This project consists of at least five giant flowers installed for up to one year at a public park that straddles Brooklyn and Queens. The flowers, made of rip-stop nylon fabric, will inflate and move hypnotically in the wind. Each twelve-foot-long brightly-colored flower will be a unique design and will tower above the park twenty feet off the ground. Not only will these joyous flowers be an unexpected sight to behold, but they will provide park-goers a real-life illustration of the changing weather conditions.
In addition, I will provide a series of kite-making workshops and organized kite-flying days for community members and park-goers.
New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has already selected and approved the artwork based on an extensive proposal process for their Art in the Park program. This surreal and magical sculpture will be Highland Park's first piece of public art ever.
The presence of art improves the morale of a community. This project will be especially uplifting and inspiring for the Highland Park and East New York areas. Globally, we all stand to benefit from the improvement of our neighborhoods, one at a time.
The NYC Parks does not fund the public art it hosts. Often times, artists apply for grants from federally funded organizations. We are currently at risk of losing the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2016 the NEA distributed $148 million to artists and arts organizations nationwide, making projects like this possible.
With this public campaign, I want to give everyone a chance to voice their support for public art. As artists and art-lovers, it is important to show our resilience and commitment to our passions in the face of adversity.
What will your contribution support?
Production considerations include the need for the flowers to be durable, long-lasting, and safe. Your contributions will go directly toward the cost of the materials and labor needed to produce and install this artwork. The major expenses are custom powder-coated steel flagpoles, fade-proof rip-stop nylon, the fabrication of the flowers themselves, and the equipment and assistance needed to cement the poles into the ground.
Highland Park straddles Queens and Brooklyn, playing a uniquely important role in the community and residents of both boroughs. There are children's farm gardens that act as hands-on classrooms, barbecue areas, baseball fields, and numerous courts for tennis, handball, and basketball. Despite being endowed with so many community offerings, the park has never had public art. My intention is to use artwork to provide the community a shared creative experience.
Risks and challenges
I have created numerous inflatable and public art works in the past. Projects like this require teamwork. The challenge is building a strong team of fabricators, installers, and helpful friends to keep the project on schedule and the final product high-quality. I am confident I have sourced the best and most cost-effective flagpole manufacturer as well as a talented team of stitchers to help sew the flowers. I have already passed the entire review process of the NYC Parks and the Highland Park Administrators, and so I feel confident that little stands in my way.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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