She has gotta go back to the hangar for some TLC before being retro-fitted for her next role...whatever and wherever, that may be.
Think turn-of-the-century Industrial Revolution in modern times… the flying machines of the early 1900s …an animal that shouldn’t fly…. Our approach was to create a giant SteamPig in the vein of “steampunk” or a mix of turn-of-the-last century architecture with elements of the Industrial Revolution. “Percy” is a celebration of the machinist mentality and ingenuity of the period, when steam engines propelled the railroad and the seemingly limitless boundaries of the Industrial Revolution captivated the imagination of geniuses like Jules Verne and H.G. Wells.
This sculpture is roughly 55-feet long from stem-to-stern, 25-feet high, and 25-feet wide, not including the nearly 10-foot tall main mast. She runs with two main masts and an aft-rigged-driver at full sail. We have inverted the wood-planked hull and included the gears of a faux working steam engine inside the exposed open framework of the lower hull. The beast-machine has illuminated eyes. “Percy” is suspended by four steel footings.
Parsifal the SteamPig was located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, MI, and was installed in front of The B.O.B. (Big Old Building), a very popular five story 100 year old warehouse that houses several bars and restaurants.
As with any gravity-defying project, we need cash. We need to pay off our vendors, rebuild a couple valves, jet fuel, flying-pig insurance, general pampering of the porcine, etc. We also hope is to find an new roost for Parsifal and we hope it is close to home port. Thanks for checking our kickstarter project.
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3 coloring pages for the wee ones. Parsifal was a big hit with kids and these line drawings should give your budding steampig pilot some creative outlets - whether with crayons, markers or whatever medium suits the young artist... (image files sent as .pdfs for you to printout)Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Wallpaper images for your laptop or desktop... keep Parsifal the SteamPig flying proud on your computer screen (we'll send you a collection of images as .jpgs for your screen)Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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2 Color SteamPig T Shirt. The only t shirt that makes one-color steam pig t shirt owners jealous. AND 3 pins, sticker + a signed SteamPig postcard.Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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The Everything+ Package. For those of you who can't decide which of the rewards you really need the most... get one of each for a total of two t shirts and the set of pins AND a 11"x17" poster signed by the artists themselves!Estimated delivery: Jan 2012
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Drama Package, because this sculpture is nothing if not dramatic! A 20"x30" signed poster, 25-minute documentary DVD of "The Making of Parsifal, the SteamPig" with YOUR NAME in the credits and the never-ending gratitude of the artists. AND a 5 collector pin set + a 2 color t'Estimated delivery: Jan 2012