In addition to the many ways of donating funds to the Red Cross and other relief organizations in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, benefit editions are already being offered as a way of raising funds for cleanup and rebuilding efforts. Earlier this week gallerist Jen Bekman's online prints outlet 20×200 launched a benefit print -- a NASA satellite image of Earth the day before the storm hit the mid-Atlantic (detail above, with prices ranging from $60-2,400) -- sales of which will all go to benefit the American Red Cross's Sandy relief efforts, and this morning new media artist Man Bartlett launched a Sandy relief photo edition of his own.
Bartlett's print, "Pedestals (Totem)," is available for $50 within the U.S. and shows an Ellsworth Kelly-esque column of pedestals that the artist created in his studio at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts during a residency there. The temporary sculpture stretches up towards a skylight, an optimistic image in such a dark moment. Half of the proceeds from sales of the print will go to Sandy relief efforts, the artist writes, while "the other 50% will go towards paying my November rent."