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To cast in bronze my monumental piece, "Friends" for ArtPrize, an international art competition in Grand Rapids, MI.
To cast in bronze my monumental piece, "Friends" for ArtPrize, an international art competition in Grand Rapids, MI.
78 backers pledged $29,956 to help bring this project to life.

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One of Nnamdi's greatest talents is his ability to create and express human emotions in his works of art. In his sculptures he focuses on the positive in humanity (the beauty and nobility of the human soul); thus, his pieces exude the human emotions of love, peace, serenity, hope, etc. Because his ideas come from deep within, and he expresses them with honesty, each piece is unique and true to his own style of sculpting. However, the forms are simplified, and not contrived, allowing the viewer to easily relate to the piece.

In his own words, "Everyday I wake up and thank God that I am an artist.  I have realized that it is the human soul that captivates me, and it is the nobility in humanity that I seek to express in my work.  These large, abundant forms in my sculpture become an edifice, that houses the noble and majestic spirit of man or woman. I also use these round forms to create a softness and grace in the disposition of my figures. Creating is something I love to do, it is something that comes straight from my heart." 

Nnamdi was commissioned to enlarge one of his popular pieces "Friends" to a monumental size of 66"h x 96"w x 48"d.

"Friends" in Harlem
"Friends" in Harlem

After two years of working on this piece, the first bronze casting of the sculpture was installed at the corner of 5th Avenue and 120th Street in Harlem, NY. Now, for ArtPrize, an international competition in Grand Rapids, MI, he is making the second bronze casting of this sculpture. 

Most of the cost is related to the work done at the bronze foundry. The break down of all his expense are approximately as follows: 

Rough Casting - $14,800
Metal Chasing - $7,900
Patination - $1,000
Shipping/Installation - $3,500
Miscellaneous - $1,500

Nnamdi's feels a calling to be an artist, and his grand desire is to place his works worldwide, in his own words, "to populate the world with his sculptures!" He wants his pieces to instill hope where there has been devastation, to inspire peace where there has been war, to give comfort where there is loneliness or sickness, to even encourage togetherness and friendship in our communities, and most importantly, to remind people of their common humanity.

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The thank you cards and pictures of "Friends" will be the same as the image posted above.  The drawings will be of the "Friends" on location at ArtPrize and is yet to be finished.

SMALL BRONZE 4.5"h x 5.5"w x 2.5"d -  (The other small bronzes will be similar to this one, but in different sizes.)
SMALL BRONZE 4.5"h x 5.5"w x 2.5"d - (The other small bronzes will be similar to this one, but in different sizes.)

LARGE BRONZE  17"h x 23.5"w x 13"d  - Will be cast in bronze, but shown here in clay.
LARGE BRONZE 17"h x 23.5"w x 13"d - Will be cast in bronze, but shown here in clay.

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    THANK YOU CARD - To all who recognized my potential and desired the success of this project... a sincere THANK YOU! Sent to you from me in the form of a 3.5" x 5" thank you card that is signed and dated and features a picture of my monumental piece, "Friends."

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    POSTCARD - Of course, a big thank you as well, but you will also receive a 4" x 6" postcard featuring a picture of my monumental piece, "Friends," also signed and dated.

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    DRAWING - My first love in art was drawing, and many of my sculptures started as drawings or sketches. This reward offers a 4" x 6" postcard of a signed and dated drawing of my "Friends" sculpture.

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    PHOTOGRAPH - Over and over again, people who love my work, but cannot afford bronze pieces, have asked me for a picture of my work that they can frame. Well, here it is! An 11" x 17" professional photograph of "Friends," also signed and dated.

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    LIMITED EDITION DRAWING - Just something a little more personal from me to you. An 11" x 17" LIMITED edition drawing of "Friends" that is signed and dated.

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    MINIATURE BRONZE - Now for the bronzes! A limited edition, miniature bronze sculpture of "Friends," measuring approximately 3.5"h x 4.5"w x 2"d. (For shipments to Hawaii, please include $20. For international shipments, please include $40)

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    SMALL BRONZE - Just a little bigger version of a limited edition, bronze sculpture of "Friends," measuring approximately 4.5" h x 5.5"w x 2.5"d. (For shipments to Hawaii, please include $20. For international shipments, please include $40)

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    MEDIUM BRONZE - And bigger yet, a limited edition, bronze sculpture of "Friends," measuring approximately 5.5"h x 7"w x 3.5"d. (For shipments to Hawaii, please include $20. For international shipments, please include $40)

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    LARGE BRONZE - And finally, a large-size version of "Friends" available in a very limited edition. This sculpture is not only big enough to have faces, but it will also make a strong statement where ever it is displayed. Faces seem to add a depth of feeling and emotion that many of my clients have come to crave. This bronze piece measures approximately 17"h x 23.5"w x 13"d. (For shipments to Hawaii, please include $50. For international shipments, please include $100)

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