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Nile PlumbBy Nile Plumb
First created
Nile PlumbBy Nile Plumb
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£2,401
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backers
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Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, February 28 2016 9:59 PM UTC +00:00

About

Beginning in 2010, Staffordshire University graduate Nile Plumb launched a campaign to immortalize rock legends Lemmy and Slash permanently in their native city.  Lemmy Kilmister, the recently deceased frontman for legendary metal group Motorhead, was born in Burslem and Slash or Saul Hudson, former lead guitarist with Guns N' Roses, grew up in the city.  To date the Facebook campaign has drawn support from more than 5,000 people. Nile insists that Lemmy and Slash are deserving due to their achievements and the legacy of their musical careers.  Further, the two legends and because both have ties to Stoke-on-Trent. Speaking on BBC Radio Stoke, he said: "There's a lot of interest and people really want to get behind it. The musical genius of these two rockers is something for this community to celebrate."

Whyte's 1/4 scale rough sketch of the pose
Whyte's 1/4 scale rough sketch of the pose

Since its launch, the campaign has chosen noted figurative sculptor Steven Whyte, to sculpt the rock heroes. Whyte was educated in Stoke-on-Trent and now lives in California. Whyte first saw Motorhead when he was 14 years old and has been a big fan of both bands for decades. His last sculpture sold for over $1,700,000 so when it comes to qualifications for this project, Steven Whyte is "Definitely the Ace! Overkill!" says Plumb. 

Whyte's Son Corey working from Lemmy
Whyte's Son Corey working from Lemmy

The current plan is to raise funds to have matching life size statues of the rockers posed together in cast bronze, and host simultaneous unveilings in Stoke-on-Trent and on the Sunset Strip in LA, CA. If we raise more than the current goal, Steven Whyte's just gonna make them BIGGER!

Luckily, the long-standing support for the project and Whyte's involvement allowed the sculptor to meet with Lemmy for a series of live portrait sittings.  These sessions are the only one the rock god participated in prior to his passing.  The ability to sculpt his likeness from life, will help assure's the monument's authenticity and speaks to Lemmy's support of the project and the artistic team.

Whyte's life size bust of Lemmy
Whyte's life size bust of Lemmy

Risks and challenges

Sculptor Steven Whyte says "the toughest part of the whole project is sculpting Slash's mane of hair!", it should also be a challenging task to arrange and simultaneously unveil both statues on different continents.

While the sculpture team is confident in their ability to product, construct and install the monument, finding two suitable locations and obtaining permission from the local councils will still need to be addressed. Fan support would go a long way in assisting with this effort.

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    A limited edition bronze sculpture of the busts of Lemmy and Slash from the sculptor, Steven Whyte's maquette for the statues.

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