By copyrighting his property as an artwork, he has prevented oil companies from drilling on it.
Peter Von Tiesenhausen has developed artworks all over his property in northern Alberta. There’s a boat woven from sticks that is gradually being reclaimed by the land; there is a fence that he adds to each year of his life, and there are many “watching” trees, with eyes scored into their bark.
Oil interests pester him continually about drilling on his land. His repeated rebuffing of their advances lead them to move toward arbitration. They made it very clear that he only owned the top 6 inches of soil, and they had rights to anything underneath. He then, off the top of his head, threatened them that he would sue damages if they disturbed his 6 inches, for the entire property is an artwork. Any disturbance would compromise the work, and he would sue.
Immediately after that meeting, he called a lawyer (who is also an art collector) and asked if his intuitive threat would actually hold legally. The lawyer visited, saw the scope of the work on the property, and wrote a document protecting the artwork.
The oil companies have kept their distance ever since.
This is but one example of Peter’s ability to negotiate quickly on his feet, and to find solutions that defy expectations.
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McKellen Me Softly is happening!
Artists, get drawing!
Non-artists, tell your artist friends!
Geeks OUT is seeking original works of art inspired by Ian McKellen. Feel free to depict him in one of his many famous roles, one of his lesser-known performances, or just dress him up as the character he plays in your own fanfics. Use your imagination! All media types are welcome. Display space will be limited, so please keep the size under 24”x36”.
When your masterpiece is complete, send a JPG of the artwork to email@example.com along with your name, contact information, website url, and a brief 100-word bio. If selected, we’ll contact you to arrange shipping details. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2014.
More at mckellenmesoftly.com
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Awesome originals for sale by Rachel E Morris!
I finally put some more originals up on my store for your perusal~ keep in mind that I have no particular attachment to anything that I make so even if something is not up on there, as long as it is not fanart it’s probably up for grabs (provided I still have it) so feel free to drop me a line and ask. Reblogs are always very appreciated; thank you so much for reading ♥