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To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "I Have a Dream" speech let's create a respectful and artistic bronze sculpture of Dr. King.

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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Photo #1 Vintage 1963 lapel button
Photo #1 Vintage 1963 lapel button
Photo #2 Array of backer rewards
Photo #2 Array of backer rewards
Photo #3 T-shirt graphics
Photo #3 T-shirt graphics
Photo #4 MLK mug design
Photo #4 MLK mug design
Photo #5 1963 vintage mug design
Photo #5 1963 vintage mug design
Photo #6 MLK stationary designs
Photo #6 MLK stationary designs
Photo #7 Color Poster Design
Photo #7 Color Poster Design
Photo #8 Black and White Poster Design
Photo #8 Black and White Poster Design
Photo #9 Archival Art Print
Photo #9 Archival Art Print
Photo #10 MLK relief sculpture with Lincoln
Photo #10 MLK relief sculpture with Lincoln
Photo #11 MLK relief sculpture "I have a dream"
Photo #11 MLK relief sculpture "I have a dream"

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.

Wouldn't your school, church, or community group look great in matching, "I Have a Dream," 50th Anniversary t-shirts?

Re-imagine the, "Dream," in style. Thank you!

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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.

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    I can get behind the spirit of being part of something. Thank you for your support and yes you are a huge part of this MLK public art project. Please look forward to a nice thank you postcard with the Dr. King, "I have a dream" design.

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    The only thing better than love is democracy. With each $10 donation you get a vote for your public school, library, or museum to receive one of (19 original bronzes) the same 30" bronze sculpture of Dr. King that went to the White House c/o President Obama, The National Civil Rights Museum, and many other wonderful public locations around the country, including one of the quality public schools, H.O. Wheeler, Burlington, VT where I went when I was a kid. Won't it feel great when a bronze sculpture of Dr. King is in your community? You provide the public spaces name and address. I will make sure the sculpture is safely delivered to the public location with the most votes. You can arrange the dedication ceremony. Invite your local celebrity or politician as a speaker, I bet they would love to be part of a celebration honoring the 50th anniversary of Dr. King giving the "I have a dream" speech. This bronze sculpture is the real thing and this reward level is all about community involvement. Sorry but I can only responsibly accept and oversee addresses in the United States of America. Please expect a thank you postcard telling you the results.

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    This is a reproduction of the March on Washington button that Dr. King and thousands of others wore in 1963. It feels great to wear the same button Dr. King wore on his lapel when he gave the "I have a dream" speech. When I sent the 30" bronze sculpture of Dr. King to President Obama, I sent an authentic antique button along with a poem by Sheenagh Pugh called "Sometimes." I will send a copy of the poem along with your button. Wear your button with pride. See photo #1. Thank you.

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    Poster of Dr. King with the words peace, freedom, equality, and justice. This poster will look great either behind a frame or with your four best mismatched push pins holding it on the walls of your apartment. The combination of the just right angle to the head and the far away gaze gives the perfect gesture to Dr. King formulating the word that would change the world. Which do you like better the four colors or the black and white? See photo #7, and 8. Thank you.

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    A set of six stationary cards and envelopes with the black and white image of Dr. King in passionate speech. Next time you need to send a substantive correspondence this note card will set the right tone. See photo #6. Thank you.

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    This black T-shirt with black and white printing captures the passion and spirit of Dr. King. All graphic images are developed from my study drawings and the graphic designs are original to this sculpture campaign. This shirt will look great around the neighborhood or on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial when you celebrate the 50th anniversary of the "Dream." Please supply size (s,m,l). See photo #3. Thank you.

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    Black mug with black and white image of Dr. King passionately giving the, "I have a dream" speech. When an everyday object reminds us of important moments and thoughts it can add meaning to our lives. We could all use a cup of mindfulness everyday. See photo #4. Thank you

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    The black T-shirt with the print in four colors looks great. This is what three more pulls of the squeegee will do. All artwork is hand silk screened at Catalyst Designs, a local silk screening studio 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, please, use my graphic design artwork. If anybody, even an organization wishes to get items to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the, "Dream," contact Scotty or Danielle at Catalystdesignltd.com, they are good people. Wouldn't your school, church, or community group look great in matching, "I Have a Dream," 50th Anniversary shirts? Re-Imagine the "Dream," in style. Please supply size: S,M,L. See photo #3. Thank you.

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    Black canvas tote with black and white print of Dr. King. A set of six black stationery cards and envelopes with a four colored image of Dr. King hopefully giving his "I have a dream" speech. This set also come with a vintage March on Washington button. When you go to your local library the tote will be a handsome reminder of your proudest moment in history. See photos #1, 2, and 6. Thank you

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    Black canvas tote with black and white print of Dr. King, set of six black stationery cards and envelopes with a four colored image of Dr. King in a moment of inspired speech.This comes with a black mug and lapel button printed with the vintage March on Washington logo. The vintage design looks great on the 50th anniversary and will look even better on the 100th anniversary of the "Dream." Pass the "Dream" on to your kids. See photos #1, 2, 5, and 6. Thank you.

