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24 life-sized straw bales bounce down a field as if flying. A temporary installation inspired by stop motion animation.
24 life-sized straw bales bounce down a field as if flying. A temporary installation inspired by stop motion animation.
67 backers pledged $3,586 to help bring this project to life.

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I’m Mike Landa and I want to make a bale of straw fly.

With the help of Kickstarter, I will create a temporary piece of sculpture that makes a bale of straw flip and bounce down a field. This piece is inspired by stop motion animation and the time lapse photography of Eadweard Muybridge. My piece differs in that it will be composed of 24 actual straw bales. Each bale held in place by a steel frame. Each bale frozen in time. Each bale representing one frame or one still image from one second of film. (Because most films are shot at 24 frames per second.) The final piece will be about 200 feet long with the top of the highest bouncing bale at about 7 feet. So pretty big.

Concept illustration
Concept illustration

About the sculpture site

Peaceful Belly has been kind enough to provide a space for this sculpture on their farm, a strip of land about 10 feet wide and 200 feet long. Peaceful Belly is a great asset to the City of Boise, providing delicious organic veggies and limitless energy promoting organic farming, affordable fresh food and healthy lifestyles. You can find out more about them at: www.peacefulbelly.com

Come fall when it’s time to put the farm to bed for the winter, I will deconstruct the piece with 99% of the materials being re-purposed on the farm. The straw will be used as mulch and the steel posts will become next year’s tomato trellising. Any miscellaneous parts will be recycled. The plan is for zero waste.

This Kickstarter wilI help pay for the materials and related costs involved with constructing this project including ongoing maintenance for the life of the sculpture.

I can’t do this without your help. Thanks for your interest and come out to Peaceful Belly to see the completed sculpture.

rough sketch
rough sketch
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sub structure sketch

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    Many thanks! Your name will be included with all of the donors at the sculpture site. All donors are also invited to the dedication party at the farm.

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    “When Straw Bales Fly” flip book, a signed copy.

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    Flying Bale t-shirt, hand-pulled by me and
    “When Straw Bales Fly” flip book

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    10” x 24” limited edition, signed print and a “When Straw Bales Fly” flip book

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    Bale Sponsorship. Your name will be printed on a nicely designed, weatherproof tag that will hang from a bale. Who wouldn't want that?

    Upon deconstruction I will mail you the tag plus you will receive a 10” x 24” limited edition, signed print and a “When Straw Bales Fly” flip book

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Funding period

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