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Liberty Candle - Kim Jong-un

Candles for Justice - the start of a global movement

Liberty Candle - Kim Jong-un

Candles for Justice - the start of a global movement

£89
pledged of £10,000pledged of £10,000 goal
4
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, July 3 2016 10:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated July 3, 2016

About

Hello Kickstarter! 

Thank you for taking the time to view our project. 

We are a team of three friends who are passionate about making a positive change in the world. 

Dustin is the candle-maker/sculptor, Karina helps out with a range of stuff like testing out design ideas and assisting with production and Chris mainly handles the marketing side of things.

Our project is a candle effigy of Kim Jong-un, North Korea's “Supreme Leader”.

This candle will allow you to join us in protest against the abhorrent North Korean regime whilst simultaneously reaching out to victims of the regime. 

Not only is this a bold political statement but through this project we aim to  provide practical support to North Korean refugees.

This idea spawned from the never-ending and worsening atrocities in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. 

Between the unspeakable human rights violations and growing threat of nuclear warfare there is little the outside world can do for those suffering within its borders. 

We want to fight for a world where every individual has their basic human rights met. Where everyone has the chance to make choices that inform the direction of their own life and, crucially, the opportunity to keep themselves and their family safe from harm. 

We may not be able to bring down the North Korean regime with this project but we can raise awareness about the brutal nature of life in North Korea and at the same time provide support to the refugees who have managed to escape. 

If this campaign is successful we will be donating a portion of future sales to charity.  We have chosen to support Liberty in North Korea, who are a humanitarian organization that dedicates its efforts to help the people of North Korea by spreading awareness about the conditions North Koreans face everyday and doing everything in their power to rescue and provide aid to those people.

We believe that burning an effigy such as this symbolizes the ultimate act of defiance against the regime it represents. 

From a symbolic point of view, burning effigies has long been a way of demonstrating one's disdain for the individual or the cause which that individual represents.

By burning this representation of Kim-Jong-un we invite you to join us in mass protest again his regime. 

Whilst fire is considered a destructive force, candles can also be seen to represent hope – so, whilst declaring our disgust at the regime we are also lighting a candle for the people who are suffering and need our help. 

Dustin came up with this idea one sleepless night after watching a news story about North Korea. He felt inspired to combine his creative skills with his desire to make a difference in the world and immediately began developing this concept piece. 

Step 1. The first step involved putting the vision down on paper – Dustin made some rough sketches of Kim Jong-un. 

Step 2. Then came the time consuming task of modelling a realistic miniature clay model of Kim. 

Dustin tested out different materials before deciding that Polymore clay would be ideal for sculpting the intricate detail that he was looking for. 

After playing around with design ideas, Dustin realized that the model should not be too realistic or too cartoonish so ended up landing somewhere in the middle. 

Step 3. Dustin produced a silicone mould using the clay model. This was also a meticulous and time-consuming process. 

Step 4. Wax time! Testing....Testing and more testing.... 

The original model will be white with a grey base and the limited edition will be bronze with a black base.

 Every candle will include an information pamphlet with information about Kim Jong-un and the human rights and UN violations that his regime has committed.  This will be used to educate people and raise awareness of the dire state of North Korea under his control.

On the other side is the famous backdrop of the wall of the Korean Revolution Museum building in Pyongyang where you would normally find bronze statues of Kim's grandfather Kim Il-sung and father Kim Jong-il.  This can be propped up and used as a background for your candle as you watch it burn.

 The first thing that most people do when they see a candle is pick it up and smell it – therefore we decided this candle should be scented with a choice of three fairly neutral scents: Cherry blossom, sandalwood and lavender.

As individuals we are committed to living our lives as ethically as possible. We condemn the exploitation of human labour (used in much mass production of goods) and actively avoid supporting industries which we consider unethical. For this reason all of our work will remain local. We are similarly committed to reducing our carbon footprint. We strive to use animal and environment-friendly materials only, avoiding use of plastic wherever we can. We also use only %100 soy wax – a natural and ethical alternative to the traditional paraffin wax which is derived from crude oil. 

 £25,000 - We will be bringing the limited edition bronze colored candle to the market.

£50,000 - If we reach this goal then we will create and distribute a very special bleeding head version of the candle with red wax inside.

In order to begin production and distribution on a global scale we need to ramp up our production capabilities. This includes building multiple moulds, moving into a bigger workshop and investing in all the extra materials and equipment needed to start full-scale production. 

After months of development and testing we are finally ready to unleash our creation into the world. This is where you come in. Not only will you be supporting our passionate collective trying to make a positive change in this world using our creativity but with every future purchase you will be helping those who have suffered at the hands of this cruel dictator.

We hope that this idea can grow into something bigger.  We want to make a difference through this art form and by funding this project not only will you help to bring it to life but if this is a success we will continue to develop similar wax effigies of other highly unlikable icons.  Who could be next?

 Even if you don't support this movement today I'd like to share with you something that has inspired me, motivated me and driven me to try to make a positive change through my art. That has given me clarity and compassion and understanding. Please take a moment to watch this video.

Risks and challenges

As far as we are concerned the hardest part - perfecting the mould and candles - is over. Now that we have a working prototype, mastered the mould and finished all the testing, it is a matter of increasing the scale of production by; multiplying the moulds, investing in more equipment and moving into a larger workshop. We don't envision any foreseeable obstacles that we haven't already overcome or won't be able to.

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