Inspired by the rich and vibrant cultural diversity of Houston, we have developed a plan to design, produce, install and celebrate a public art project that will serve as a reflection of the people of Houston. With more than 20 years of experience designing and producing community-based public art projects, artist Reginald C. Adams has turned his focus towards what he believes makes Houston a truly world-class city, and that's the global diversity found among a population of over 4 million residents.
Leveraging the findings of the Houston Area Survey presented Dr. Stephen Klineberg, Sociologist with the Kinder Institute at Rice University, we have launched a public art project in the form of a glass tile mosaic mural to be located in Midtown, Houston, TX. The theme of the mural will capture, embrace and celebrate the cultural and ethnic diversity of the residents of Houston, Texas. The final design of the mural will be a reflection of the people of Houston through symbols, patterns, iconography and imagery captured in the vibrancy and permanency of glass tile mosaics. We will build on existing partnerships and collaborations with individuals, cultural institutions and organizations across Houston who may serve as contributors to the mural project. The design phase of the mural will begin in mid-January 2014 with a completion date of April 2014.
The objective of this project is to help transform Houston communities into cultural and artistic destinations. We hope to build on the momentum of a host of awesome public art projects that call Houston home. We want to expand the number of murals in the city of Houston. This mural is just the beginning to a much larger movement for public art. Through a citywide campaign, Public Art Houston, we will use Houston as a public gallery space. The wall at the breakfast klub, one of Houston's most popular eateries, will be the home to our first public mural under this campaign.
Why We Are Using Kickstarter?
We are committed to putting the public in public art. What better way to get the community involved in public art than having the community help fund AND create the project. Kickstarter will enable us to exercise our artistic abilities without the influence of a single source funder which means greater creative FREEDOM!
Every penny raised for the project will goes towards creating an amazing mosaic mural located on one of Houston's busiest intersections, Alabama @ Spur 527 heading into dowtown. TxDOT stats show that more than 33,000 cars per day pass that location daily, totalling over 12 million cars per year. That's more viewers than every museum and art gallery in Houston combined. Add all the mass transit riders, pedestrians and cyclists, and you can easily see why we are so excited about this public art project.
We believe that artists are the messengers of the soul and with support from people like you we can spread a message of love, peace and humanity captured in mosaic tiles that will last a lifetime and viewed by millions of people every year. That's the power of public art!
Since 1999, we've designed and managed over 180 public art projects around the world. These projects have engaged more than 25,000 youth and adults in the design and production of the projects. We will use this same approach to co-create this mural. Like the varied size, shape and colored tiles, we seek to bring together an amalgamation of funders to not only help financially support the project but also bring the project to reality in the studio.
Those willing to give at a certain level will be invited into our studio to work alongside the artists to help turn this vision into a reality. Imagine driving down West Alabama with your friends, family and co-workers and pointing out the window, letting them know that you helped create this modern masterpiece.
That's what we call putting the public in public art and that's why we need your support!
You can learn more about who we are and what we do here: http://www.reginaldadams.com/
Risks and challenges
The biggest obstacle we could confront with this project is the lack of full funding. With over 20 years of experience designing, producing and coordinating public art projects we draw from a deep and wide pool of knowledge and skills in managing small and large scale public art projects. We will apply our vast experience in overcoming any obstacles that we may encounter if this project is fully funded.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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