About this project
What it’s all about
Lift is a large-scale metal hot air balloon installation scheduled for exhibition in Arizona in early 2014. This piece has been a dream of mine for several years and this winter it will become a reality!
The three-part metal sculpture is inspired by imagery of hot air balloons and represents hope and opportunity. The entire footprint of the installation will fill a 20 foot by 20 foot space. Lift will be created in my shop in Gainesville, FL and transported to Scottsdale, AZ where it will be installed and exhibited as part of the Belle Art Exhibition, coordinated by the Scottsdale Public Art Program. I can’t say how incredible it feels to have the opportunity to create this work and share it with communities throughout the US. This is a huge milestone in my career and a wonderful opportunity to engage with people far from home.
For me the symbol of a hot air balloon represents hope and opportunity and has become an important icon of inspiration in my work over the last few years. I began sketching hot air balloons around the time I decided art was my life’s work. For me, Lift symbolizes the motivation to follow my dreams and embrace adventure! This is the first time I have had the opportunity to create and exhibit a hot air balloon inspired piece of art and it is truly an honor.
As a public artist I believe art should be incorporated into the daily lives of people everywhere. I strive to create work that will engage and inspire people of all ages and interests, and most importantly to awaken the everyday person from their ordinary routine. Lift is born from my own fearlessness and inspiration and by sharing it with you I hope the inspiration can multiply.
The Scope of the Piece
The balloon shapes will be made from suspended metal hoops and measure between 5 feet tall and 10 feet tall. The balloons will be suspended high in the air within a covered space in an outdoor location called the Bell Tower.
Below each balloon there will be a woven steel basket form. The baskets will measure between 18 inches and 36 inches in diameter and coordinate with the size of the balloon above. The baskets will be woven using some non-traditional blacksmithing techniques, and be capped on top to create sitting surfaces below each balloon. Visitors to Lift will have the opportunity to sit on top the woven benches and appear to be taking a hot air balloon ride.
Here is a sample of the hot metal weaving that will go into the piece.
How Your Funds Will Be Used
Your contribution plays a huge role in the success of this piece. Lift is a large-scale project that will require a lot of time and resources to create. I anticipate working diligently on this huge project for the next 3 months.
The entire cost to create the work and exhibit it in Arizona is around $25,500. The Scottsdale Public Art Program is able to contribute $7000, which will pay for the materials to make the sculpture, transportation and installation of the work.
This project will require my full attention over the next few months and due to the scope of the project and the time involved I will need $6,700 to keep my studio operating during this time.
The rewards for your contributions can’t compete with my gratitude for your participation, but I hope they will act to further share the experience of this monumental project.
The postcards, prints, and original artworks will feature process imagery of the piece and brainstorm sketching. I look forward to sharing this work with you as it is created.
The long sleeve shirts and stickers will incorporate the “I’d rather travel by balloon” design I created specifically for this project.
What Happens Now
I begin! I will be ordering materials, testing a few different weaving patterns with the metal, calculating measurement for every detail of the project, and most importantly getting my hands dirty in the shop building this monumental installation!
At the end of January I will be partaking in a fabulous road trip to Arizona, with balloons in tow. All along the journey I will be writing personal thank you notes and mailing project postcards. I will, of course, be posting photos from this epic journey all along the way!
Risks and challenges
I foresee little risk in this project. I have been creating large metal sculptures since 2007 and doing so in a professional setting since 2011. I have the experience necessary to create a project of this scope and I am looking forward to sharing with you each step along the way!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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