The Chinese terracotta army re-created as lego men.
I'm re-introducing an installation / sculpture project through Kickstarter that will make a re-creation of the terracotta warriors in the form of lego people. The figures will be displayed in glass vessels with lids. This will help deter the possibilities of theft during exhibitions (I figured thousands of lego men laying around, theft is definitely a possibility). The glass vessels/jars will also act as a representation of a time capsule. being that the original terracotta warriors were 'locked away' and not discovered for thousands of years, I thought it would be interesting to show my version of the terracotta warriors locked away as well. The jars would also act as a means to show the repetition of the figures. I originally considered the possibilities of re-creating the entire terracotta scene (the horses, chariots, etc) but thought later that it would take away from the repetition of the work of art as a whole.
Background on the story:
I originally made six of the figures as a joke because I work in clay a lot and I thought it would be a comical idea. An art peer who I studied with in college mentioned that it would be awesome to have thousands of them, a literal "thousand strong terracotta army!" At first I kind of shrugged the idea off as a joke. I continued thinking about it, however, and a few weeks later decided that I needed to try to make it a reality. The project will create a minimum of one thousand terracotta lego warriors.
Well, it could. This project was offered not too long ago and was unable to receive full funding. I decided to try again and made some adjustments in the price and goal levels. The booklet from the last project is still included, but so far will be a much smaller size compared to what was originally planned.
Where do the funds go?
The funds raised through here will help with some of the expenses with buying the terracotta clay, firing the clay (I don't have a kiln so I need to pay per fire), buying slips and glazes, construction/display costs, book production, as well as transportation and installation fees.
What's in it for you?
As a contributor, you are entitled to rewards! Several rewards have been set-up, ranging from personal thank yous, to hand-signed postcards, limited edition book runs, as well as pieces of the art itself. Interested in a reward that isn't offered? Make a suggestion and maybe it will become a reality.
The Fine Print:
As many previous Kickstarter contributors know, the money raising works on an all-or-nothing basis: either 100% is raised or the funds are cancelled.
What will happen of the finalized project?
The final project will be toured around with some of my other art shows that I have throughout the year. I am interested in possibly showing the finished piece at the Grand Rapids Art Prize, as well.
About the Artist:
I have been working professionally in the arts for the last decade. originally a painter, I changed my concentration towards printmaking about five years away when I first had to take it for a requirement in a college course. Since then, I have worked mainly in printmaking and ceramics (both hand-built and wheel thrown). My artwork is featured in the permanent collections of several museums i the United States and throughout the world including the Detroit Institute of Arts in Detroit, Michigan (a top 5 museum in the U.S.), as well as in Japan, China, Wales, England, Cyprus, Malaysia... and many other countries. My work is in private collections throughout the United States and in a dozen plus universities.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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A personal e-mail thanking you for your support.Estimated delivery:
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The first reward, plus your name printed in the booklet that will be printed.Estimated delivery:
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The first two rewards, plus an original photograph from the booklet, hand-signed by me. The photographs will be revealed after taken and you can choose whichever you want. Each photograph will have a strict edition size.Estimated delivery:
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The first two rewards, plus a hand-signed copy of a limited edition book run that will commemorate the design process and completion of the terracotta lego warriors.Estimated delivery:
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The first three rewards, plus one of the terracotta warriors with a hand-stamped signature on the back.Estimated delivery:
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The first four rewards, plus an additional terracotta warrior covered in slip (it will appear as a different earth tone). The slip covered piece will be hand-signed, the other will be stamp-signed.Estimated delivery:
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The first three rewards, plus FIVE randomly selected terracotta warriors. These can consist of slip-covered, regular, sawdust fired, and either blank, hand-signed, or stamp-signed (guaranteed that one will be hand-signed)Estimated delivery:
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An e-mail, your name as a contributor in the book, a hand-signed copy of the book, 5 random terracotta warriors (one guaranteed to be hand-signed) plus all ten original photographs depicting the lego terracotta warriors. each photograph will be on acid free paper and will show various stages of the legos (the final product, cases, designs, etc) and will be in a custom made box. Strictly limited to 10 sets.Estimated delivery:
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A personal e-mail thanking you for your contribution, a thank you in the booklet mentioning you as a contributor, the hand-signed book, plus 25 randomly selected terracotta warriors!Estimated delivery:
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For the Business Owner: A personal e-mail thanking you and your business for your support, a mention in the book of you AND your business, 50 random terracotta warriors to sell in your store, gallery, toy store, etc as well as a full-page spread in the actual booklet advertising your store (e-mail address, pictures, etc... some very cheap advertising for the small to mid-sized business owner!)Estimated delivery:
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For the business owner again or extreme collector: The same as reward number 9, but you will receive 10 jars full of terracotta warriors (approximately 10 per jar) to sell in your store. each jar will be hand-signed by me. You will also receive an additional 10 terracotta warriors to sell (or keep) as singles. you will receive a major mention in the booklet, mentioning you or your store as a major benefactor of the project. A full-page spread will be used for business owners as well as your logo on the front or back cover of the book. for individuals not advertising, contact me and we can discuss an alternative reward for you..Estimated delivery:
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The e-mail, a mention in the book, 5 hand-signed copies of the book AND the actual finished artwork itself! A one-of-a-kind work of art, never to be created again.Estimated delivery:
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