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Tom & Suzanne MontesanoBy Tom & Suzanne Montesano
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Tom & Suzanne MontesanoBy Tom & Suzanne Montesano
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About

What we are creating    ----    The Monte Sano Collection

How many times have you been to a State or National Park Visitor's Center and been captivated by those huge, beautiful, raised relief models of the area?  My family have always found them fascinating.  But those custom commissioned architectural models are one of a kind, and can cost ten's of thousands of dollars to create and display.

My wife Suzanne and I, want to make these beautiful pieces of art available to outdoor enthusiasts like ourselves, starving to express their passion for these iconic places.  Help us share our passion for the Great Outdoors with other outdoor enthusiasts like yourself by supporting the creation of a new genre of personal-sized exclusive collectible sculpture.

This new genre of Art has never been available to the public before.  They will make the perfect gift for those who would like an exclusive memento or souvenir of the region, or who just want to make a personal statement.  They will be the center of attraction on a shelf, credenza, coffee table or foyer table, at home or for display in the office.  The dimensions of these personal-sized pieces are 17.5" x 11" x 6.5" --  Perfect for home or office display. 

The newly created Mt Rainier will be released in the Limited Edition Wood Base Design, as is Snowbasin, below.

Snowbasin, Utah.  2002 Winter Olympic Venue--Limited Edition Wood Base Design
Snowbasin, Utah. 2002 Winter Olympic Venue--Limited Edition Wood Base Design

What the funds will support

Our intent is to broaden the scope of the collection to include many of our most iconic scenic Natural Wonders, and bring them to the world.  Your support will make possible the creation and release of our initial public offering in our Natural Wonders Series,  Mt Rainier. 

Potential future subjects may include such iconic places as Mt Fuji, The Matterhorn, Yosemite, Emerald Bay at Tahoe, Mt St Helens Before/After, Mt Everest, Crater Lake, Mt Hood, Niagara Falls, the Grand Canyon, Denali, The Tetons, Maroon Bells at Aspen, Victoria Falls and on and on.  With your support and inspiration, you may have a say in our next release. 

We have set no constraints on our potential subjects and will be ambitious at bringing them to the public.  We will include our community of friends and followers and give them a  voice in determining future subjects and projects.  Who knows what's next.  Let's all just enjoy the journey.

Our loftiest goal is to become nothing less than the premier producer of Collectible Scenic Sculpture worldwide.  After all, to paraphrase Thoreau on the Kickstarter Start page, the world is our canvas!

Our Original Series of Six

Our previous pieces have all been representations of our first passion -- Ski Resorts. They are all part of a personal collection of 21, and have never been available to the public.  They were detailed from aerial magazine photos, trail maps and topo maps.  The new releases will employ more modern detailing methods, so the final detail will be much more accurate, including proper location of tree stands, rock outcroppings, etc.

Just a note on the visual impact of the Ski Resort Collection examples below.  Not all skiers are experts.  And although some of the Ski Resorts are quite visibly dramatic, ski mountains must have easy skiable terrain to be economically viable, and therefore don't always represent the most dramatic subjects that will be forthcoming in our Natural Wonders Series.

Alta/Snowbird. Original Series of Six.
Alta/Snowbird. Original Series of Six.
Sun Valley. Original Series of Six.
Sun Valley. Original Series of Six.
Mammoth Mtn.  Original Series of Six.
Mammoth Mtn. Original Series of Six.
Squaw Valley.  Original Series of Six.
Squaw Valley. Original Series of Six.
Park City.  Original Series of Six.
Park City. Original Series of Six.
Aspen Mtn.  Original Series of Six.
Aspen Mtn. Original Series of Six.

Second Series created together with Suzanne

The Second Series enlarged the collectible and expanded our display case options, adding a wood back to the case and experimenting with a curved, "waterfall" acrylic case.  They were also rescaled from a 2:1 vertical exaggeration down to an 8:5 vertical exaggeration, more in line with the mind's eye perception of scale.

Jackson Hole--Optional "Waterfall" Wood-Backed Design
Jackson Hole--Optional "Waterfall" Wood-Backed Design
Sun Valley
Sun Valley
Park City/Deer Valley
Park City/Deer Valley
Northstar
Northstar
Crested Butte
Crested Butte
Kirkwood
Kirkwood
Heavenly
Heavenly
The Canyons
The Canyons
Alta/Snowbird-- Wood-Backed Design
Alta/Snowbird-- Wood-Backed Design
Mt Rose
Mt Rose

Enough already!  My apologies for the inconsistent photography--the photos have been taken over a period of many years.  We will have a  "Series of Six" style set of all 15 remaining resort photos, similar to the Snowbasin Limited Edition display, made in time for the Rewards. 

