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One artist. One year. One thousand glass cranes.
One artist. One year. One thousand glass cranes.
One artist. One year. One thousand glass cranes.
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 QUEST FOR BALANCE

   

Over the next year, I am going to blow no less than 1000 glass cranes. At the end of the year, they will all be displayed in an immersive installation at Ruckus Gallery in Philadelphia, PA. 

The goal of this project is to be able to spend a full year on one large idea. An end to the new/next/now flux that has overtaken so many industries. I will be working full time without assistance, exploring the repetition of an object and planning the final installation. Slow art feeding into a larger vision. 

The ancient Japanese legend of 1000 cranes promises a wish, but the wish cannot be granted unless all 1000 are completed within a year. The only way this project can happen is if the goal is reached. The scope of the project is so large that materials alone will cost over $20,000, not to mention over 2 miles of wire just to hang all of them! Math!

As a working artist, it is a constant struggle to balance creation, personal time, research and development, traveling, and marketing. Art becomes a commodity, and projects become more about what will sell than what is art. This lifestyle does not create a present, healthy human. Through this project, I am on a quest to achieve balance, that is my wish. 

By supporting this campaign you are not only buying a piece of the larger installation, you are supporting an artist's vision and journey for a year. This project is about creating an immersive experience for the artist throughout the year and also a special experience for the audience as participants during the final exhibit. Throughout the year, you will receive exclusive updates on the progress of the project including video, photos, and messages from the artist.

Each crane will be made by hand by the artist and will be packaged in a signed and numbered gift box.

 

Jeremy Grant-Levine AKA Germ has been blowing glass for over 13 years. As a working artist, he has made a name for himself in the glass pipe sub-culture, as one of the most technical and innovative makers in the industry. Mixing classical shapes and modern silhouettes, he is able to transform his pieces from merely function into sculptural showpieces. ​His work has been displayed in galleries in Seattle, Philadelphia, New York, Miami, and Tel Aviv. He has taught workshops and collaborated with other artists all over the world.

REWARDS

$25 or more
2" cloisonné pin inspired by the original Senbazuru manuscripts from 1796

$25 or more
Unisex cotton t-shirt with original design inspired by original Senbazuru manuscripts. Available in adult Small through XXXL

 $40 or more
One shirt and one pin

 

$400 or more
One handmade glass crane with signed and numbered box. Color of crane will be determined by the artist.

 $440 or more

One handmade glass crane with signed and numbered box. Color of crane will be determined by the artist. Plus a t shirt and Pin.

 

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Five (5) glass cranes with signed and numbered box. Color of cranes will be determined by the artist.

  $7500 or more 

 Thank you for being a patron of this project.  For this level of support you will receive 10 handmade glass cranes, a t shirt, pin and domestic airfare and accommodations in Philadelphia for the opening of the 1000 Glass Cranes exhibition at Ruckus Gallery. 

 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge I anticipate with this project is storage space for all the cranes as they are made. Luckily, there is space in my studio to accommodate the boxes and keep the cranes safe. I am confident in my abilities to create a quality piece of art multiple times and look forward to a year of production and exploring where the repetition will lead me.

Since the original development of this idea, I have become deeply involved in researching installation artists and really concentrating on the final installation of this project, and the full scope of possibilities to create a memorable and immersive experience with a fragile medium.

I am eager for the challenge of a large project and am looking forward to handling any trials and tribulations like a true warrior.

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    One 2" cloisonné pin with unique mirrored crane graphic inspired by the original Senbazuru origami book printed in 1797.

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    1 handmade glass crane. Includes signed and numbered box. Measures approximately 12" x 6" x 6".
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    10 handmade glass cranes. Includes signed and numbered box. Measures approximately 12" x 6" x 6". Plus a 1000 glass cranes t-shirt and pin.
    Domestic airfare and accommodations to Philadelphia for the opening on the installation at Ruckus Gallery Fall 2017.

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