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About this project

Hello, my name is Chris Smith and I am an independent Lego artist based near Manchester, England. I have set up this Kickstarter project to ask for your help in producing a book featuring representations of all 92 English league and Scottish Premiership grounds. 

Just under 2 years ago I started making football stadia from Lego and set up a website www.brickstand.co.uk to allow people to commission them. So far I have built over 30 different grounds such as these:

Hillsborough
Hillsborough
The Boleyn Ground
The Boleyn Ground

 I need your help to continue the project. Of the grounds I have already built only 3 have been professionally photographed and edited to the standard required for the book. So what I need to do is:

  • Rebuild the grounds I have previously made to enable me to get them professionally photographed. (4 months work)
  • Build the remaining grounds from Lego bricks and have these professionally photographed as well.(8 months work)

Starting in June 2016 the successfully funded project would kick off immediately, with the final whistle by the end of the 16/17 football season. This would allow a contingency and editing time of 2 months to have the physical books ready to send out in August 2017. 

To get a feel for how I work please feel free to watch the following films:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/watch/building-lego-football-grounds

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LLyJvDjpS3U&feature=youtu.be

The photography, graphic design and printing for the book are all lined up should the project receive the funding. The large majority of the time spent on fulfilling the project will be spent with me designing and constructing, luckily i have a studio space to allow me to concentrate on this 24/7 if needs be! Where possible I will re-use the lego bricks used in one stadium for another (depending on the colours needed). This will minimize the cost of buying more Lego and save on unnecessary storage costs.

The Book

Potential front cover mock-up
Potential front cover mock-up
Indicative page layout
Indicative page layout

 The book will contain each stadium listed in alphabetical order by club. There will also be some key facts such as how many lego bricks were used. Other text will include a brief note on the build and any particularly tricky elements or challenges. 

It will be printed by exwhyzed.co.uk who are a high quality print house with extensive experience of exactly this kind of creative project. Samples and quotes have been obtained.

How will the money be spent?
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Risks and challenges

Lego is plentiful so there's no risk that the materials needed to complete this project will run out. The only real risk I can think of is if something happens to me which affects my ability to work, the odds are this are hopefully very long (I will take extra care when crossing roads ).

Any help you can offer would be wonderful and make a huge difference. I really think this could be a fantastic project and that we could produce something that we could all be proud of!

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    Your name in the book in a list of official supporters. Thank you!

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    Your name in the book in a list of official supporters.

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    One of the 500 copies of the book signed and numbered.
    The book will be full colour printed to a4 landscape size and onto 170gsm silk paper.
    It will feature all 92 English league and Scottish Premiership grounds at the start of the 16/17 season.

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    One of the 500 copies of the book signed and numbered.
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    An A3 print of the ground of your choice from those contained in the book.

    An A5 greetings card featuring the stadium of your choice: with a message inside thanking you for your support.

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    Come and Help build!

    Spend 2 days with me at my studio in Altrincham, Greater Manchester helping to make a stadium of your choice. When we've finished you take it home and enjoy your creation!

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