Bread & Circuses
UPDATE! You may have noticed that I have reached my initial goal. I am honored by your support! As you may or may not know, Kickstarter does not have a funding limit, so I'd like to explain in detail what I plan to do with any unanticipated extra funding. As I originally mentioned below, there will be costs for the post production work I need to do to turn the photos and video taken from the day of the event into exhibition-quality work. For example, I am considering printing a 8' x 10' vinyl banner which costs $300. And/or I could pay the videograhper additional money to help me edit the raw footage. Thank you all again for helping make this project a reality.
The Project Location: How many artists get the opportunity to use an empty 68,000 seat professional football stadium in South Philadelphia as their blank canvas? Just me!
The Details: I have permission to install a large scale temporary sculpture at the professional football stadium in South Philadelphia on November 28th. I plan to spell out the words Bread & Circuses in the empty seats using 2,800 white helium balloons. It is going to be a beautiful and poetic spectacle, indeed!
The piece is an exploration of the role of sports in our contemporary culture, using Ancient Roman gladiatorial games as its' conceptual origin. The inspiration for the piece came from an 11" x 17" found-object drawing I made last year.
The Kickstarter Goal: My Kickstarter goal is to raise $2,300 in order to pay for the balloons (about $1,631 for balloons, a generous price from Westmont Party Supply, in my hometown), a small stipend for a videographer to document the day, and to buy lunch for the 20 volunteers that are required to successfully accomplish this project.
Because the date I have been given is November 28th, and the balloon store needs one week notice, I have only 21 days to raise the funding. Please help!
P.S. Kickstarter does not have a limit, so any donations above and beyond my goal will be used for post production expenses, as I work with the images and video created.
The Rewards: I will reward backers with a mix of original art, limited edition photographs from the day of the event, and even the opportunity to participate in the event itself as a "balloon specialist"! Any and every amount helps, and I will personally thank each and every backer.
- (21 days)