percent of the proceeds from the sale will be donated to UNICEF.

While we're on the subject of helping the folks in Japan, Sean over at famicomblog.blogspot.com recently committed himself (in this post) to donating his entire gaming budget for the next year to a charitable organization helping his compatriots.

I don't really have a gaming budget (much to my husband's chagrin), but I am going to donate some money to this cause. If you'd like to do the same, and if you're at all uncomfortable giving money to the Red Cross, a good choice seems to be Doctors Without Borders, which allocates more than 85 percent of donated funds to program activities.


Viewtiful_Justin said...

That image...who'd have thought that 25 years after its release, Super Mario Bros would still be relevant enough to be used in social commentary? It boggles the mind.

Bryan Ochalla said...

I agree, Justin! It helps, of course, that Jude seems to be quite an artist, with a great mind and eye. I'm *really* going to have to get one of his pieces some day...

Sean said...

Nice bit of artwork there!

And thanks again - Doctors Without Borders is a great organization and I believe they've already got people on the ground here providing medical aid!

Bryan Ochalla said...

Sean: If you like this piece, you should check out some of Jude's others. I really like his stuff.

As for the rest of the post -- thank *you* for helping point me in the right direction. Doctors Without Borders definitely has people in Japan at the moment, according to their website.

Fingers, toes and everything else crossed that you guys get some good news -- and soon.