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More artists joining the cultural geocaches

The geocaching phenomenon continues to grow with more and more people arriving looking for the elusive geocache boxes hidden around the area. Geocaching as a “tourism resource” is definitely making itself felt in this area. There are now 20 cultural geocache boxes hidden in and around Barga and the Serchio valley which have already been been found and commented on by many people during the summer months.

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Barganews Cultural Geocaching once again is in the news with the recent intervention of David Lynch in the project at the opening of the Lucca Film Festival (article, video and many images here) and here in Barga another artist has just join the ranks of creatives already taking part with a series of specially designed drawings and illustrations.

This time it is Lara Pellegrini who wants to play and as you can hear in her interview recorded this evening in the barganews office, she is pretty excited about the whole affair.

GEOCACHING is an outdoor recreational activity, in which the participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.

A typical cache is a small waterproof container containing a logbook where the geocacher enters the date they found it and signs it with their established code name.

After signing into the log, the cache must be placed back exactly where the person found it. Larger containers such as plastic storage containers (Tupperware or similar) or ammunition boxes can also contain items for trading, usually toys or trinkets of little value.

The cultural geocaches of Barga are somewhat different as they in fact do contain objects of value.

The caches contain signed original artworks, drawings, charcoal drawings, prints and etchings by 42 artists working in this area.

There are also mini poems and short stories in Italian and Latin Professional musicians have prepared a series of cards containing QR codes which when scanned by smart phones will play music specially written for the project.

The music includes classic, jazz, piano, tango, rock and folk.

The project is an attempt to “raise the bar” on the level of objects which can be found and exchanged in geocaches.

We hope that the people who find these objects will enjoy them as much as we have in preparing them.

All of the articles we have published over the past 12 months about the cultural geocaching project can be seen here

Nicola Salotti talking about his participation in the geocaching project

Marco Poma talking about his participation in the geocaching project

Andrea Guzzoletti talking about his participation in the geocaching project

Nick Kraczyna talking about his participation in the geocaching project

Rory Wilmer talking about his participation in the geocaching project

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