Funded! This project was successfully funded on October 21, 2013.

Photo-main
Play
00:00
00:00

Liberty Arts is a non-profit arts community launching an annual world-class outdoor sculpture celebration for the people of Durham, NC.

***Follow us on Twitter HERE and Friend us on Facebook HERE***

All Donations are Tax-Deductible!

The Project

The Bull City Sculpture Show is the vision of a community based non-profit organization in Durham, N.C.

We at Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio and Foundry, want to bring twelve awe-inspiring outdoor sculptures from across the U.S. to Downtown Durham next May, and we need your support!

This will be a world-class collection presented for six months free of charge to all visitors. And all will be within walking distance of Durham Central Park. 

One sculpture will be purchased for Durham and displayed here permanently. In addition, a People’s Choice Award will stay in the city on loan for one year. 

With at least one sculpture added from each future annual exhibition, the Bull City Sculpture Show will soon put Durham on the map as a hot spot not just for our food, music, film, start-ups, grit and cool people, but also as a destination for great outdoor works of art. 

Here’s how you can help! 


OUR CAMPAIGN

In order to put out a national call for artists in November, The Bull City Sculpture Show needs $45,000. Most of that money (75%) will go to the participating artists to defray the costs of transporting their sculptures to and from Durham. The rest is earmarked for award money and sculpture show events including an Opening Gala and a bronze pour.

Liberty Arts has been hard at work already and has raised nearly $20,000 in donations and pledges. And the Duke Tower Hotel and Condominiums has donated twelve complimentary hotel rooms for participating artists (Thank you, Valerie Blettner!).

Our Kickstarter campaign is crucial to raise the remaining $25,000 necessary to keep us moving towards our goal of bringing great art to a great city.

Note: Liberty Arts sculptors will be helping with the exhibition, but not participating in the competition.


WHERE DID THE IDEA COME FROM?

In true Durham fashion, the Bull City Sculpture Show is a grassroots effort originating within our non-profit arts community, which was founded in 2001. Liberty Arts operates both a sculpture studio near historic Golden Belt and the only non-profit foundry on the East Coast in Durham Central Park.

That foundry was the birthplace of Major the Bull, the much-photographed sculpture in City Plaza. (Yeah, we’ve seen you and Major on Instagram!) Liberty Artists, Mike Waller and Leah Foushee Waller created the massive beast in a series of public bronze pours in 2003. Ever since then, Liberty Artists, inspired by Mike’s commitment and enthusiasm, have envisioned the makings of the Bull City Sculpture Show.


WHY NOW?

Durham has always been known for its diversity and gritty history.  Now we’re hipper and hotter than ever and we want everyone to know.

All that’s missing is one piece of the puzzle - the permanent visual symbols of pride and vitality that help define a city - large outdoor sculptures.

Durham is ready and you can be part of that effort!


WHAT YOU GET FOR YOUR TAX-DEDUCTIBLE CONTRIBUTION

Take a look at the rewards we have planned, and you’ll see we’re putting our hearts and souls into this. In addition to unique specialty pieces like a set of hand-forged skewers, we're offering some once-in-a-lifetime experiences.  Want a bronze pour done in your name, a private walking tour of the Bull City Sculpture Show with Liberty Artists? Want to send your child to a youth glass blowing class?  Each student will go home with three of his or her own glass sculptures and other awesome items.  This is your chance!

Glass Blowing Class with George-Ann Greth
Glass Blowing Class with George-Ann Greth

We'll be adding some surprises as our Kickstarter campaign continues, so come back to our page often, and tell your friends...

If you live outside the Triangle area, please add $10 to your donation for shipping within the US.

Good Fortune Crane by George-Ann Greth ($6 Level)
Good Fortune Crane by George-Ann Greth ($6 Level)
BCSS T-Shirt (Multiple Levels)
BCSS T-Shirt (Multiple Levels)

Liberty Artists are also offering unique specialty pieces like hand-forged skewers sculptures made exclusively for Kickstarter contributors.

Note: Liberty Arts artists will be helping with the exhibition, but not participating in the competition.

