My name is Ross Matteson. I am a professional sculptor and community activist living in the Pacific Northwest of the United States of America.
I need to raise at least $16,000 to finish and debut a monumental version of a glass and steel sculpture titled The Structure of Love Is Indestructible (The Structure of Love). This sculpture expresses an uplifting perspective and counters the typically sensational response to tragedies such as 9/11.
The Structure of Love will be finished and debut very soon: THIS September 11, 2013. The debut will last for five days, include inspirational speakers and music, and be free to the public.
$16,000 is the minimum amount needed to cover basic costs, including our very generous rewards for all of our backers. This $16,000 does not include payments to the artist or cover even half of the money that will be spent, so extra donations are most appreciated. Please watch my video where you will hear Bruce Salvog’s and Alice Musabende’s endorsements and remarkable stories about working to transcend victimhood. We have made their unedited stories available for you to read or listen to on this website: www.structureoflove.com. I encourage you to go there.
I feel that this is a remarkable opportunity. Your donations will help build a worldwide community of support for the messages in The Structure of Love Is Indestructible.
My deepest appreciation to you,
THE STORY BEHIND The Structure of Love
In October of 2001, only one month after September 11th, I made a sculpture. My motive was to honor the people from 90 different countries whose lives were lost or who were injured by the devastation of that day. It was to be a tribute based on the iconic World Trade Center towers, but one that could be looked at and thought about for many years to come without being sensational, depressing or emphasizing vulnerable structures and mortality. The intent of my design was to overwhelm and displace as many of the horrific and hypnotic images of that day as possible with the truth about those many lives, independent of that tragedy. I wanted to be awestruck by 3,000 unique individuals in the fullness of their potential and life.
I titled my piece The Structure of Love Is Indestructible. My premise was that the truth of those who were labeled as victims could never be destroyed. This original 4-foot-tall glass sculpture was covered with hundreds of doves etched into the sides of a single glass tower. These flying doves represented the beauty of these individuals as their families would think about them, not just as victims of a horrific day.
BIGGER SCULPTURE, EVEN BIGGER MEANING
The Structure of Love Is Indestructible has grown in both size and meaning. The new sculpture will have two glass towers instead of one, each measuring 10 feet (3 meters) tall and featuring a new ascending pattern of flying doves. The glass forms will be supported by a polished stainless steel base. Glass can suggest a fragile material but in this sculpture it will also represent the "structure of love" that is "indestructible".
Between 2001 and 2013 my message also grew to embrace victims of any tragedy, not just of 9/11. I realized that in the face of any challenge, filling my thought with what was true and good about people had always been a catalyst for good communication, creative problem solving, and healing. This was an empowering message that I felt should be shared.
Once my team finishes the sculpture, we want it to be widely seen by the public. We have already scheduled a five-day international debut event THIS September 11 through September 15, 2013. This celebration will take place at the Harbor House on Percival Landing at the Port of Olympia, Washington.
More than just a debut, this will be an opportunity to invite and inspire discussion surrounding the idea that “the structure of love is indestructible.” With successful funding of this Kickstarter project, each day of the event will have a different theme, supported by keynote speakers and music.
Visualize this newly unveiled glass monument lit up like a candle! Standing and performing in front of it, through word and music, creative and solution-minded people will cast their most positive light on the following themes about overcoming the “victim” label:
- Day 1: Honoring Service
- Day 2: Recognizing Peace and Justice
- Day 3: Courage in Journalism
- Day 4: Uncovering Truth in Nature
- Day 5: Interfaith Unity
This inclusive event will be free and open to the public. Its timeliness, outreach, and quality depend on your donations.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
I am a professional sculptor and community activist living in Olympia, Washington. In the last 25 years, my love for both humanity and the natural world has been expressed through my sculpture work. These pieces can be found in 16 countries around the world. Making an effort to communicate across both time and culture is one of my goals.
I am a graduate of The Evergreen State College, located in Olympia, WA and have had career paths in both the music recording industry and visual art. My sculpture has been shown in over 200 exhibitions. The works are in public, private, and corporate collections.
