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By Daniele Frazier
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About this project

Rendering of the Giant Flowers by Trenton Duerksen
Rendering of the Giant Flowers by Trenton Duerksen

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. 

Why Kickstarter?

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.

Small-Scale Model of Daffodil
Small-Scale Model of Daffodil

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

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. 

Rewards

Pledge $10 - You receive one container of bubbles designed by Daniele
Pledge $10 - You receive one container of bubbles designed by Daniele

 

Pledge $25 - You will receive a commemorative Giant Flowers enamel pin
Pledge $25 - You will receive a commemorative Giant Flowers enamel pin

  

Pledge $100 - You will receive a limited-edition silkscreened poster. The shapes can be cut out to assemble a paper flower.
Pledge $100 - You will receive a limited-edition silkscreened poster. The shapes can be cut out to assemble a paper flower.

 

Pledge $250 - I will make you a custom one-of-a-kind multi-colored soft kite (no sticks in the construction). Signed and includes the string and spool so it's ready-to-go.
Pledge $250 - I will make you a custom one-of-a-kind multi-colored soft kite (no sticks in the construction). Signed and includes the string and spool so it's ready-to-go.

 

Pledge $500 - You will receive a scale replica of any of the 5 flowers. This replica can be placed outdoors as a functional windsock or displayed indoors as a sculpture.
Pledge $500 - You will receive a scale replica of any of the 5 flowers. This replica can be placed outdoors as a functional windsock or displayed indoors as a sculpture.

 

Pledge $1000 - You are invited to a tour of my studio followed by a ride to Highland Park and tour of the Giant Flowers.   You will also receive a care package containing the bubbles, pin, poster, a handmade kite, and the flower replica.
Pledge $1000 - You are invited to a tour of my studio followed by a ride to Highland Park and tour of the Giant Flowers. You will also receive a care package containing the bubbles, pin, poster, a handmade kite, and the flower replica.

 

Pledge $5000 - You will acquire an original flower sculpture
Pledge $5000 - You will acquire an original flower sculpture

 PLUS:

Pledge $5000 - Your name here! You single-handedly made an entire flower possible. Your name will be engraved on an official NYC Parks green fiberboard placard and displayed in Highland Park.
Pledge $5000 - Your name here! You single-handedly made an entire flower possible. Your name will be engraved on an official NYC Parks green fiberboard placard and displayed in Highland Park.

 

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.

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    As a thank you for getting involved with the project, you will have your name proudly listed on the project's credits in all future documentation. You will also receive an email with a video tour of the piece.

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    One container of Daniele's own line of designer bubbles. Manufactured by legendary German bubble company Pustefix, the packaging features black stripes on the outside and rainbow stripes on the inside.

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    Studio visit + park tour + reward bundle

    You are invited to a tour of my studio followed by a ride to Highland Park in my 1978 Toyota Corona and tour of the Giant Flowers.

    You will also receive a care package containing the bubbles, pin, poster, a handmade kite, and the flower replica.

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    Original Flower + Park Placard

    You will be the proud owner of one of the actual flowers from the piece after it is de-installed. You have the option of also including the pole and installation on your property if desired.

    You will also have your name engraved in an official NYC Parks green fiberboard sign and displayed next to the flower that you made possible.

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