My name is Stephen Shaheen, and I'm an artist living in Brooklyn, New York. I'm working on a really exciting sculpture installation that I hope you join me in creating.
I'm carving bones out of marble. A lot of bones.
My ultimate goal is to make a huge sculptural installation by the end of 2015. How big? The size of this artwork will be scaled by YOU!
That is, for every person who donates, the installation is going to grow. Whether you want me to make a hundred or a thousand, I'm going to sculpt one marble bone for every $100 received.
There is no limit.
Why Bones? Why Kickstarter?
Bones are fascinating as abstract, sculptural forms. Yet they also contain the same calcium that forms the geologic "bones" of the earth. Marble is literally the crystalized skeletons of ancient sea life. Even its veining reminds me of our own physiology. I want to offer a poetic interpretation of these complex relationships in an immense assemblage of marble bones.
I am a believer in the limitless and unforeseeable potential of collaborative art...crowd-sourced projects take on a life of their own, continually evolving through the transformative power of the collective. Between 2002 and 2011, hundreds of helpers joined me to create a 100-ton marble and granite 9/11 memorial in Highlands, New Jersey, which was completely crowd-sourced--both in donations of materials and cash, as well as the contribution of multiple hands in the actual sculpting process.
In 2010 I made another crowd-sourced project: Metrobench, a sculptural seat made from 5,000 Metrocards, for which I enlisted the participation of dozens of people on Craigslist:
Your contributions will create this installation by paying for the project's many costs. Between buying stone, transporting it, and having the proper supplies, sculpting marble is one of the most technically involved and expensive art forms. Fortunately, I own many of the big, costly power tools needed, however a project on this scale is impossible without patronage. Each bone will average one hundred dollars to make, and the baseline for this project is 150 bones. Here’s a picture of a few...imagine what dozens--or hundreds--will look like!
Can He Do It?
I've been carving stone for fourteen years. I trained in Italy for my first two years, and since that time have sculpted everything from monumental to miniature to multiples. I've confronted all kinds of challenges in this technically demanding medium, and I bring to it the comfort and speed of years of experience and hundreds of sculptures under my belt. Here are some of the works I've sculpted:
Risks and challenges
I know my pacing after having sculpted several initial bones, and I have clear access to materials and supplies once funding is in place. The only potential interruptions would be catastrophic (a physical injury sustained that delays my working, my studio burning down, etc.). Let's REALLY hope that none of these things come to pass!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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