SOLD OUT- Hand-Forged Metal Skewers by Carolina Shuckers ($50 Level) Dimensions: appx. 14 in  (Photo Courtesy Dylan Ray Photography)
SOLD OUT- Hand-Forged Metal Skewers by Carolina Shuckers ($50 Level) Dimensions: appx. 14 in (Photo Courtesy Dylan Ray Photography)
SOLD OUT- Ceramic Triangular Bowl (One) by Michael X Lupa ($35 Level) Dimensions: 5 in.
SOLD OUT- Ceramic Triangular Bowl (One) by Michael X Lupa ($35 Level) Dimensions: 5 in.
Ceramic "Perception Bowl" (One - Colors Vary) by Michael X Lupa ($50 Level) Dimensions: appx. 2 in.
Ceramic "Perception Bowl" (One - Colors Vary) by Michael X Lupa ($50 Level) Dimensions: appx. 2 in.
Glass ornament by George-Ann Greth ($60 Level)
Glass ornament by George-Ann Greth ($60 Level)
Walnut Wooden Magnets by Elijah Leed ($75 Level) Dimensions: 1 in sq. (set of 4)
Walnut Wooden Magnets by Elijah Leed ($75 Level) Dimensions: 1 in sq. (set of 4)
Hand-Forged Metal Meat Turner by Carolina Shuckers ($100 Level - Photo Courtesy of Dylan Ray Photography)
Hand-Forged Metal Meat Turner by Carolina Shuckers ($100 Level - Photo Courtesy of Dylan Ray Photography)
Hand-Forged Oyster Knives (SET of 2 - $125 Level) by Carolina Shuckers (Photo Courtesy of Dylan Ray Photography)
Hand-Forged Oyster Knives (SET of 2 - $125 Level) by Carolina Shuckers (Photo Courtesy of Dylan Ray Photography)
SOLD OUT- Metal Wall Hanging by Jackie MacLeod ($100 Level) Dimensions: appx. 12 in x 12 in
SOLD OUT- Metal Wall Hanging by Jackie MacLeod ($100 Level) Dimensions: appx. 12 in x 12 in
Bull Knocker by Christian Hansen ($150 Level)
Bull Knocker by Christian Hansen ($150 Level)
Metal Wall Hanging by Jackie MacLeod ($150 Level) Dimensions: appx. 12 in x 15 in
Metal Wall Hanging by Jackie MacLeod ($150 Level) Dimensions: appx. 12 in x 15 in
Metal Sculpture by Tim Werrel ($250 Level) Dimensions: appx. 4in x 4in
Metal Sculpture by Tim Werrel ($250 Level) Dimensions: appx. 4in x 4in

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Many thanks to Nathan Rittenhouse of Rittenhouse C/D for our fabulous Kickstarter video

To Valerie Blettner (Duke Tower)

To Total Exposure Designs

To Jordan Groseclose and Elijah Leed for piloting our electronic campaign

To Leon & Areli Grodski de Barrera (Cocoa Cinnamon), and Erik Myers (Mystery Brewing) for their invaluable Kickstarter advice…and for answering our endless questions

And thank you in advance to all our wonderful KICKSTARTERS who will be helping make our dream of a Bull City Sculpture Show a reality.

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Since Kickstarter is an all-or-nothing proposition, obviously the biggest risk is not making our goal. That would force us to delay the Bull City Sculpture Show.

So let's join together and do this for Durham!

FAQ

278
Backers
$25,745
pledged of $25,000 goal
0
seconds to go
  • Pledge $1 or more
    You selected

    3 backers

    **Growing Artist** Thank you very much for sharing the love for sculpture!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $5 or more
    You selected

    6 backers

    **Young Artist** A special thank you e-mail coming your way!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $6 or more
    You selected

    2 backers

    **Mulit-Cultural Artist** Increase your luck with one of these beautiful Good Fortune Cranes by Liberty Artist George-Ann Greth (See Image Below). Also, receive a special thank you email.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $10 or more
    You selected

    15 backers

    **Small-Scale Sculptor** Add your name to the list of contributors on our website and get a special thank-you in your inbox.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $25 or more
    You selected

    50 backers

    **Steel Sculptor** Whatever your nectar, why not enjoy it in a Bull City Sculpture Show pint glass?? Also, receive all rewards from the $10 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $35 or more
    You selected

    5 backers All gone!

    **Claymaker** Grab one of these cool triangular bowl by Liberty Artist Michael X Lupa. Also, receive all rewards from the $10 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $40 or more
    You selected

    30 backers

    **Aluminum Sculptor** Show off your sense of style in your fresh Bull City Sculpture Show T-shirt (See Image Below). Also, receive all rewards from the $25 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    11 backers All gone!

    **Mixed Media Sculptor** Liven up your party with a set of 2 hand-forged skewers by Carolina Shuckers (See Image Below). Also show off how much you are loved by Liberty Arts by having your name added to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $10 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    8 backers

    **Bronze Sculptor** Brighten your desktop with a hi-res image of "Major the Bull." Also, have your name added to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $25 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $50 or more
    You selected

    7 backers All gone!

