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A local checker game translated into a brick and mortar monument.
A local checker game translated into a brick and mortar monument.
37 backers pledged $2,206 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! We Made it!

Making this Kickstarter goal is a big relief and hugely exciting!

I started this Kickstarter to fill a funding gap, now it looks like we might be able to achieve something a little bit more. I’d like to make this abandoned lot a beacon in the night. I had lighting in my original proposal, but could not afford it. I have tested grazing lights that will catch the bricks, casting them in dramatic shadows. We can install architectural lighting if we stretch to raise $2500!

"Checker Brick House" is a collaboration between local Pittsburgh youth, artist Jesse Kauppila, and Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center, a new Pittsburgh non-profit.  "Checker Brick House" is an extension of Neue Kirche's mission to enhance community interactivity in the East Deutschtown neighborhood through innovative artworks that make otherwise empty spaces, active places for healing, growth and revitalization.

Local residents Ruth Dailey and Andrew Reamer have donated the site for this sculpture, an abandoned lot on the corner of Concord Street and Turtle Way on the Northside of Pittsburgh, PA.
Local residents Ruth Dailey and Andrew Reamer have donated the site for this sculpture, an abandoned lot on the corner of Concord Street and Turtle Way on the Northside of Pittsburgh, PA.

Community Project

This project is a community effort. Local residents Ruth Dailey and Andrew Reamer have donated the site for this sculpture. The Stone Mason’s Union Local 526 has laid a concrete pad to support this 2 ton structure. Emeritus Carnegie Mellon Professor Larry Cartwright is assisting in engineering this undertaking. City View Church has hosted checker games and local non-profit Allegheny Clean Ways has donated materials.

Upper Left: Excavating Foundation, Upper Right: Local 526 Laying Concrete, Lower Left: Rebar Structural Engineering, Lower Right: Rendering of Final Sculpture
Upper Left: Excavating Foundation, Upper Right: Local 526 Laying Concrete, Lower Left: Rebar Structural Engineering, Lower Right: Rendering of Final Sculpture

Design

To design this sculpture I played checkers with local youth at Community Centers, After-School Programs, and Church Luncheons. I chose to make Checker Brick House from one of these games played between two young brothers, beloved in the community, but who have sadly moved away.

Every checker on each turn of the two brother’s two-dimensional checkerboard was translated into a brick. These bricks were then stacked to create a three-dimensional sculpture that represents the state of their checker game from beginning to end.

Our Kickstarter Goal

There are substantial costs for a permanent public art project of this scope. We have received a $1500 grant from Pittsburgh's Sprout Fund to help cover theses costs, but we need to raise another $1000 to cover the rest of our material and labor expenses. These include bricks, mortar, rebar, and scaffolding.

 Rewards

I made and photographed a Lego model of Checker Brick House. I have a limited edition of small, 4" x 5" chemical prints made by Light Waves Imaging.  You can have one for your donation of $25.

A grid of holes (Top Left) is randomly filled with ball bearings (Top Right) Square lead blocks (Bottom Left) are pushed upward when lowered upon the ball bearings. These raised lead blocks are then used to create a relief print (Bottom Right).
A grid of holes (Top Left) is randomly filled with ball bearings (Top Right) Square lead blocks (Bottom Left) are pushed upward when lowered upon the ball bearings. These raised lead blocks are then used to create a relief print (Bottom Right).

Your pledge of $65 gets you a unique, FRAMED randomly generated print straight from my "Bitmap Machine," a one-of-a-kind apparatus of my own design. 

But wait there's more!

"Brick House" a randomly generated sculpture and the precursor to "Checker Brick House."
"Brick House" a randomly generated sculpture and the precursor to "Checker Brick House."

"Brick House" is a photograph of a Lego sculpture (not a digital rendering). Your pledge of $180 gets you an 18 in. x 18 in. limited edition photograph printed by Light Waves Imaging.

This photograph was created by exploding printer toner onto a glass plate. A dark room photograph was then made from this plate.
This photograph was created by exploding printer toner onto a glass plate. A dark room photograph was then made from this plate.

For your pledge of $3000 you'll get this unique, original, abstract photograph created while I was a resident artist at Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco.  This print has been framed to the highest museum standards (cleat wall mounting system, UV and antiglare glass) by Sterling Art Services in San Francisco.

Risks and challenges

This project is well underway.

In April we dug a foundation. In July the concrete pad was poured.

We would like to complete this sculpture by August 28th, 2015.

In order to make this deadline the structural engineering of this structure will need to be completed and approved, we'll need to finish testing finishes, and I'll need to put together an elite team of fabricators.

All of these things are in the works. I'll keep you updated as to my progress!

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    Thanks! Come to the opening party at Neue Kirche Community Art Center on August 29th!

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    A limited edition photograph of "Checker Brick House" rendering.

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    Art!

    Unique, FRAMED, Bitmap Machine Print

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    Show your community support!

    Your NAME or INITIALS on pedestal of "Checker Brick House."

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    More Art!

    FRAMED, Original, Limited, Edition Print of "Brick House 2"

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    Custom Lego Kit!

    Make your own Lego Sculptural Model of checker brick house in the privacy of your own home!

    Comes with the necessary Lego bricks.

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    Guest(s) of honor at opening.

    We will make you (plus one) the guest of honor at the opening party at Neue Kirche on August 29th!

    This will include a super special checker themed meal.

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    Original EXPLOSION print, framed!

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- (25 days)