One of China's greatest historical works of art, the Terracotta Warriors, re-made with Lego men.
I'm 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I originally made six of the figures as a joke because I work in clay a lot and I thought it would be a comical idea.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.
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:
An important part here, I think. After all, contributors and benefactors want to not only offer funds to a good project, but also to someone who has the background and expertise in the field.
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.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 23, 2012.
Apr 23, 2012 - May 23, 2012 (30 days)
Pledge $1 or more
A personal e-mail thanking you for your support.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $5 or more
The $1 reward, plus acknowledgement in the book that will be printed as a supporter.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $15 or more
The $1 and $5 rewards, plus a postcard of one of the terracotta lego warriors sent to you, hand-signed by me.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $25 or more
The first three rewards, plus a hand-signed copy of the book that will be printed commemorating the production of the "army."Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $30 or more
The first four rewards, plus an original terracotta lego warrior created by me, hand-stamped on the backside with my ceramic studio stamp.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $40 or more
The first five rewards, plus an additional terracotta lego warrior that was slip covered (it will be a different earth tone hue instead of just the terracotta hue), both hand-stamped with my ceramic studio signature.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $60 or more
The first four rewards, plus five random terra cotta lego warriors, all hand-stamped with my ceramic studio stamp.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $125 or more
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Reward number seven, plus an original drypoint etching that will be designed to fit the theme of the terracotta lego warriors. The print will be in a strictly limited edition and hand-signed and numbered.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $175 or more
The first four rewards plus 25 randomly selected terracotta lego warriors in a display box.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $250 or more
The Business Owner: For anyone with a business, art store, toy shop, etc wishing to sell some of the lego sculptures. You will receive a mention in the printed booklet mentioning you as a major benefactor as well as mentioning your business and giving an email address. You will also receive 50 random lego figures.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013
Pledge $400 or more
The same as reward number 10, but you will receive a full page spread in the printed booklet mentioning your store / art store, as well as a photograph for advertising (photograph must be approved, however). Will also receive 100 random lego figures.Estimated delivery: Jan 2013