Museums that have featured my work include the Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa, OK), The Woodson Art Museum (Wausau, WI), The National Museum of Wildlife Art (Jackson, WY), the Bennington Center for the Arts (Bennington, VT), the Natural History Museum (London, United Kingdom), the Archives of Falconry (Boise, ID), and The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum (Oklahoma City, OK), where I have earned awards for two consecutive years. I represent my own work to collectors but am also represented by Astoria Fine Art, a gallery in Jackson, WY.
For more information, including an “artist statement” you are welcome to visit: http://www.mattesonsculpture.com/sculpturesPages/About_the_Artist.htm.
MEET OUR TEAM
Please visit our site www.structureoflove.com to see information about a wide variety of groups and individuals who are working on or have endorsed this project, including the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters (WSCFF). This partnership in particular has been invaluable for funding our outreach to the public and building morale.
The scale of my Kickstarter project requires a skilled team of artisans, engineers, specialized steel and glass suppliers, glass cutters, glass etchers, foundry workers, truckers, promoters, printers, editors, graphic designers, photographers, videographers, planners and administrators. This "team" is already in place, working with great determination to bring this piece to completion for our fast-approaching five-day debut. Some of them have granted the project special financial considerations. I am deeply honored by every form of support.
The $16,000 raised will help pay these generous and talented people, keep the project on schedule, and share my finished piece and its empowering message with as wide an audience as possible.
If you would like to be recognized for your participation in building this sculpture, please let us know. For any Kickstarter donor who requests it, we will recognize them individually in print, both on-line and in venues where The Structure of Love is exhibited while in the ownership of the artist.
A very large portion of successful Kickstarter funding of this project will cover costs related to the rewards of your choice. More than just token gestures, these significant rewards are honest expressions of gratitude. Your involvement is immensely important to us.
Reward options include stationary cards and limited-edition bronze castings. Some samples are pictured, but please check out our website www.structureoflove.com for more details (or click on any blue REWARDS link on this page) to see more detailed information.
Please pass the word near and far to anyone who may be interested in these gifts AND in helping to build and share The Structure of Love Is Indestructible!
Again, please take a look at our website www.structureoflove.com for sculpture progress, event updates and to learn more about the people and ideas behind this project.
Risks and challenges
As an artist of conscience, I have gone into debt hundreds of times to create something that I truly believe in. If the $16,000 goal is not reached, none of the money pledged by supporters for this project will be distributed to us or any of the collaborators for this project. It is an "all or nothing" effort.
Even though this 10-foot high enlargement of "The Structure of Love Is Indestructible" will be made and the debut event will take place whether or not this Kickstarter project receives full funding, the related costs will still be incurred by the artist if the funding goal is not reached.
The ambitious scale of the debut event in Olympia, WA will also be dramatically compromised if our Kickstarter funding goal is not reached.
All of the event costs, materials, expert artisan services, contractor costs, administrative fees, and substantial rewards make reaching (and exceeding) our $16,000 Kickstarter fundraising goal essential.
Aspects of CREATING THE SCULPTURE that will only be made possible by successful funding:
-- Compensating team members fairly for their time and expertise (especially those who are contributing on speculation of successful funding).
-- Photo documentation of the sculpting process
-- A start at covering artist's overhead costs (artist's time is not covered by the minimum funding goal, until the sculpture is sold)
Aspects of the DEBUT EVENT that will only be made possible by successful funding (especially early funding!):
-- Wider choice of keynote speakers
-- Wider outreach and follow-up to news organizations, including television, print, web and radio
-- Better ability to print and distribute posters and other promotional materials
-- Ability to pay live musicians
-- Ability to publicly express gratitude to all people involved
-- Broadcast-quality documentation of the event
Regarding rewards, please be patient if your gifts take some time to get to you. A longer delivery time is needed for these valuable gifts, especially for the bronze sculptures. I am very good about staying in touch with my collectors as their pieces are finished to uncompromising standards. You will get them!
There are many of us who feel that "The Structure of Love Is Indestructible" is an idea very much worth enlarging and supporting.
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