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A sculpture and collaborative project set within 2000 acres of the beautiful Chihuahuan desert.
A sculpture and collaborative project set within 2000 acres of the beautiful Chihuahuan desert.
51 backers pledged $3,299 to help bring this project to life.

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  • Title: Kronos-1
  • Dimensions: 15 feet length x 6 1/2 feet wide x 4 feet tall
  • Materials: Plywood 
  • Date: October 2013 
  • Duration: the sculpture will remain on site for one year after which it will be taken down to be reassembled at a later date.
  • Funding: Your backing if successful will used for traveling to the site location, the transport of the materials and fabrication costs.

Mission Statement:

A collaboration by Tyson Skross and Greg Nay taking place on the Pino Family Ranch outside of Carrizozo, New Mexico. The project will consist of a large scale sculpture designed by Tyson and will conclude with a book of images and writings by Greg.

The conceptual origin of this shape came from a model kit of a German World War Two Halftrack. The raw shell of this vehicle has a skull like structure and was one of the first things that drew Tyson in.
It seemed a fetching metaphor for the death and destruction that these and other vehicles have caused. A device for the ending of life and a catalyst for decay. As this cycle of life is not just a human experience, the object can then be looked at as part of nature. Eventually everything returns to the earth as base elements, becoming re-accumulated, re-configured as minerals – the building blocks of this planet. Used for life by all living things to survive, to build, to protect, to destroy, to be consumed to become part of, to break down.

That is why he is drawn to the shape of the halftrack, how it is bluntly illustrative of its role but also contains a mystery like the centre of a gem. 

In previous editions of the sculpture, Tyson has made resin moulds, plaster casts and sculptures each time simplifying and abstracting the form. Little by little the form and the ideas behind it evolved into their current shape. 

This project would make it possible to create a full scale version that is engaged with the surrounding landscape allowing it to further evolve and for the work to move forward. Time permitting the affects of weather and natural occurrences will hopefully contribute towards this goal as the piece is accepted by the land.

At the end of the year long project the sculpture will be dismantled. If successful more installations could be conceived with the intent of focusing on different construction materials and an on-going look into how they adapt with their location.

Example of the black cast sculptures available in reward #5
Example of the black cast sculptures available in reward #5

Location:

The Pino Family Ranch seemed the perfect location to situate this sculpture. It lies in the Chihuahuan Desert just outside of the town of Carrizozo in a location that is tied not only to the arts but to the conceptual subject matter of the sculpture. Less than 50 miles from the trinity site where the first test of an atomic bomb took place it is also nestled in-between the formerly gold rich Capitan mountain range and a prehistoric lava field called the valley of fires. A location where oddities in ancient geological history meet one of the most important man made events in recent history. This ties into the title of the piece, kronos-1 a reference to the Greek god of time and a nod to the tradition of naming military vehicles.

Not only does the location have a rich history but the Pino Family has a desire to make the ranch and the town of Carrizozo a place where the arts can thrive. 

From the Pino Family:

The Pino Ranch is a working ranch in the Southeastern New Mexico high desert, just outside the quirky little town of Carrizozo. The Ranch has been worked and loved by the Pino family for many generations, and recently the family entered into a conservation easement to protect the land from development. The Pino family want to preserve the land for future generations and to honor the many hardworking ancestors that came before them. As the family looks forward, they have ensured that the Ranch will remain a natural haven for the animals, but perhaps also in a new reincarnation, envision the land as a haven for artists, nature lovers, cowboys, and anyone else who just gets what this place is all about. The nearby frontier town of Carrizozo has much the same pioneering artistic spirit, there are galleries to explore and the best salsa this side of the Rio Grande. The potential is here for greatness. Help us fund the first step.

xo the CASA PINO

Drawing similar to what can be expected as part of reward #7
Drawing similar to what can be expected as part of reward #7

About Us:

Tyson is an artist living in Brooklyn and Greg is a writer living in London. We have been working on projects together since we met way back in middle school. These projects resulted in written compositions, visual explorations or simply insight into new subjects. Our last trip took us through London, Berlin and Prague on a trip that explored Brutalist architecture eventually ending at the Sedlec Ossuary. The result was a photographic essay and the influence of the experience on both of our creative endeavors.

Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
Sedlec Ossuary, Czech Republic
Installation shot of Tyson's work
Installation shot of Tyson's work

This project would be the first opportunity to allow us to create a site specific work. Giving us the ability to create a tangible record of our experience in this location while influencing our future ventures. 

California 1999
California 1999

For all of the planning and anticipation that we are putting into this project we are equally excited to find what is waiting for us out there, those unexpected things that will take us by surprise. We don't know where this project will ultimately lead, but that is the most exciting part, and we hope to take you with us.

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenges in this project are the logistics of having the piece fabricated site unseen and transporting it to the location.
Tyson's years of experience in his day job as an art handler have given him the chance to meet many talented artists and fabricators who have advised him on the creation of this sculpture. Having installed hundreds of exhibitions, coordinating with artists around the world, he feels that he has the knowledge to make this project happen. Along with Greg and the helpful folks of Carrizozo Works there is lots of support on the ground. With your support we are confident in our ability to make this project a reality.

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    A handmade postcard, plus a big thank you. All rewards also include backer only updates to project page - see where we are in the project and see pictures as the project unfolds.

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    Archival 8 x 10 signed photographic print of the finished sculpture on-site. Backer only updates to project page

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    Handmade woodcut print made by Tyson in collaboration with Allyson Smith, each one is unique (approx. 8" x 10"). Backer only updates to project page

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    Special edition 'Deathrock' book including writings by Greg, beautiful full color photos and artwork all made during the trip. Backer only updates to project page

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    One of the original sculptures that was the impetus for this project. Cast in plastic, with mineral additions, each is one of a kind. Backer only updates to project page

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    includes the handmade postcard, photograph, Deathrock book, and the cast sculpture, including your choice between the black cast or a limited number of gold and green casts. Backer only updates to project page

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    A one of a kind drawing by Tyson approx 12" x 9" on a wood panel. Backer only updates to project page

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    A one of a kind 16" x 12" painting created by Tyson just for you, based on his experiences completing this project and relating to the location. Backer only updates to project page

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    This very special reward is the actual prototype sculpture that will be constructed in the early stages of the project. At 1/4 the scale of the finished sculpture it measures approx 4 feet long by 1 tall and 1.5 wide. Backer only updates to project page

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