I am building a model city out of plastic cast food and meat. I was awarded a grant from the DMA, but need more money to complete.
Meattropolis was originally founded in 2079 by long term investor and business mogul, Henry Percival Piddleview, to create a safe living environment for his multitude of working staff. He lorded over a profitable textile industry and also had his fingers in many pies.
As the city engorged and grew, outsiders became attracted to it for its thriving economy and great smelling toast. He invented a new monetary exchange program in which simple land-dwellers could trade their boring, incoherent lives for those of dazzling urbanites.
I am building Meattropolis, a city far ahead of its time, out of plastic cast food items to create a large installation. Its buildings and parks will all be sculpted by me out of the various foods I find, cook, and cast. Its cake towers and patty skyscrapers will be the backdrop for my new series of videos as well as a stand alone sculpture installation that will be shown next year somewhere in the Dallas/Fort Worth area. In addition, I plan to create an online "Street View" style interactive gallery where visitors can tour the city without ever leaving their monitor!
I was generously granted the Clare Hart DeGolyer fund from the Dallas Museum of Art to start my project but quickly realized to work on the scale I want to, I need more funding.
I am using silicone and two part resin plastic to re-create existing food objects in the real world and reinterpret their meaning in my sculpture. Floor by floor the city will rise, mirroring the consumption of modern industry and individuals with a cityscape.
The majority of the money will be used to purchase the plastic, silicone, paint for the pieces, and the foods to be cast. The plastic is integral; the more plastic I can buy, the larger and more looming the city will become.
I am planning on using spray paint, air brushing and hand painting methods to emphasize my style and the stylistic aspects of the city.
I hope to purchase an entire cow's leg to cook and cast.
Some Items I plan on casting:
egg rolls, steak, onions, loaf of bread, pineapple, garlic, casserole, ground beef, eggplant, egg, Cornish game hen, sushi, waffles, berries, pie, prawns, meringue cookies, cookies, broccoli, cabbage, artichoke, spam, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, chili peppers, cheese balls, fish, steak, cheeses, Swiss cheese, stacks of patties, ham, bologna, cakes, samosas, bananas, potatoes, chicken bits, shrimp, pecans, butter, doughnuts, burger, pizza, pears halved and in syrup, peas, edamame, waffle fries, kebobs, meatloaf, angel food cake, celery, radish, turnip, olives, crackers, half a bagel, skate, pancakes, french fries, beans, won tons, cupcakes, mushrooms, hot wings, egg salad, cream cheese, cabbage, apples, ribs, lamb chop, rack of lamb, mashed potatoes...
To read more of the story of Meattropolis, see more pictures, and check on my progress at any time follow my blog!!!!
To check out my previous work and resume here's my website!
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Aug 29, 2012 - Sep 28, 2012 (30 days)
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If you donate this amount you will receive a thank-you email and exclusive email invite to the opening reception of the first show.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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If you donate this amount you will receive the previous reward and a postcard from one of the illustrious citizens of Meattropolis, photographed at one of our famous buildings. You will also be named a citizen of Meattropolis, you will be listed on the city rolls and you have the option of your name being possibly used for a character in an upcoming video/film production taking place in Meattropolis.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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If you donate this amount you will receive the previous rewards plus two blank send-able postcards.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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If you donate this amount you will receive the aforementioned postcards and postcard from citizen, and a handmade, numbered block print created by the most famous printmaking artist living in Meattropolis.Estimated delivery: Sep 2013
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If you donate this amount you will receive both of the aforementioned rewards plus a DVD of the finished video and a small hand-cast candle of some food item.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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If you donate this amount you will receive all of the previous rewards plus a small, hand cast, hand painted plastic food object.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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If you donate this amount you will receive all of the previous rewards plus a six pack of various blank, send-able postcards from different landmarks in the city and a medium sized candle cast from one of my various molds.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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If you donate this amount you will receive all the previous rewards plus an original drawing by the most renowned artist in all of Meattropolis.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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If you donate this amount you will receive all the previous rewards plus a plaque in the memory or honor of someone designated by you at the bottom of a skyscraper in the city. You will also be named an Upper-Class Bacon Citizen your name will be on a plaque with other Upper-Class Bacon Citizens and you will be mentioned in any "Who's Who in Meattropolis" bus tours or city guidebooks.Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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If you donate this amount you will receive the aforementioned rewards plus I will name a street after you (or after a person of your desiring), and give you the key to Meattropolis, adorned with various plastic food objects. You will also be named High Ham of the City Council, a picture and small plaque enumerating you as a beloved, hardworking citizen of good regard and character will be shown with the final piece. (You will also receive said plaque)Estimated delivery: Dec 2013
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If you donate this amount, you will receive all previous rewards plus you will be named the new Mayor of Meattropolis. A photo of you and a large plaque commemorating your outstanding service to the people of Meattropolis and their undying gratitude for your hard work making their dreams come true will be shown with the piece. (You will also receive said plaque)Estimated delivery: Sep 2013