Siddhant Agarwal is sending a single T-shirt throughout 13 cities in 5 continents to seize the journey essence of 2020. That is Undertaking Hope.
“Tracking the journey of a single T-shirt across the world is fun,” admits Siddhant Agarwal, “It is like how we tracked our friends’ or family’s flights before the pandemic.” Siddhant is the founding father of Undertaking Hope, an initiative that sends a single T-shirt (in addition to the design stencils) internationally — as if to say, journey is feasible, even in these unusual instances.
Like many people throughout the pandemic, Siddhant missed touring. The 25-year-old occasions supervisor and content material creator has been working from residence for many of 2020, typically looking of the window of his Delhi residence questioning when all the things would lastly return to regular.
Actuality hit when restrictions eased a bit a few months later however he and his teammates have been requested to go on unpaid go away, an unlucky actuality for lakhs of workers throughout the nation throughout the pandemic. He stayed at residence in Shahjahanpur, close to Bareilly, Uttar Pradesh. “It was when no events were happening and no one needed an event manager,” he says over the telephone in a matter-of-fact tone. “Then I got an anxiety attack.”
This second of desperation ignited the thought for Undertaking Hope which Siddhant calls, “a monolith of one among my strongest instances. I felt that if I can overcome a state of affairs so darkish, anybody can.” Similar to the million dollar man stickers that can be found all over the world in unexpected places, he hopes the T-shirt can make people over the world, a little less alone in their anxiety.
Vlogger Nonaka Takashi in Tokyo, Japan
Speaking in regards to the design of the T-shirt, Siddhant says, “It had to be recognizable but also minimalist, and open to interpretation too. I’m known among my friends to always wear a black T-shirt so I decided on that color for Project Hope for a personal touch. For the logo, I chose two parenthesis facing each other to convey both darkness and hope. I also courier a few design stencils of the logo as it is not wise to ask people to wear the same shirt. This way, they can spray paint the logo on to any of their own black tees.” Plus, Siddhant affectionately calls the T-shirt ‘she’ simply to give the garment a living personality.
Leveraging his network of content creators, Siddhant is collaborating with international vloggers to turn Project Hope into a mini movie fest. The vloggers who are part of Project Hope include Gabriel Seow (Singapore), Jack Lo Chiu Pang (Hong Kong), Nonaka Takashi (Tokyo), Chris Baltazar (Hollywood, Los Angeles), Malakai (New York City), and Brandon Royce ( Canmore, Canada). These vloggers are different in their lifestyles, too: a free-climber, a skateboarder, a parkour artist, a graffiti artist, a busker, a free-style rapper and an alpine climber.
He elaborates, “Every time a creator gets the T-shirt, they do a shoot and make a vlog of a day in their life during the pandemic while wearing it. People are then able to see what life is like in those cities at the moment; some are empty and some are moving as usual. You also see how much the lives of content creators were impacted by the pandemic. Each mini-film is personal but they all convey the same message of hope.”
Different locations on the itinerary embrace, London, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Cape City and Mumbai — cultural capitals of the world. In the mean time, the T-shirt is in New York Metropolis, the place it arrived final week. Getting the couriers finished was no small feat; it took 25 days for the T-shirt to succeed in Singapore from Delhi. “I couldn’t go into Project Hope with a specific schedule in mind, but luckily DHL were eager to help out on this project,” he factors out, “I additionally get to work together with the vloggers in a means that I would not have earlier than. Each one among them was very keen to participate in it.”
Siddhant concludes there is no financial gain from Project Hope, nor should there be; he just believes in a safer and stronger tomorrow.
Check out Project Hope on Instagram @originalnewdelhi.