The art work created in this campaign is produced by Mike and Terri Akins. We are award winning artists offering a limited edition of 56, Tyrannosaurus rex bronze sculptures, in addition to some limited edition dinosaur related art prints. We need your help to bring this intimidating carnivore, which is almost 3 feet long and 17 inches high, to life, in bronze.
We are offering this monster metal sculpture on Kickstarter for a drastically reduced price. Once in an art gallery, the bronze sculpture can more than double in price. Art and dinosaurs should be affordable for everyone. We want to see this bronze project take off, so we are offering this sculpture at the lowest possible price. It is prehistoric art of jurassic proportions, designed for dinosaur lovers and predatory alphas like you to display and show dominance to the world. This skeleton Tyrannosaurus rex sculpture, Lean and Mean, was inspired by Sue, one of the largest known Terra Firma carnivores. The creative vision of Artist Mike Akins portrays this Tyrannosaurus rex in a stalking, attack stance.
The original sculpture was carved and assembled by artist Mike Akins from basswood, metal, epoxies, and clay. Why a Trex sculpture? While in Florida many years ago, I saw a display of a few bronze dinosaurs. They were not for sale, not that I could afford them, but I knew someday I would need to make my own dinosaur art. Years, and many bird and fish carvings later, I have created my first dinosaur. We have initiated the bronze process, by ordering and purchasing the molds to be cast in wax. The casting is being done by Tim Parks of TW Bronze in Enterprise, Oregon. Tim Parks is one of the top 5 premier bronze craftsman in the US. We anticipate and will guide the patinas on this bronze to be rich and dark with highlights of various colors to convey this extinct massive creature in prehistoric glory.
The Carving Process
Why make art in bronze? Because this type of craft will last. In Ancient Egypt, the Bronze Age began in the Protodynastic period, around 3150 BC, leaving bronze artifacts still intact today. Another example; for more than 4,000 years, a man lay buried in a corner of a field in the English County of Sussex, holding a rare and precious object that was literally a piece of cutting-edge technology - this was a dagger made of bronze. If a bronze dagger can last 4,000 years underground, I anticipate this bronze art should last a very long time, beyond our lifetimes, and increase in value along the way.
Why is bronze so expensive? Bronze work by artisan craftsmen is a very labor intensive process. The Trex sculpture is also, one large complicated project and very difficult to be cast in bronze. Most bronze sculptures can be cast in a few molds. Not this dinosaur skeleton. My original art, which took about a year to carve, sculpt and assemble, was cut up into 31 separate pieces (very sad) to be able to cast into molds. Once the medal is cast, all those pieces have to be joined back together. Enjoy this short video of Master Sculpture Nano Lopez, explaining the art to lost wax to bronze process: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy8s1c5NE2M
You can make the ultimate art statement by adding this bronze to your home, office, man or girl cave collection. By displaying this bronze sculpture you will strike up jurassic conversations with guests, colleagues and visitors.
Lean and Mean Tyrannosaurus rex Bronze Sculpture, 35" x 17"
We are also offering a Tyrannosaurus rex Head Bronze Sculpture, measuring approximately 5 - 6 inches long, which works well as a companion piece to the above full skeleton bronze. It is featured in its own tier.
Tyrannosaurus rex Head Bronze Sculpture
Also available on this Kickstarter campaign are various art prints of prehistoric flowers and dinosaurs by Mike and Terri Akins. A Limited Edition print of a Styracosaurus being discovered by a Tyrannosaurus rex in a small pond is also available as a companion piece to the bronze. It is titled, The Hunt Begins by Mike Akins.
The Hunt Begins by Mike Akins
Prehistoric flowers are featured in this botanical painting, Viburnum tinus by artist Terri Akins, offered in two sizes.
Viburnum tinus by artist Terri Akins
For a review of our other works of art, please visit akinsartgallery.com
Thank you for exploring our Kickstarter campaign. We hope you enjoy our project enough to support us and allow dinosaurs to once again roam the earth.
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Risks and challenges
What are the risks and challenges? This is our second Kickstarter campaign. Our first campaign was successful and we understand the process and do not anticipate any delays. We have already invested $2000.00 to produce the wax molds for this bronze. The bronze making process has begun. The first bronze should be produced by the end of September. If this Kickstarter campaign is wildly successful, the biggest issue may be fulfilling all bronze orders in a timely manner. We anticipate the first wave of 6 sculptures should be delivered sometime in late October. The next wave of 6 should be available for delivery in November. We are dedicating all our resources to this campaign and will pursue orders being fulfilled in a timely manner.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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