Hi, I’m Bill Gould, an artist in San Jose, California, with over 20 years experience doing community based public art. My goal is to bring this sculpture to Poland, to a community in the city of Lublin, that is very close to my heart.
A tremendous amount of work has already been accomplished: The ground work has been laid (literally), the permits acquired, the sculpture designed, local fabricators and artisans have been contracted, and hundreds of ceramic tiles that will permanently hang from the piece have been made by community members. Everyone is eager to see its completion; we need funding to make it happen!
From Jan 30 – Feb 10 2014, I’ll be in Lublin, Poland, meeting with the housing authority, the contractors and fabricators, the local artisans, the non-profit board & local residents. The goal is to get every last detail in order so we can finally fabricate and install the sculpture, but most importantly, I’ll be there talking about money and funding for the installation and fabrication of Maki. It’s now down to the wire – I’m launching this Kickstarter campaign the day I arrive in Poland so I can prove to this community that we will have the funding to go forward with this project, and that all our work over the past 6 years will pay-off. It’s all or nothing; there is no partial funding. We must fully reach our Kickstarter goal to move forward. Please help me get this community the Maki sculpture they've worked so hard to create.
Dimensions: Approx. 8 meters tall by 8 meters in diameter
Materials: Steel, blown glass, ceramic tiles
Location: Czuby neighborhood, Lublin, Poland
The sculpture depicts a group of five poppies, or maki in Polish. The red corn flower poppy is a symbol of hope and solidarity for the Polish people, and a fitting design for the Czuby neighborhood. It's important to me to have as many elements of the piece locally produced as possible, and to get the community members involved directly. In addition to using local fabricators, contractors, and glass and ceramic artists, local residents have participated in free art workshops held throughout the community, to make over 700 ceramic tiles that hang from the Maki's petals. In my experience creating public art, engaging community members on this individual level and incorporating their work into the final piece, has many benefits; it fosters a sense of pride and ownership, strengthens the sense of community, and brings people closer together.
The Community Tile Workshops
Over the past 6 years, lots of people have been involved with this project; ranging from local residents, political authorities, artisans, contractors, fabricators, local businesses, community members such as the elementary school students, teachers, teens, and senior citizens who made ceramic tiles for the piece, the board of the non-profit FR2-SP2, the Cuzby Housing Authority, members of the Czuby community center, and more.
The target completion date is this summer, June 2014!
Any funding we receive beyond our Kickstarter goal, will be donated to the FR2-SP2 non-profit to continue the support of public art in Poland, and help fund future projects similar to this one.
Fundacja na Rzecz Rozwoju Sztuki Publicznej w Polsce, (FR2-SP2), is a non- profit organization I founded with a mission to fund, support, and initiate community based public art in Poland. In May 2013 it became an officially registered organization, now with the ability to accept donations from all over the world. Any funding beyond our Kickstarter goal will be donated to the non-profit.
Bill Gould - Founder, board member
Arek Szwed - Co-founder, board member
Arnika Kozyra – board member
Marcin Mlynarczyk - board member
Monika Poszepczynska – legal
I've been creating large scale, public and private art for over 20 years. The majority of my work focuses on public art for the urban environment with a community aspect. I enjoy working with steel and woven wire-cable for it's strength and durability, and including kinetic elements often made of glass, ceramics, found objects, recycled materials, cut metal, hardware, or sphere forms. Most of my work is inspired by elements found in nature.
I've worked with numerous school districts, civic, and government organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area, in California, to create art for their specific environments. I have completed numerous community based public art projects that incorporate art made by community members. I am always amazed at the enthusiasm of the participants.
Bill's Portfolio - Public Art
The Publicity Received for Maki
An article about the Maki project was published in LAJF, a magazine in Lublin, in March 2013.
Risks and challenges
There are many risks and challenges inherent in any large scale community or public art project. As a public artist and architect with over 20 years experience, I have dealt with my fair share of them, however, the final pieces have always been successful.
Things happen. They don't always go as planned: We promise to keep you in the loop no matter what comes up.
If these happen, you'll be the first to know: Production schedules get pushed back; Reward fulfillment may not be as smooth as we plan; Distribution may take longer than we anticipate; etc.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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