The Four Rocking Horses of the Apocalypse project was born in 2009. I started with one adult sized rocking horse. I knew I wanted it to look skeletal and dark, and I knew I wanted it to be ridden and enjoyed. Never having worked with wood, or large-scale sculpture (really, any kind of sculpture), I just started drawing. I borrowed tools, bought wood, asked friends to help, learned to sculpt, and eventually a giant rocking skeletal horse was born. She was alone, not yet part of some large scale project, just a rocking horse for grown ups to ride.
Then a friend planted a seed by mentioning the idea of having four rocking horses representing the four horsemen of the apocalypse. That seed immediately sprouted roots, and before I knew it I was planning the 2nd rocking horse.
My interpretation of these horsemen from Revelations in the Bible is very loose, it's an artistic idea based mostly on how I want them to look, and less on the many academic and theological interpretations. I want them to appear ominous and imposing, but the catch is that they are giant toys. They are meant to be fantastic and absurd, but also beautiful and magical. You cannot ride one of the mammoths without feeling a little joy. With this world feeling so unstable, and all the theories of its end, the rocking horses bring light to a dark time.
What's the plan, man? . . . . . . The Four Rocking Horses of the Apocalypse project is in an ambitious stage. The final two rocking horses need to be built and finished by May 20th, 2012 so that they can be shared with my community at Burning Flipside. The Flipside community inspired this project; and I in turn feel the rocking horses need to be debuted as a complete set at Flipside.
I will continue working on the rocking horses while this Kickstarter is going on (until I run out of materials) with the hope that it will get fully funded. I will also invite people to come and assist in building these last 2 rocking horses. This will give anyone who- wants to learn how I make them, how to use tools, or just wants to participate in the process- a chance to do so.
After Flipside I will look for opportunities to bring the rocking horses to other events where they can be viewed and enjoyed. I have been working with local photographers, costumers, and make-up artists to create some high concept photo ideas, and will be producing photo shoots with the rocking horses throughout 2012. This is something I am looking forward to, as I can't wait to collaborate with others and see what their visions will ultimately add. My goal is to produce 4-8 limited edition photographs.
During this time, I will continue to work on the rocking horses, as they often need repairs and refinishing after traveling around. At the end of the year, I will start looking for opportunities to take the rocking horses and photographs to other cities. I hope one day to be able to see them in a gallery or museum setting with people riding them!
What will this funding pay for? . . . . . . . The funding will help finance materials to finish the last two rocking horses, and materials to put final touches on the two rocking horses that are already completed. It will help to pay for a small workspace through the end of May, any rental equipment I may need, storage space for the rocking horses throughout this year, and transportation costs to get them to photo shoots and events. Anything over the fund request will assist with producing the collaborative photo shoots, to help with locations, costumes, props, models, etc.
Other ways you can help: Thank you for your support. Please spread the word about my project. Post, text, tweet, email, broadcast, televise, shout, make a sandwich board . . . whatever media is at your fingertips, use it to spread the word!! And thank you for your interest and support.
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