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Jonathan EikeBy Jonathan Eike
First created
Jonathan EikeBy Jonathan Eike
First created
$516
pledged of $75,000pledged of $75,000 goal
15
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 15 2015 5:59 AM UTC +00:00

About

We are a family of artists and long time fans of the Star Trek franchise. Captain James T. Kirk is an iconic figure who is known and loved all over the world. Yet there is not a significant or proper monument to acknowledge and celebrate the future birth of Captain Kirk in the state of Iowa. We would be correcting that glaring oversight with this full scale statue of the famous starship captain.

Concept Art of Finished Statue
Concept Art of Finished Statue

What has been done so far?

So far we have been busy developing the plans for a bronzed 3D printed statue to be mounted on a steel and granite pedestal. There will also be bronze plaques for the statue, including plaques for the names of the qualifying donors of this fundraiser. An engineer has been secured to design the structure of the pedestal. We have also consulted with the company that will provide the pedestal's granite veneer. This wonderful project can go no further without your help and the success of this fundraiser. We will need your help to cover the additional costs for necessary equipment; for the manufacturing, shipping and transport of the statue; as well as the donor rewards, taxes and fees.

Render of Work in Progress
Render of Work in Progress

When will it be completed?

There is some urgency involved for the timely completion of this statue. We would like to display the statue at the Wizard World Des Moines Comic Convention, this June in Downtown Des Moines, Iowa. This would be a very fitting and special occasion to reveal the statue. Iowa is the future birthplace of James T. Kirk and William Shatner is a scheduled guest of this convention in Des Moines, IA. We will need to complete the statue well before then.

A statue for a future birth?

To acknowledge and celebrate the future birth of such a famous science fiction figure is a very appropriate sci-fi thing to do. In doing so, we not only pay homage to the beloved starship commander, James Tiberius Kirk, we are also honoring Gene Roddenberry, the creator of Star Trek. Let's make this happen!

Iowa Connection: Quotes from the Future and the Past

Star Trek's creator, Gene Roddenberry, states in the book "The Making of Star Trek", that Captain Kirk "...was born in a small town in Iowa." In Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home", Kirk responded to a question with, "No, I'm from Iowa. I only work in outer space." And in Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, while sitting around a campfire with Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy, Kirk reflects, "I haven't sung around campfire since I was a boy in Iowa."

Financial Goal

If we can raise $75,000 we can make a statue that would not only be for the people of Iowa but also for Star Trek fans and science fiction fans from all over the world. The money goes to the many costs of manufacturing and displaying a life-sized statue. Costs include, but are not limited to:

  • Costs of 3D printing a life-sized statue.
  • Constructing an internal steel support structure for the statue and pedestal.
  • Stone work.
  • Bronzing the 3D printed statue.
  • Manufacturing 5 bronze plaques.
  • Transportation.

As well as:

  • Taxes.
  • Kickstarter and other fees.
  • Costs of manufacturing and shipping donor rewards
Front and Side Views of the Base (Final Version Subject to Change)
Front and Side Views of the Base (Final Version Subject to Change)

Rewards

We won't be able to make this happen without your help! To say thank you, we have lined up the following rewards for all who donate.

$1 and Beyond- All donors will receive a downloadable image suitable for your Facebook cover photo or wherever you want to proclaim you supported this project with a donation.

$10 and Beyond- A special printable certificate suitable for framing!

$25 to $99 Donations- A special Kirk Statue magnet (limited to 500 donors).

$100 to $199 Donations- A high-quality 16" x 20" original print by Jonathan Eike (limited to 150 donors).

$200 to $399 Donations- A 5" tall 3D printed replica of the Kirk Statue (limited to 100 donors).

$400 to $999 Donations- A 12" tall 3D printed replica of the Kirk Statue (limited to 30 donors).

Various Available Donor Rewards (Final Versions Subject to Change)
Various Available Donor Rewards (Final Versions Subject to Change)

$1000 to $1999 Donations- Your name on the donor plaque (Tier 3) -- Your individual, family, club or organization name cast on a plaque on the base of the Kirk statue (limited to 40 donors).

$2000 to $3999 Donations- Your name on the donor plaque (Tier 2) -- Your individual, family, club or organization name cast on a plaque on the base of the Kirk statue (limited to 10 donors).

$4000 and Beyond- Your name on the donor plaque (Tier 1) -- Your individual, family, club or organization name cast on a plaque on the base of the Kirk statue (limited to 5 donors).

Donor Plaques (Final Design Subject to Change)
Donor Plaques (Final Design Subject to Change)

Risks and challenges

There is always a chance that production delays could prevent the unveiling of the statue on June 12, 2015. Alternate forms of manufacturing and production have been explored and coordinated if needed to ensure that we meet the event date.

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