Thank you for your support!
I'm Offering a stretch Goal: If I can gain another $2500 by the close of the campaign (Friday) I'll add another mountain to the collection. Happy to take suggestions, but it will likely be either The Minerettes (Southern CA) or Wrangell - St. Elias (Alaska) If I gain more than $4000, I'll do both.
The long and the short of it: I've created 3.5 prototypes of these pieces of art and I need your help to make the other 6.5. Read on!
Something that astounds me: Everyone loves mountains. OR. Everyone loves the sea. These massive forces of nature that we can't control. And I'm one of them. Completely fascinated by the shapes and structures that nature creates- seemingly on accident- so much so that we always are looking for meaning within it.
For me, creativity is also a force of nature- and I need your help to create the next round of what my heart is telling me to make. I've become completely enchanted with making a tribute to the mountains that define so much of the character of the West. Rugged, immediate, stunning, dramatic examples of nature that force jaws to the ground and a slowing of hearts whenever time is spent near them.
This work is a set of large scale panels - composed of wood, steel, acrylic, and light - reflecting the great mountains that I love.
The proposed mountains for this project (so far) are:
The Three Sisters, Broken Top, and Three Finger Jack in Oregon
The Grand Teton and Gannett Peak in Wyoming
City of Rocks and Mount Baldy in Idaho,
Mount Shasta, Whitney, and Tom in California,
and potentially more if funding goes well.
A Matter of Perspective: I visit the mountains a lot, and there are points of view I find completely enchanting that may not be the most immediately recognizable. As an example, my favorite view of The Grand Tetons is from Lake Solitude. (Go ahead, find it!) Each mountain will come with a Viewpoint GPS marker so you can find those views in your own adventure.
Natural Entropy: The steel of each panel will be carefully crafted, treated with natural compounds, and rain-weathered to reflect the nature of the mountains themselves.
Integrated Illumination: I have designed low profile lighting elements that are incorporated throughout the panels, adding beautiful highlights while allowing the panels to sit with a very low profile- no more than 1" off the wall.
Prototypes in Progress: You can see early prototypes and other examples of my work at callibeck.ninja/art
Some samples of rewards:
Who the heck am I, anyway:
My name is Calli Beck. I've been building things my whole life- and I've made a commitment to share the way I see the world through a creative melding of art and design. I've worked as an independent designer in fashion, textiles, interior design, art installation, event production and fabrication since 2006. My passion lies somewhere between new technology and old technique. I'm constantly trying to hone the skill of stitching them together.
I've been building stages, installing art, and creating interactive experiences at festivals all over the West Coast for years. I lived in San Francisco and have been helping produce events, gallery shows, and creative living spaces since 2005. I lived in Brooklyn and made art there for a while too-- throwing some rather ridiculous parties in Bushwick. I was part of a team that built a fire breathing art car that still goes to Burning Man every year (J.O.A.N.!!!).
Right now, I've tucked myself away in nature. I like it here, and I'm so excited to focus more on making small, scale-able projects that I can share with all of you. The better the little projects go, the more awesome the big projects can be!
Thank you for reading: I am working to raise the money to to make art for everyone who loves mountains, and to take them on a tour through other mountains in Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, and California. If funding goes well, I'll add more from Utah, Nevada, and Colorado.
I want to make more art for everyone-- Thank you for your help!
Risks and challenges
The most challenging part of this project will be making sure that all of the parts and pieces stay together over a long period of time.
Right now, I'm running some tests on different adhesives and mechanical attachments to ensure that the bonds they will create between the steel and acrylic and wood will last the life time of each piece.
The other part of this project that I'm concerned about is how big it could be. I'm taking the limits off of the bigger items, and the size and scope potential that opens up as a result is a little intimidating. I am preparing to turn this into a huge scale project- I have a fabrication lab at my disposal and the potential to hire both workers and interns if I need to scale up fast. I'm also planning on staying in communication with my funders as everything unfolds and clearly communicating adjustments to timelines if I need to push shipping dates out some ways.
My favorite challenge of this project is the potential to make a relatively large body of work with the support of the community around me. There are a bunch of logistics that I've already been working out-- meeting regularly with other fabricators to create a streamline production process that will allow me to make all of this work in a timely manner. I feel like I've been incubating a great collection of processes to create these works, and I'm excited to unleash them on the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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