The LIC Duck is a permanent sculpture made from laminate and intended for installation in Long Island City, Queens, NY.
THE LIC DUCK
The LIC Duckor the Yellow Duck, is a permanent sculpture made from laminate and intended for installation in the Long Island City Community Garden in Queens, NY. The project started in 2010 as a proposal for A Lot of Possibilities, a project by artist Anna Lise Jensen, which places art in NYC gardens. Inspired by my son’s love for ducks wandering by waterfront in Long Island City, which is our home, I proposed a sculpture of simplified, enlarged duck for the local community garden.
The proposal got approved by the garden’s board and after receiving grant from New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program I created one to one model from corrugated styrofoam and plaster. Now I am looking for help from dear Kickstarter community to cast the model in reinforced laminate and install it in the garden.
It’s fun. It’s bright and it’s --- yellow. It’s cute. It’s visible. And it’s really friendly! We all remember Duck in some form from our childhood and it doesn’t matter where we grew up. As homage to this deep warm memory and to honest love for our community, I am bringing The Duck to Long Island City. The final sculpture will be made from reinforced laminate, attached to concrete base and placed on the ground of the garden. The final color will be typical ‘duckish’ yellow and the sculpture will be safe for children to climb and sit on.
The model is done, everything is ready – now what we need is to get enough funding to make the final cast and place it in the garden. The cast will be done by Colbar Art Inc., a professional manufacturer, specializing at casting and mold making, also based in Long Island City.
There are several great rewards for the backers, some community based, some for backers outside the LIC, such as stickers, t-shirts, LIC Duck sorbet, created for this project, from Malu - a LIC based ice-cream shop, original artworks, studio visits – check the rewards section.
This project is based and made in Long Island City and aims to inspire, motivate and enrich the community space open to everyone. Please help me fund this project!
Funds raised on Kickstarter will help: - to create mold and cast from laminate - to make concrete base for the sculpture - to prepare ground at the garden - with final installation.
The project partners are - LIC Community Garden, Malu ice-cream shop and photographer Jesse Winter.
The project is partly funded by grant from New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program.
About the LIC Community Garden: The community garden was founded in 1992 by local residents, who needed green space. Its mission is to repurpose, reuse and beautify the neighborhood – the duck will become it's landmark, it’s symbol and it’s attraction. LIC Community garden members are advocates for parks and green spaces in Queens and local community and have been involved in the development of Long Island City for the past 30 years. The garden has also won awards in 1993,1995 and The Daffodil Project award in 2010. Garden’s composting program has expanded in the past couple years with workshops for LIC community and neighborhood children and their parents. LIC community garden in located on 49th Avenue, between Vernon Blvd & Fifth Street in Long Island City, Queens.
About MALU: Malu is a homemade ice cream, chocolates, and confections shop located at 12-09 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. Started in June 2011 by a local LIC couple, named after their sons Mateo and Luc, the shop strives to use quality ingredients, sourced locally when possible, to make the yummiest homemade ice cream in town. They proudly welcome kids of all ages for weekly story times, cookie decorating parties, ice cream socials, and many other sweet events! www.malulic.com facebook.com.Malu.NYC
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