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Domestic Soldiers are an artistic spin on this classic cultural icon. They are armed with household objects instead of weapons.
Domestic Soldiers are an artistic spin on this classic cultural icon. They are armed with household objects instead of weapons.
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The plastic soldiers I played with as a young child were objects of a simulated war that held no other purpose or use beyond their duty as play toys. They are frozen in the act of fighting. For the real soldiers that these sculptures portray, the reality is that even the most battle-hardened warrior is still a person, with a life and home to which they hope to return. These sculptures perhaps acknowledge the battle that soldiers fight at home; the fight for a normal life.

Domestic Watering

Domestic Watering
Domestic Watering

“Domestic Watering” was made based on a soldier raising his weapon and stepping into battle. But instead of leading a charge, this soldier is nurturing his garden.

Domestic Reading

“Domestic Reading” was based on a kneeling sniper staring down his scope toward the enemy. However, a book, not the sight of an enemy, captivates this soldier.

Domestic Cleaning

“Domestic Cleaning” was inspired by a soldier holding a machine gun in one arm and a grenade in the other. Unlike the original plastic toy soldier, this one is armed with a vacuum not a gun. 

The figures are all about 2 inches tall and 3 inches in length depending on the design.

Collector's Set
Collector's Set

The Collector's Set comes with the first three Domestic Soldiers and limited edition custom display that includes a glass dome and with a custom cast hand painted base. Each display will be numbered and signed. It's Perfect for displaying in your art collection.

  War Ball

War Ball
War Ball
War Ball (detail)
War Ball (detail)

"War Ball" is a one-of-a-kind sculpture made from actual plastic toy soldiers welded together. This was the first artwork I made in this series. It was exhibited most notably in New York MOMA PS1 this past spring. From a distance it looks like a ball you might play with, but as you get closer you see individual soldiers fused together in frozen vignettes welded into a permanent battle. It embodies the conflict I had mixing war and play.

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If this project is successful, I will continue to produce new designs to expand the Domestic Soldiers collection.

Acknowledgments

Video credit: Lars Mayrand 

Music credit: Broke for free- Something Elated, Broke for free- Gold Lining 

Photography credit: Christine G. Leong, Eric Lodgren, MARCO RINALDI http://aasarchitecture.com/2013/04/moma-ps1s-vw-dome-2.html

Risks and challenges

Plastic injection molding is a well-established technology and has been around for over one hundred years. Although I have little experience with plastic molding, I have good experience in more complex mold making methods. Fortunately LNS Technologies developed a simple to use entry-level plastic molding injector that makes high quality parts. It is perfectly scaled for this project. Incidentally, it was successfully developed right here on Kickstarter.

There is some risk of a short delay if the learning curve to the machine takes longer than expected. However, since this is a very simple machine and these objects are very simple in design, I do not anticipate this risk to be significant.

Should the campaign goal exceed beyond my expectation, there might be a short delay in delivery. I will keep everyone posted should this occur.

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    You get a handwritten thank you on a postcard featuring the first three designs of the Domestic Soldier series.

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    You get the “Domestic Watering” soldier signed and dated with certificate

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    You get the Three piece set-- The first three designs of my plastic Domestic Soldier series, a certificate plus a postcard of the set.

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    Team set- you get 6 soldier of your choice

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    Squadron set- you get 9 soldiers of your choice

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    The Collector’s Set- You get the first three Domestic Soldiers and limited edition custom display that includes a glass dome and with a custom cast hand painted base. Each display will be numbered and signed. Perfect for displaying in your art collection.

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    War Ball- A one of a kind sculpture, which was exhibited at the Dome of New York MOMA PS1, spring 2014. Comes with exhibition label and artist statement.

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