Photos of Breckenridge, Donner Summit (Sugarbowl), Telluride, Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley and Mammoth Mtn are not currently available as they are not yet encased, but will be in time for the rewards. 

We have already made 21 examples of our Western Ski Resorts and have had plenty of time to fine-tune size and scale considerations, production considerations and the design of different display options.

What will be required to bring our project to the public

For introduction to the public, we have had to design and develop two additional processes--the creation of a permanent mold and mother mold large enough to accommodate the original sculpture, along with the process of casting, cutting and sizing of the reproduction.

However, the new equipment and supply needs for the reproduction process along with the expanded space requirements are currently cost prohibitive and therefore must be included as a part of the funding request.

To accomplish our goals we are looking for your support to take this project from a garage and spare room hobby into a successful, viable, enterprise, including additional space for storage and the additional equipment and supplies our studio will require to bring our first release, Mt Rainier, to the public.

We have been working with these new processes and have developed successful and consistent quality reproduction methods using two of our ski area collectibles as subjects.  We now have several of these which we will make available as Rewards. They are Park City/Deer Valley and Snowbasin, both sites of the 2002 Winter Olympic Venue in Salt Lake City.

The wood case design and construction, and acrylic fabrication have been quite the learning process, and are all our first such attempts.  However,  I cannot in all honesty consider myself even an amateur woodworker or plastic fabricator.  So to accommodate the added molding and casting processes that will be required, and in the best interest of the quality standard of the collectibles, going forward, the woodwork and acrylic cases will be outsourced to provide time to concentrate on the sculpture work and project development.  This will increase the cost, but also the quality of the finished collectible, and make for better efficiencies in the process.

Also, it must be stated that at no time will computer generated modeling or 3-d printing be used, and all original sculpture will always be crafted by hand using traditional methods, and right here in the USA.

Marketing Penetration Strategy

Market penetration will take the form of an Inaugural Series of each release introduced as a numbered, Limited Edition Wood Base Design (Snowbasin photo is the example).  When the Limited Edition is exhausted or retired, the collectible will no longer be available in the Wood Base design.  Going forward, they will become available only in the Wood-Backed version, with the original acrylic cover (Alta/Snowbird is the example), or with the optional "Waterfall" Curved Cover (Jackson Hole is the example). There may be a Custom Wood option introduced also, all with their own price points.

This Strategy will encourage strong early penetration into the market, and help to cement the collectible status of the original Wood Base Limited Edition releases.  All new releases will follow the same market penetration strategy, thus increasing chances of forming a solid, lasting collectible secondary market and insuring increasing value into the future.

Rewards

Mammoth Mtn Raised Relief Map for Rewards
Mammoth Mtn Raised Relief Map for Rewards

Upon successful funding of our project, we will also be in a position to provide a limited edition signed, vinyl, raised relief map of Mt Rainier as a Reward.  While this process is beyond the scope of our original intended project, it will make for a unique Reward and we will be happy to develop the map.  However, we do not wish to dilute the impact of our original collectible with these maps, therefore, at this time, they will only be available as Limited Edition map rewards to our Backers and not to the public.  Map development and editing along with printing and shipping costs are included in the funding request.

Our social networking skills are lacking, however we have managed to launch a website. Take a look at MonteSanoCollection.com.  It is too early to know what it needs and doesn't need. Please don't forget to tell all of your friends about us and where to find us.  Without your help we will never become successful in this endeavor. Thank you in advance for your support.

Going Forward

The funding request, although substantial, represents the minimum funds required to make possible the first release and the rewards.  As to building a viable enterprise, for now, we will have to take one project at a time.  Hopefully, we have given you a vision of the potential for what this project can achieve with your generous support.

We hope we have inspired you to support us as it is our intent that we build our business around, and for, a community of like-minded passionate outdoor enthusiasts such as yourself.  We are sure that Kickstarter's raison d'etre will be well served with your generous help and support.  Thank you for your consideration.

Please check our new website at MonteSanoCollection.com for more information on who we are and what we have done in preparation for the launching of our Artwork.

Risks and challenges

We are estimating that we can equip and supply the studio and provide the collectible, ready for release, within a four month time-frame. Photos won't be available until that time. As far as the relief map for Rewards is concerned, we would like an additional month to design, reorient and Photoshop edit the raised relief map and secure the printing of the map. We will keep everyone abreast of our progress and of any unsuspected delays such as third party printing schedule problems.

We have had many years to ponder the considerations of production and are confident that with a successful funding we will have Mt Rainier and the rewards available on time. The woodwork and acrylic cases will be outsourced so we can concentrate on the original sculpture artwork. As we have lofty long-term goals, space considerations have become the biggest challenge going forward. Contingency plans are in place for dealing with most obstacles, however, if any questions arise, please be sure to contact us and we'll try our best to address them.

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