A video from Gerben van Zevenbergen for RTV-Rijnmond
|TV-Rijnmond (a big local broadcast company in the region of Rotterdam) followed the last few days of I Will Win in the Schoonderloostudio’s in Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
|Working on the painting itself was really hard as it was very difficult to maintain the right perspective in the selfportrait.
|On my website www.erikvanloon.com you can see an old artist impression of my work from space. I made an artist impression from I Will Win in the Central Park with the help of Google Earth. In New York itself I choose for a better location. First of all because I couldn’t get a permit from the park authority (see also my problems with the artwork 9999 in New York), furthermore the new location was situated under a bridge so that also the 35.000 runners could see the artwork and the bridge was located at the famous 20th mile.
|A videostill of I Will Win from the ceiling of the Schoonderloostudio in Rotterdam.
|I just arrived in New York and I don’t have money for a cab. So I had to transfer on some parts the 165 pound over the pavements to get the painting to my hotel via the subway.
|Anthony Riccio reads the frontpage of the Havenloods. He almost immediately agree with my request to show I Will Win at his huge yard. He only request a liability insurance.
|It was very difficult for me as foreigner to arrange a liability insurance for I Will Win.
|Several people recognized me, the most terrible moment was a flash mob of at least 20 students at Broadway.
|I posted by hand press letters to get attention of all big new, opinion papers and RTV-programs.
|At the NY Times I just talked for a while with an art editor.
|The next day I had an interview with journalists of the New York Post.
|The journalist of TV Rijnmond asked me if I had still confidence in the final event as we were all afraid that Anthony Riccio will forbid us to show I Will Win at his yard if I could not show a valid liability insurance. He asked me about this after I learned that a liability in insurance would cost me $ 2000,- which I didn’t had.
|On Friday, two days for the big exhibition the NY Post printed the interview. Although this was not the main reason that Anthony Riccio allowed me to show I Will Win at his yard. When I installed I Will Win on his yard he told the TV Rijnmond journalist:
“He is just full of energy. I mean I have never seen a person so interested and devoted to what he is doing. So how do you say no to that. You don’t”
|With Elin Anna I just finished the installation I Will Win. The next day the volunteers painted the wooden frame in order to present the painting I Will Win like a museum piece.
|The volunteer coordinator said after the fifth helicopter to the journalist. Like a meeting of helicopters. A party. With as reaction (from the journalist): A helikopter party!
|I run the marathon without much problems the 8 months training I took to run the marathon was sufficient but to my disappointment I Will Win was not broadcast to the homes of 125 million people in 85 countries. So I immediately decided to go next year again.
Actually, I Will Win stands for my fight to reach my goals. See my statement.