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Help me buy smashed hummers to complete my public sculpture that will be exhibited at Dag Hammarskjol Plaza at the UN in NYC this fall.

"Never for the sake of peace and quiet deny your own experience or convictions." –Dag Hammarskjold. 

My monumental sculpture proposal, "Inveterate Composition" was originally commissioned by Clare Weiss of the NYC Parks Department. In 2010, Clare died at the age of 42 from breast cancer, and this piece is now dedicated to her. The project has been approved for fall 2011, but as city economics are stressed, I have to fund the project solely through grants and donations. I need your help to raise the $15,000 necessary to purchase at least two crashed Hummers to make up the core of the piece.

Placed in Manhattan’s Dag Hammarskjold Park -- Gateway to the UN and designated site for international protests -- the piece will be composed of the crashed hummers piled atop one another in a junk-yard heap. Welded together in a monumental pyramid-shaped stack and sprayed with opalescent icy-white auto body paint, the piece will also evoke the form of an iceberg. Additional parts will be welded between the two in order to both create a more cohesive form and refer to extra armaments that American soldiers have recently added to their own hummers and other equipment. 

A bass heavy stereo system will be installed in the trunks. However, instead of the hip-hop as heard in the city or the heavy metal soundtrack many soldiers use as a way to “psych” themselves up, the moody songs of whales and crashes of calving glaciers will emanate from the speakers – the haunting sounds acting as a cry for everyone. In accordance with this soundtrack, the headlights of the cars will be set to dim and brighten. Thus, the lustrous and compelling form will beckon visitors and reveal its true identity on closer inspection.

The park's namesake, former United Nations Secretary-General, Mr. Dag Hammarskjold was a dedicated proponent of justice and reconciliation, from international affairs to his own working environment at the UN. His influential actions ranged from fearless visits to war torn regions in Africa and Asia to creating a meditation room at the UN headquarters for people of all races, religions and creeds, a place for introspection and thought. With my sculpture, Inveterate Composition for Clare I hope to illicit this same sensitivity while making a thought-provoking statement about current dire circumstances, both humanitarian and ecological.

In recent art history, the crashed car has become an iconic form of the violence and excesses of contemporary culture as seen in work from John Chamberlain's car part sculptures and Andy Warhol’s infamous Death and Disaster series, to Charles Ray’s Untitled sculpture and Jeremy Deller’s current Conversations about Iraq. Summoning references from the political strife of the Middle East/American conflict to our planet’s general discord, my piece hopes to continue this discourse, while adding focus on environmental distress to the pile of ruins.

To see more of my work and a full cv: http://www.ziehersmith.com/a_owens.html

This project has been commissioned by the the City of New York Parks Department's sculpture and Monuments program. Government agencies are suffering in the current economy and need you to help! All donations are tax deductible (less the retail value of any gifts you choose to receive) and go towards supporting culture for the public. Although the total budget for this project is 70K, I am looking for 15K from Kickstarter givers in order to acquire the hummer bodies needed to start this project. EVERYONE is invited!

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    For $10 tax-deductible bucks you will be invited personally to the opening of the Sculpture. Be there at Dag Hammarskjold when it all happens!

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    For just $25 tax-deductible dollars, you will also receive a signed card with a 4x5 inch print of the artist's drawing of the project in addition to a personal invitation to the opening.

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    With your $50 dollar donation, you will get the invitation, print and a limited edition artist T-shirt featuring the original drawing printed on the front. 100% cotton tees come in S, M, L, and XL. The T-shirt will retail for $85. In addition you will be listed as a Kickstarter contributor in all press related to this public sculpture. Any amount over $85 is tax-deductible, or you may choose to decline the gift of the T-shirt and take a full tax deduction.

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    A donation of $250 or more gets you the above perks plus a gift of a 12x12 inch signed and numbered hand-made screenprint with watercolor of the artist's drawing on archival paper (as seen in video). Retail value is $500. You will be listed as an A-List Kickstarter donor in all publications related to the project. Any amount over $585 is tax-deductible, or you may choose to decline the gifts of the print and the T-shirt and take a full tax deduction.

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    For a $1000 dollar donation, you will receive everything from above as well as a unique sculpture from my series of "Skulls," rabbit or equivalent size (retail value $1500). These are made from real animal skulls encrusted in broken glass and are in many major collections world-round. These works are currently sold-out but a donation guarantees you the newest 2011 piece. In addition you will be invited to a lunch prior to the opening of the sculpture with the artist. Any amount over $1,585 is tax-deductible, or you may choose to decline the gifts of the skull sculpture, the print, and the T-shirt (but still attend the luncheon) and take a full tax deduction.

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    For a $5,000 dollar donation, become a Major Donor to this project and receive a large original piece from my series, "Skulls" (retail value $6,000) that are represented in many major collections world-round. The piece is made of a real cow skull encrusted in broken glass. These works are currently sold-out but a donation guarantees you the newest 2011 cow piece. In addition, you will receive all the other rewards and have the option to be listed as a Major Donor to the project along with all institutional grants who sponsor the project. Any amount over $6,585 is tax-deductible, or you may choose to decline the gifts of the large skull sculpture, the print, and the T-shirt (but still attend the luncheon) and take a full tax deduction.

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