by rainer lagemann
Jul 7, 2011
Today was a very exciting day, kickstarter went live, I mailed 14000 emails.
Now all I can do is wait and see, but so far the response was great!
Dear Kickstarter supporter,
We did it!
The first “Climber over Miami” is financed!
The first “Climber over Miami” is welded, finished and eager to meet the final destination!
So, now what:
I’m requesting a meeting with Miami Dade Mayor Gimenez to find out what the local bureaucracy requires to approve a free, fully funded, by Dade County workers installed and tested, sculpture. The first location is right at the exit of the Brickel station, overlooking the Beethoven Plaza. I have the support of the Founder & executive Director Gustavo Alfredo Noguera, Beethoven Society of Miami Dade.
I will keep everybody informed.
Oh, btw, I approached several Non Profit organizations that are close to the potential locations if they would be interested to be part of this program. I assume that a little buzz created could benefit their good causes. Well, one of them had the nerve to ask outright for cash in addition to a sculpture for resale… Only in Miami…lol
Thank you again very much for your support, please allow me 4 weeks to get all the rewards out and going!
NIce, I hope this article helps push you to your Goal!
A quick update,
The Miami Times wrote an article about the project:
Artist Rainer Lagemann Wants to Art Up Blah Metrorail Pylons
By Cassie Glenn Mon., Jul. 18 2011 at 9:45 AM Comments (1)
When most people look at the Metrorail, they think nothing of the hundreds of gray columns supporting the 22-mile-long structure. When artist Rainer Lagemann looks at it, though, he sees a blank canvas for public art.
He calls himself "an artist for the human body." Born in Germany, he only began welding in 2005 while living in California. Before that, he jumped between jobs in architecture and interior design around the world. In 2009 he left San Francisco to scope out the Miami art scene and after a brief stint in New York, has found a home in the 305
His life-sized sculptures are modeled off poses made by sprinters, swimmers, and even yogis. A year and a half ago, he added the climbers to his repertoire. He sees this particular series as "young, hip, and body-oriented -- everything Miami is."
Earlier this month he started a campaign on Kickstarter called "Climbers over Miami." His mission is to raise money to fund a public art project that would attach these figures to the "grey and sad looking" columns all along the Metrorail. He needs $3,500 to pay for the first sculpture if his dream will become a reality. He says his goal would ultimately be for 25 installments total so they can be found not only downtown, but on the entire length of the track.
With backing from the non-profit Beethoven Society, he plans to creating the first one underneath the Brickell station. A primary wind tunnel test is necessary to ensure they're safe but once that is done, the next step would be to pick subsequent spots.
So far he has raised about 40 percent of his goal. On the site, you can pledge anywhere from $1 to $9,900. Different donation levels come with unique incentives like a signed print of one of the climbers Lagemann created to one of 13 body part sculptures.
"In the meantime I work on regular stuff for the galleries, but this is a project where I will not make any money but it's really dear to my heart."
Those wanting to donate can do so until September 5 via Kickstarter.
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