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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. 

WHY DUCK? 

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. 

LIC Duck - just finished!
LIC Duck - just finished!
The Duck and me
The Duck and me
LIC Duck - top
LIC Duck - top

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. 

Rewards

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

LIC Duck t-shirt with Ducks in yellow
LIC Duck t-shirt with Ducks in yellow
LIC Duck t-shirt with Duck in black
LIC Duck t-shirt with Duck in black
Cow, Industrial porcelain
Cow, Industrial porcelain
Searching for a Sami / Cookbook
Searching for a Sami / Cookbook
Lotus
Lotus

The Community

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.

LIC Community Garden, future home of LIC Duck
LIC Community Garden, future home of LIC Duck
LIC Community Garden is located on 49th Avenue
LIC Community Garden is located on 49th Avenue

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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    Thank you! You will receive LIC Duck sticker and your name will be listed on project’s website. You will get good karma!

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    Available in LIC only. One scoop of LIC Duck sorbet, created specifically for this project, from Malu, LIC based ice cream shop. 4 x 6 LIC Duck Postcard, sticker and your name on project’s website.

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    Two 4 x 6 LIC Duck Postcards, sticker and your name on project’s website. Your support is greatly appreciated!

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    One 5 x 7 signed photograph of completed sculpture installed in the garden. 4 x 6 LIC Duck Postcard, sticker and your name on project’s website. Personal thank you note. You are the best!

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    Available in LIC only. 1 pint of LIC Duck sorbet, created specifically for this project, from Malu. 4 x 6 LIC Duck Postcards, sticker and your name on project’s website. Personal thank you note. You will love it!

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    One 5 x 7 signed photograph of completed sculpture, Postcard, your name on project’s website and your choice of LIC Duck t-shirt. I will email backers at the end of successful completion of Kickstarter campaign to get their preference and sizes (toddlers, children, XS S M L XL 2XL).

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    One 5 x 7 signed photograph of completed Duck sculpture, Postcard, personal thank you note, your choice of two LIC duck t-shirts and 4 x 6 original signed stencil art of LIC Duck.

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    Available in LIC only. One 5 x 7 signed photograph of completed Duck sculpture, 1 pint of LIC Duck sorbet from Malu, personal thank you note and one copy of my cookbook Searching for a Sami, published in 2007 with 12 delicious recipes. Cooking will get totally new dimension.

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    One 5 x 7 signed photograph of completed Duck sculpture, Postcard, t-shirt, personal thank you note and signed, original 9 x 12 LIC Duck stencil art on paper. You are awesome!

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    1 hour photo session with Jesse Winter, LIC based official photographer of the LIC Duck, for personal use, one person only. Visit to my studio on a day of your choice, signed 5 x 7 photo of completed Duck, t-shirt and personal thank you note. You are helping the community!

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    WOW, you are starting your own art collection! Visit to my studio and original painting of lotus (choice from 3) on canvas, dimension 2ft x 2ft. You don't have to visit if you don’t live in the area, you can choose over skype. If you live in the area, dinner hosted in my studio on a day of your choice. LIC Duck t-shirt and 10 LIC Duck postcards to share with your friends.

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    Become an art collector and share the project with your friends! Signed and numbered COW sculpture, casted in 2010 in industrial porcelain and exhibited in 2010 and 2011 in MA and NY. Dimension of the sculpture is 21 (H) x 29 (W) x 11 (D). Personal thank you note, 10 LIC Duck Postcards and 3 LIC Duck t-shirts for you and your friends.

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