A United States Coast Guard Lieutenant and His Bride Talking to Their Priest Shortly Before the Wedding Ceremony While Other Coast Guard Officers Watch Suspiciously as a Nordic Walking Enthusiast Approaches Them.

This cache is the first example of CacheArt - a new form of public art initiating an innovative approach to art practice reflecting current trends in interdisciplinary contemporary culture and society. CacheArt is initiated by artist Kristaps Gulbis and offers everyone the possibility of seeking contemporary artworks, finding and discovering them worldwide within the system of Geocaching.

CacheArt facilitates access to contemporary art, fosters creation of experimental visual art projects in public space, while seeking innovative solutions for breaking down elitism in artistic and cultural space. This is done through openness and accessibility, emphasizing the importance of visual art in contemporary culture and focusing on different social groups with diverse social, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds often excluded from visual art venues.

CacheArt aims to promote contemporary art not dominating over the environment, but fostering instead a sensitive and personal dialogue with the visitor and respecting the interests of other users of public space.

The idea of CacheArt is searching for a balance between the creative freedom of artistic interventions in public space and the interests of the majority. The goal is to introduce a wide audience to contemporary artworks in a personal and democratic way using technology as mean of communication for locating the artwork, not necessarily the media for the production of the artwork itself.

Because of the public nature and democratic approach of placing the artworks (locations chosen by artists themselves), CacheArt can be considered a modern version of graffiti art. However, there are distinct ideological differences. The philosophy of CacheArt is to respect the needs and interests of the majority and cultivate a sensitive approach to the environment, establishing new links between art professionals and the general public.

About Governors Island

Governors Island, a 172 acre island in the heart of New York Harbor, is only 800 yards from Lower Manhattan, and even closer to Brooklyn. It is a world unto itself, unique and full of promise.

For almost two centuries, Governors Island was a military base – home to the US Army and later the Coast Guard, and closed to the public. In 2003 the federal government sold 150 acres of Island to the people of New York, with the Island’s governance and funding jointly shared by the City of New York and State of New York. The remaining 22 acres of the Island was declared the Governors Island National Monument that is overseen by the National Park Service.

In April 2010, Mayor Bloomberg and Governor Paterson reached an agreement on the future of Governors Island. The City of New York is now responsible for Governors Island and created the Trust for Governors Island, the organization charged with the operations,

Kristaps Gulbis
Riga Latvia