Red Lahore believed that we would one day come to need pigeons for the same reason for which they were originally domesticated; food, companionship, messengers and entertainment. In order to make sure this would be possible, he enshrined decades worth of knowledge about pigeons in a Portable On Demand Storage unit that could also be used to breed actual pigeons. Incorporating paintings, sculpture and digital design, the pigeon PODS is meant to change your preconceived notions about pigeons. I want to build and restore this body of work as a travelling art installation. This piece is one of five selected to be exhibited at SparkCon in Raleigh in September. I proposed that this installation be kept together and transported to Philadelphia in December where it will be on display as part of my MFA thesis show. The piece is called "The Pigeon PODS of Red Lahore", a real work of art by a mysterious man who could have been me in another life. It is a commentary on how we view animals in general and pigeons in particular.
The show in Raleigh is happening as well as the show in Philadelphia, all that remains is to make sure the PODS is there. The cost to move the unit from Raleigh to my house, from my house to Philadelphia and back again will be around $1600. The cost of materials for the installation, including an internal structure so that I do not have to drill into the side of the PODS (which is frowned upon by the PODS corporation), will take up the rest of the $2000. Any additional money raised beyond this goal will help me keep the PODS intact to submit to future shows.
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