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Flexible is a interactive public art sculptural workout area where people can stretch and exercise, or observe and think.

THE INSPIRATION

This particular public artwork is inspired by a number of things I came across in the neighborhood of Astoria, Queens. Isamu Noguchi was one, Socrates Sculpture Park was another, and a workout area by the East River was the other. As I familiarized myself with these distinct entities that make up the complex, culturally diverse environment of Astoria, I became interested in communicating my ideas through public art, more specifically through interactive sculpture. The "Flexible" sculptures are utilitarian platforms that stand at human scale and stretch at human length. They welcome exploration in a physical way, such as stretching or workout routines, while insisting mental examination because of their nontraditional assembly. Through interactive participation, connections made between the body and the mind will help this project exist, and help it be alive. "Flexible" is a continued study on physically interactive objects within the public realm:

Darren Goins "Salad Days" at Socrates Sculpture Park, 2011
Darren Goins "Salad Days" at Socrates Sculpture Park, 2011

THE FLEXIBLE SCULPTURES

The installation consists of three constructions that can be traversed through while in the pedestrian plaza at 40th Street and Queens Boulevard, under the elevated 7 train that connects Times Square to Flushing, Queens- this particular subway stop is the entrance to Sunnyside, Queens. The three constructions connote particular activities through their orientations, such as static, dynamic, and ballistic stretches. The placement is essential for them to be interactive. Over a million people will travel through this subway stop over the duration of the install. "Flexible" is currently in fabrication and will be installed the first week of July 2013 and will be up until July 2014.

"Flexible" final designs, 1/16 scale models
"Flexible" final designs, 1/16 scale models
Site Plan for 40st and Queens Boulvard
Site Plan for 40st and Queens Boulvard

THE COLLABORATION

The project is a joint project with the Boys and Girls Club of Astoria, Queens, the Boys and Girls Club of Sunnyside, Queens, and the Department of Transportation New York City Urban Art program, as part of the pARTners program track. Working with the kids at the Boys and Girls Club, I put together workshops that included collage exercises, drawing, and model building. We found various ways to represent common forms into physically imagined interactive puzzles. The final designs were created within those environments. Flexible has been through a few changes, naturally, and now I'm starting this campaign to raise some money for the challenges of making sure it is safe for the public.

Boys and Girls Club of Sunnyside working on the models
Boys and Girls Club of Sunnyside working on the models

THE BUDGET

I've received support from the Department of Transportation and the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, which has helped tremendously, and Kickstarter is the final hurtle in raising funds that will help in seeing the project completion. To cover the complete budget, I need to raise $7,000. I have set a modest Kickstarter budget of $3,000, but please do not stop there. Your donation will help purchase essential materials, fabrication and installation costs, including safety mats, steel, paint, contracted labor or sculpture mounting.

THE REWARDS

Zines, "In the Hands" and "Continuous Glissando" (a part of the $10 and $25 pledges)
Zines, "In the Hands" and "Continuous Glissando" (a part of the $10 and $25 pledges)
Small painting! (a part of the $300 pledge)
Small painting! (a part of the $300 pledge)
Works on paper (a part of the $50, $150, $300 and $500 pledges)
Works on paper (a part of the $50, $150, $300 and $500 pledges)
Larger works on paper (a part of the $1000 pledge)
Larger works on paper (a part of the $1000 pledge)
Large Painting! (a part of the $1200 pledge)
Large Painting! (a part of the $1200 pledge)


Any help will be greatly appreciated.

Thank You

Darren Goins

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

I cannot predict anymore unique challenges, I've been through quite a few with this project thus far, and I can't begin to imagine anymore. With that said I don't believe they will occur because this is simply one of the final steps within the hardest part of this project, pulling together the funds necessary for completion. Other than that, the site permits have been acquired and the community board has elected the project continue.
Making and installing the work is the easier and most natural of the two for me, but who knows, maybe more obstacles will occur, but I'm trying to stay flexible. If they do arise I will continue to maneuver through them.

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    A copy of "In the Hands" will be provided. Synopsis: A 52 page graphic journey that begins with the dramatization of a piece of dust as it ā€œsettles between the keys in the keyboard.ā€ What follows is an adventure in the micro-cosmic world of particles. The visual language takes up an unfamiliar intersection between Dadaist mechanical montage, science-fictional fantasy, and the forms that one might expect to find at the bottom of the ocean. This is a unique dream-world that combines elements of the organic and the inorganic. http://printedmatter.org/catalogue/moreinfo.cfm?title_id=90495

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    A copy of "Continuous Glissando" will be provided. Synopsis: This little zine is black and white except for a green page. The designs and images are on various sized pages that grow in size toward the zine's center. Goins utilizes the basic computer program Microsoft Paint to add and eliminate information from scanned photographs and drawings, resulting in a work that is an elegant confusion of design. ā€œContinuous Glissando is broken down into three sections. Each section is a separate mediation and dissection that overlaps a succeeding section. The Fibonacci sequence, the singular, and the numerous loosely make up the sections. Laser jet prints of drawings made on Microsoft Paint, scans of ethced scanner beds, and photocopies of paint chips make up the images created.ā€ -- from the artist http://printedmatter.org/catalogue/moreinfo.cfm?title_id=92035 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XGP7kjI1JSY

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    A small work on acrylic panel (11x8.5") will be provided. Unique. Also a copy of "In the Hands" will be provided.

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    A larger mixed media work on acrylic panel that was once a public sculpture at socrates sculpture park and now it's a painting. Somewhere between 33x43". Unique. Also a copy of "In the Hands" and "Continuous Glissando" will be provided.

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    A larger mixed media work on acrylic panel with neon lights. Unique. Also a copy of "In the Hands" and "Continuous Glissando" will be provided.

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