To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech let's create a respectful and artistic bronze sculpture of Dr. King. Read more
This project's funding goal was not reached on March 15, 2013.
About this project
Dr King was intelligent, courageous, compassionate, and most of all, a profoundly inspiring public speaker. When Dr. King gave his historic, "I Have a Dream," speech he changed the world forever. The goal of this kickstarter is to create a respectful and artistic life size, bronze sculpture of Dr. King giving his, "I Have a Dream," speech. This sculpture will be our gift to Birmingham, Alabama, the cradle of the American Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King is a more powerful force than can be captured in a traditional portrait, which is why I've created this dual portrait. I have combined the most admirable characteristics of Dr. King to create a portrait that captures his likeness as well as his spirit. The crouching figure depicts the compassion of Dr. King as he reaches out his hand to help us all rise to a higher state of awareness. Rising out of the lower figure like the spirit of hope is Dr. King at his most iconic moment giving his, "I Have a Dream," speech. Dr. King is shown in the throe's of passionate oration. The repetition of the gliding right hand symbolizes the cadence of Dr King's speech and the poetic repetition of, "I Have a Dream." The motion of the right hand captures the rhythmic ascension of the, "I Have a Dream," speech as Dr. King's words transport all who hear it to an inspired place that transformed our country and the world forever. Dr. King set an axiom of truth that individuals, communities, leaders, and governments will be striving to achieve for generations to come. For as long as there are people who care about human rights, equality, and justice this sculpture of Dr. King will stand to inspire the, "Dream."
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All artwork is hand screen printed at Catalyst Design LTD, a small screen print shop in Burlington, VT. Beyond this project I want to support all nonprofit events and enthusiasm that celebrates the teachings of Dr. King. If you are a nonprofit organization, please, use my MLK graphic design artwork available through Catalyst Design LTD. If any NPO individual or organization wishes to get items (tees, notecards, posters, totes, mugs, etc.) to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the "Dream" contact Danielle and Scotty at catalystdesignltd.com.
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Risks and challenges
To create a life size bronze sculpture of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is a serious endeavor. I did not go into this pursuit without a great deal of critical thought and self doubt. I truly believed that in my research and soul searching I would discover I was not capable of creation on the level required to do justice to such a righteous man. I revere Dr. King and respect all who love and admire him, enough to know creating an image was more than a challenge or an exercise. If I was going to create a sculpture of Dr. King it had to be a "truth" that would transcend time, like the man himself. Did I have the creative, intellectual, and emotional abilities to truly do justice to such a monumental human being? Could I find the passion and the meaning? I genuinely struggled with these question for more than two years. I found the answer in the greatness and the humanity of the people whose lives he changed. I found the passion and the confidence not in the events and words, but in the lives that were changed by those experiences and words. The power and the significance of any great person or event is not in them or the events, but in the people that find the meaning. When I applied this prism to Dr. King I found the inspiration to create the sculpture. The sculpture is made possible by the meaning and passion inside the people who are inspired by Dr. King. The sculpture of Dr King is the "means", but the true piece of art is the desire you have to touch Dr. King's hand, and the "end" is the meaning you create. If you want to know what I mean re-watch my Kickstarter video and look in the eyes of the children when they touch the sculpture of Dr. King; that is the sublime truth. That is the purpose of art.
On a more mundane note, a project of this scale is beyond the skills or physicality of any one person. I can't make and install this bronze sculpture by myself. I have to make sure that I only work with people who have the skills and caring to create the sculpture at the highest level of excellence. A bronze sculpture exists for hundreds of years and can be touched millions of times. That is both an incredible burden and honor of responsibility. When you have lived a project as completely as I have this Dr. King public art project, it is not difficult to recognize a problem. The challenge is being tactful and strong enough to approach your fellow artist and collaborators and explain why something is not right and get them to believe in the necessary change or correction. Basically, I have to manage the job with a tactful, but determined commitment to a quality that is worthy of Dr. King and all that he represents. The sculpture has to be perfectly right.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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