In the spring of 2017, I had the opportunity to submit some artwork to a fundraiser put on at Ironworks, a rock climbing gym in Berkeley, CA. My friend Michael was working for Sufferfest Beer, one of the vendors for the event, and also knew the manager of the gym, so he proposed to use some of my artwork for the silent auction. Thanks to him, I was able to participate.
The fundraiser was for the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation, named after one of the best alpinists of his time, and best friend of fellow climber Conrad Anker. Lowe was killed in an avalanche in 1999 at age 40. Among one of the many focuses of the foundation is the goal of teaching safe climbing techniques to sherpas in remote regions of Nepal.
The Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation (ALCF) is dedicated to preserving Alex Lowe's legacy by providing direction and financial support to sustainable, community-based humanitarian programs designed to help the people who live in remote regions of the world. This foundation carries on Alex's spirit of adventure.
At the event, Conrad Anker would be joined by Alex Honnold to discuss the foundation’s mission, do a Q and A, and raise money via a silent auction. I was lucky enough to contribute two pixel art pieces, one of each of the athletes, each printed on metal. They would be autographed by the athletes and then sold in the silent auction with all proceeds going to the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.
Here are the pieces I created. I'm going to walk through my process in the following posts.