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Big. Metal. Hot Air Balloons. Need we say more?

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What it’s all about

3-D modeling of Lift
3-D modeling of Lift

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.

Rewards

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!

I will be posting photos of the sculpture in progress on my Blog and Facebook Page.

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!

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    A HUGE thank you and your name on my website as a project contributor!
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    “I’d rather travel by balloon” project sticker mailed to you. A huge thank you and name included on my website as contributor!

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    A handwritten thank you note on a project postcard- featuring a process image of the piece- written and mailed to you while I’m traveling to install the piece in Arizona! You will also be listed as a contributor on my website!

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    A signed 8.5” x 11” high quality print of the finished piece, installed in Arizona. Your contribution made this possible! You will also receive an “I’d rather travel by balloon” sticker along with and huge thank you and your name included on my website!

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    A long sleeved, soft cotton, “I’d rather travel by balloon” shirt, a handwritten thank you on a project postcard- featuring a process image of the piece, and an “I’d rather travel by balloon” sticker.
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    “I’d rather travel by balloon” long sleeve, soft cotton, shirt, a signed 8.5” x 11” high quality print of the finished piece, installed in Arizona, a handwritten thank you on a project postcard- featuring a process image of the piece, and an “I’d rather travel by balloon” sticker!
    Your name will also be included on my website as a contributor.

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    14 backers

    One of a kind steel hot air balloon Necklace or Keychain, a signed 8.5” x 11” high quality print of the finished piece installed in Arizona, an “I’d rather travel by balloon” sticker, and your name listed on my website as a contributor!

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    4 backers

    One of a kind hand-made steel hot air balloon Necklace or Keychain, an “I’d rather travel by balloon” long sleeve, soft cotton, shirt, 3 different project postcards you can save or mail to your friends, an “I’d rather travel by balloon” sticker, and your name listed on my website as contributor!

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    One of a kind etched steel plate. This etched plate will feature a hand-drawn hot air balloon sketch etched into the metal plate using a chemical solution I've developed- and arrive to you ready to hang on your wall! You will also receive 3 different project postcards you can keep or mail to your friends, an “I’d rather travel by balloon” sticker, and your name listed on my website as contributor!

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    One of a kind drawn or painted project sketch on 25" x 38" high quality paper, an “I’d rather travel by balloon” long sleeve, soft cotton, shirt, 3 different project postcards you can save or mail to your friends, and of course, your name listed on my website as contributor!

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    4-person blacksmithing workshop in my studio, in Gainesville FL. You and 3 friends will each create and take home a completed hand-forged project of your choice. Class is 2.5 hours long and scheduled at your convenience in the spring of 2014.
    A “I’d rather travel by balloon” long sleeve, soft cotton, shirt for each participant (4 total).
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    Forged and fabricated table-top sculpture for your home. This metal sculpture will be inspired by the full-scale hot air balloon installation and created using traditional and modern metalworking techniques in my studio! I will present you preliminary sketches of the work and offer redesign opportunity to make sure you’re satisfied before I create your original work of art! You will also receive an “I’d rather travel by balloon” long sleeve soft cotton shirt, 3 different project postcards, and your name will be FEATURED on my website as a project contributor!

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Funding period

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