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    All three sets of six stationery cards and envelopes with three different color designs feature Dr. King in passionate oration. Do you love to send the well worded letters? Do you especially savor the success of choosing the right stationary? This stationary sets a tone before you even pen a word. There are eighteen great letters waiting to be set free. See photo #6. Thank you.

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    $100- Black canvas tote with a black and white print of Dr. King,and a set of six black stationery cards and envelopes with a four colored print of Dr. King. This is the same four colored print that adorns the accompanying black T-shirt. This comes with the vintage March on Washington button. When you wear the T-shirt under a nice dress jacket and put the vintage button on your lapel you will be making a definite statement. See photos #1, 2, 3, and 6. Thank you.

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    Black canvas tote with black and white print of Dr. King, set of six black stationery cards and envelopes with a four colored print of Dr. King, black T-shirt with four colored print of Dr. King, black mug with march vintage March on Washington design, and vintage March on Washington button. You are definitely supporting this sculpture of Dr. King and you can definitely share the love when you get this package. See photos #1, 2, 3, 5, and 6. Thank you.

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    This fine art print 13' x 19" is composed from my favorite study drawing for the sculpture. The drawing is collaged together with iconic images and text to create the quintessential image of Dr. King giving the, "I have a dream" speech. With passion, articulacy, and a glint in his eyes Dr. King gave the most beautiful and profound speech in contemporary American history. I love the foreshortened drawing of the button on his lapel. This archival art print tells the whole story. It will look great hanging in your house, or apartment. See photo #9. Thank you.`

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    $600- This relief sculpture of Dr. King, passionately giving his, "I have a dream" speech is created from my study model for the 30" bronze sculpture. To represent a person in mid speech is difficult to get right. This sculpted portrait of Dr. King is handsomely mounted to a collaged image of the steps of the Lincoln Memorial etched to commemorate the "I have a dream" speech and a vintage 1963 shot of the enthralled listeners gather around the reflecting pool. This piece of art truly captures the passion and spirit of the oration. See photo #11. Thank you.

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    This second relief sculpture captures the serenity, compassion, and confidence of Dr. King. It was no accident that Dr. King chose to give his, "I have a dream" speech on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. The haunting image of President Lincoln illuminated the undeniable truth and urgency of Dr. King's profound words. This stately sculpture of Dr. King is appropriately mounted to the commanding image of President Lincoln; each portrait enhances the other. See photo #10. Thank you

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    Both relief sculptures of Dr. King and the fine art print. You are a serious art appreciator and patron. All three of these pieces were created from the study artwork for the 30" bronze sculpture of Dr. King. Both relief sculptures and the fine art print were composed into finished artwork for this fundraising campaign. I believe each piece of art tells some of the story of Dr. King's life. I hope you feel the spirit of the "Dream." See photos #9, 10, and 11.. Thank you.

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    A sculpture of Dr. King crouching with his hand extended. This figure is the physical and emotional interactive aspect of this public sculpture. The composition of a figurative sculpture extending the hand in a poetic moment of connection. I don't know of another public sculpture that employees this gesture. It's simple and honest. I have always loved the empathy one feels with a good piece of figurative sculpture. I think that the human connection is strengthened by the extension of the hand to the viewer. Does it create something in you or encourage you to create something of it? Either way, when else in your life will you be able to touch the hand of Dr. King? The sculpture will be the first casting of my study model for the bronze of Dr. King. This is a handsome 16" tall forton casting with bonded bronze. It is a unique piece of art. See my Kickstarter video for an image of the sculpture. I hope you enjoy it. Thank you

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    A full copy of the same 30" sculpture of Dr. King that went to the White House c/o President Obama, The National Civil Rights Museum, the National Parks Department, The Little Rock National Historic Site, and other wonderful public locations around the country. Cast in Forton with bonded bronze this is a beautiful and durable art casting. This dual portrait is a true contemporary classic combining the tradition of classical realism with the narrative liberation of our contemporary age. The best of classical portraiture is brought up to date with the freedoms and expansive possibilities provided with the evolution of art and image making. We live in a more sophisticated time. The demands of creating a truthful and spirited portrait of Dr. King require the use of the best aspects of contemporary art combined with traditionalism to create a meaningful narrative of America's greatest national hero. Dr. King is intelligent, courageous, compassionate, powerful, and America's most revered public speaker. For a portrait to do him justice and render the complexities of this iconic man the sculpture had to exist beyond the predictable portrait. People love the poetic license because the sculpture achieves the emotional and spiritual truth within the man and legend. This is a portrait of Dr. King that will stand the test of time. On the 100th anniversary of the, "I Have a Dream," speech people in search of truth in art will be referring to our life size bronze sculpture that we are creating with this public art campaign. You could donate your 30" sculpture of Dr. King to your favorite public school, library, or public space. You can't believe how right it feels. See my Kickstarter video for an image of the sculpture. Thank you.

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