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backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Fri, November 29 2013 11:12 PM UTC +00:00

About

It’s time for us to build America’s next great roadside attraction, one so mighty it can trample the Corn Palace, smash Paul Bunyan to splinters, and swallow the world’s largest ball of twine in a single gulp!

I'm speaking, of course, about Kudzilla, a mighty green monster made of kudzu. Let's work together to make it a reality.

Exciting things you'll find below:

  • Facts and figures about Kudzu.
  • Our plans to build a Kudzilla.
  • Extra-special Betabrand products for pledges.
  • Suggested tweets, courtesy of Kudzilla.
  • An angry retort from King Ghidorah.

You're familiar with 'zillas, but do you know about kudzu?

Kudzu is the vine that ate the South. This astonishingly quick-growing plant has turned acre upon acre of fields, forests, and empty lots into lush green carpets.    

Across the region, countless buildings, trees, and telephone poles are enveloped by kudzu every year, transforming them into enormous leafy creatures. Behold:  

CREDIT: Johnny Randall, North Carolina Botanical Garden (Bugwood.org)
CREDIT: Johnny Randall, North Carolina Botanical Garden (Bugwood.org)

The big idea: build a 40-foot Godzilla-like structure, then let kudzu do the rest. 

Now we want to harness the amazing power of kudzu to create a creature of our own. Your pledges will finance the construction of a massive skeleton, which will then be covered and smothered in kudzu. We've assembled an ever-growing team of experts — architects, engineers, gardeners, and topiary artists, among others — to turn this idea into awe-inspiring reality.

Given kudzu's rapid growth rate (up to a foot a day), our botanical beast should take shape in 3-6 months. We've picked the Atlanta area as the likely home of Kudzilla, but we're open to different locations. 

The more funding this project receives, the bigger and better Kudzilla will become! Could Kudzilla breathe fire or wave its arms menacingly? Yes! It just depends how much we exceed our goal of $50,000.

3D models of the Kudzilla sculpture:

How your pledge helps Kudzilla grow:

Pledge rewards: extra-special Betabrand products!

Betabrand designers — the same folks who've brought the world famous pants and hoodies like CordaroundsDress Pant Sweatpants, Executive Hoodies, and Disco Hoodies — have cooked up some fantastic creations especially for monster-lovers like you. Be sure to check the menu on the right for a full list of pledge rewards, including combo specials.

And why the heck are we building this thing?

It may sound a little weird that a San Francisco clothier wants to build a kudzu monster in the South, so here's the story: Betabrand founder Chris Lindland studied at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he first saw (and became fascinated with) kudzu. For years, he and his college friend, who still lives in the South, have dreamed about making Kudzilla a reality. Now, it's finally time to bring it to life!

Help Kudzilla spread the word!

Ever the self-promoter, Kudzilla has whipped up a few suggested tweets to help you tell the world about your favorite new friend. You can follow Kudzilla's every tweet and interact with fellow project backers at @Kudzilla2014.

How else can you help?

As much as possible, we want to make this a community project; the more brainpower and muscle power we can get, the cooler Kudzilla will be. Is your school interested? Is your company interested? Is your town in need of a unique tourist attraction? Stay tuned for details on how you can contribute.

Finally, an angry retort from King Ghidorah:

Risks and challenges

Yes, we want to go big with this project — 40 feet or higher. But as you go larger, costs tend to multiply. So, in the event folks overfund the project, we'll likely try to make Kudzilla better before we make it bigger. It would be disastrous to aim for 50 or 60 feet, only to find ourselves cut off at the neck (quite literally) by skyrocketing building costs.

Fortunately, we have advisors in architecture, engineering, and botany who'll guide us toward a mega-monster that is as big as our budget realistically allows.

Another challenge is location. While we assume we'll be able to find a home for Kudzilla somewhere in the South — the Atlanta area being the frontrunner for various logistical reasons — we haven't finalized a location yet.

In fact, we think finding the home will be a great chapter in the Kudzilla story. Donated land would be ideal; avoiding the land-acquisition process means we can spend more time, energy, and, of course, money on the building process.

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    For just one dollar, the price of a 1/3 of a cup of coffee, you can sponsor one of the thousands of beautiful kudzu leaves that will coat our botanical beast. Your name will be etched in the leafy green annals of history! And you'll receive an official sponsorship email, somewhat suitable for framing.

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    Your "Kudzilla Media Insider" pledge entitles you to VIP-level information on all breaking kudzilla-related news: project updates, monster gossip, and so much more!

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    You will receive a brief phone call from none other than Kudzilla creator Chris Lindland. The topic of conversation is up to you: Kudzilla, politics, and/or pants.

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    Incredible Kudzilla Socks! You will receive a pair of handsome socks that fit both male and female feet. Despite their name, however, they will not fit Kudzilla-sized feet.

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    The Green Kudzilla Tee! The closest you can get to being an actual Kudzilla without plastic surgery and recombinant-DNA therapy. BONUS: also entitles you to Kudzilla Media Insider privileges!

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    The Black Kudzilla Tee! This handsome, vaguely ominous garment shows the world that when it comes to monsters, you mean business.

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    The Kudzilla Size-Chart Tee! As you can see, the world's great statuary will soon pale in comparison to our gigantic green friend.

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    The Kudzu Takeover Tee! Show solidarity with the Kudzilla cause by cloaking yourself in its namesake vine.

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    The Green Disco Hoodie! An ultra-rare version of Betabrand's famous Reversible Disco Hoodie. Comes with the Kudzilla Seal of Authenticity, plus lifetime protection against Mothra.

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    The Kudzilla Tee 4-pack. Pick any four shirts, in any sizes (XS-XXL).

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    Pledge $400 or more About $400

    Get the socks, all four tees, and the Green Disco Hoodie.

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    Welcome to the ultra-elite Kudzillionaires Club! Membership entitles you to all the aforementioned goodies, plus exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Project Kudzilla AND an official invite to the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

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