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Bread & Circuses is a temporary sculpture made of 2,800 balloons; installed at a 68,000 seat football stadium in South Philadelphia.
60 backers pledged $2,847 to help bring this project to life.
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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.

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    Pledge US$ 1 or more About US$ 1

    For a pledge of $1, please accept my deepest gratitude. Thanks so much for taking the time to check out my project! Psst, you just helped to contribute approximately two balloons!

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    A pledge of $7 will help to purchase a dozen balloons! For your kindness, you will receive a hand written postcard to thank you for your support and encouragement!

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    All backers of $14 or more will receive a limited edition 5" x 7" black and white photograph of the finished piece. Your support is so appreciated, and will purchase 2 dozen balloons. Keep a lookout for a hand written postcard to thank you for your support and encouragement, too!!

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    Pledge US$ 28 or more About US$ 28

    For a contribution of $28 or more, you will receive 2 limited edition 5" x 7" black and white photographs. 1 photo of the finished piece, and 1 documentation photograph, as well as a hand written postcard to thank you for your support and encouragement! Thank you for the purchase of 4 dozen balloons. That's a lot of balloons!!!

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    Pledge US$ 49 or more About US$ 49

    All backers of $49 or more will receive a limited edition 8" x 10" black and white photograph taken during the event of the finished piece. I mean, really, this is very generous of you. Your contribution will purchase 7 dozen balloons...don't worry, I'll do the math...that's 84 white balloons! Thank you! Oh, yea, and to further thank you for your support you will also receive a hand written postcard and a limited edition 5" x 7" documentation photo from the day of installation.

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    Pledge US$ 98 or more About US$ 98

    With a donation of $98 or more, you will receive an 11” x 14” poster of the finished piece. Your contribution will purchase 14 dozen balloons. That’s 168 balloons! Thank you for being a superstar art supporter. In addition to the fabulous poster, you should check your mailbox, because to say thanks for your amazingly generous donation you will also receive a hand written postcard, and 2 limited edition 5" X 7" black and white photographs: 1 photo of the finished piece, and 1 documentation photograph.

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    Pledge US$ 203 or more About US$ 203

    All backers of $203 or more will, of course, receive a hand written thank you postcard as well as a 16 oz. high quality, dishwasher-safe frosted beer stein emblazoned with a black and white photo taken from the event. Okay, so I had to get out the calculator for this one. Do you realize that for a donation of $203 dollars you will supply the project with 348 balloons!? Really people, this is awesome of you! Thank you for helping to make this project possible, and due to your generous soul, you will receive an 8" x 10" photo of the event and a hand written thank you postcard, too!

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    Pledge US$ 252 or more About US$ 252

    All backers of $252 or more will receive a black and white 11" x 17" original hand painted Bread & Circuses image, just like my original inspiration. Your donation will contribute a whopping 432 balloons!!! You will also receive 3, 5" x 7" documentation photos from the balloon installation, and a hand written thank you postcard.

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    Pledge US$ 500 or more About US$ 500

    Up to 4 backers of $500 or more will receive the amazing once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to participate as a balloon specialist at the creation of Bread & Circuses! Come along and participate in the installation of 2,800 balloons, and then help burst all the balloons at the end of the day! The day includes a delicious lunch, and after the installation you will of course receive a hand written postcard to thank you for your unbelievable support and encouragement, as well as an original black and white 11" x 17" hand painted Bread & Circuses image, just like my original inspiration! Thank you so much for your generosity, and, I really look forward to meeting you on the day of installation!

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Funding period

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