    **Artist's Eye** Add one of these awesome "Perception Bowls" by Liberty Artist Michael X Lupa to your collection and also receive all rewards from the $10 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $60 or more
    You selected

    18 backers Limited (2 left of 20)

    **Art Admirer** You appreciate the finer things in life. Enjoy a beautiful glass ornament made by Liberty Artist George-Ann Greth (See image below) and enjoy your favorite beverage in a BCSS pint glass! Also, receive all rewards from the $10 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $75 or more
    You selected

    12 backers All gone!

    **Reclaimed Objects Sculptor** Class up your metal surfaces with 4 handmade 1-inch-square walnut wooden magnets by Liberty Artist Elijah Leed (See Image Below). Also, have your name added to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all of the rewards from the Bronze Sculptor level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    10 backers All gone!

    **Visionary** The Carolina Pigtail- This steak (or other meat) turner is forged from one railroad spike, and is a unique addition to the grill. Also, have your name added to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $10 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    6 backers Limited (24 left of 30)

    **Wood Worker** Join the artists at the Kickstarter Closing Celebration on Oct 24. This will include a cookout and a viewing of "Bull Durham" at the original Bull Durham House where the movie was filmed. Also, have your name included in the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $10 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $100 or more
    You selected

    10 backers All gone!

    **Glass Sculptor** Add to your art collection with a metal wall hanging by Liberty Artist Jackie MacLeod (See Image Below). Also, have your name added to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $10 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $115 or more
    You selected

    5 backers Limited (20 left of 25)

    **Exclusive Artist** Exclusive pre-opening Hard Hat Tour and Tasting of THE PIT! Be among the first to preview this soon-to-be hottest new hot spot in the Warehouse District...and yes, that includes the rooftop deck!

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $125 or more
    You selected

    4 backers

    **Sculpture Lover** Enjoy the coast's finest oysters by opening them with this beautiful set of two oyster knives hand-forged from a railroad spike by Carolina Shuckers. Also, receive a Bull City Sculpture Show T-Shirt and all rewards from the $10 Level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $150 or more
    You selected

    7 backers Limited (3 left of 10)

    **Art Collector** Add a beautiful wall hanging sculpture by Liberty Artist Jackie MacLeod (See image below) to your wall! Also, have your name added to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $10 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $150 or more
    You selected

    5 backers Limited (2 left of 7)

    **Functional Artist** Add some Durham character to your front door with this awesome Bull Knocker by Liberty Artist Christian Hansen (See Image Below). Also, have your name added to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $10 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships within the US only
  • Pledge $250 or more
    You selected

    9 backers Limited (1 left of 10)

    **Blacksmith** Run off with a sport-themed* metal sculpture by Liberty Artist Tim Werrel (See Image Below). Have your name included in Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $10 level. *Choose Your Sport (1 of each sport. First come-first serve) Frisbee, Basketball, Skiing, Weight lifting, Water skiing, Fencing, Lacrosse, Soccer, Dance, or Pole Vaulting

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $250 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (7 left of 8)

    **Large Scale Sculptor** Be the hippest friend in town! You and 5 of your close friends can be part of the lucky few to receive a guided walking tour of the very first Bull City Sculpture Show by a Liberty Arts artist. Freshen up wardrobes with a BCSS t-shirt for each of you. Also, add your name to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $10 level.

    Estimated delivery:
  • Pledge $350 or more
    You selected

    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    **Ceramics Sculptor** Let your child's (or a child close to you) creativity run wild by enrolling them into a Children’s Glass Sculpture class (ages-11-17, Nov. 2nd and 9th 10am-5pm, Students will design and take home 3 glass sculptures by the end of the second class). Also, receive a BCSS t-shirt, add your name to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog, and receive all rewards from the $10 level. Syllabus will go out after Kickstarter is concluded and fully funded.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $500 or more
    You selected

    1 backer Limited (7 left of 8)

    **Curator** Be famous for a day by having Third Friday at Liberty Arts Sculpture Studio and Foundry dedicated in your name. Also, have your name added to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $40 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $1,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    **Art Philanthropist** It's all about you. Treat yourself to a day of art with a day class voucher at Liberty Arts. Let us roll out the red carpet for you at a Liberty Arts Foundry pour dedicated in your name. Also, have your name added to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $40 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $1,500 or more
    You selected

    3 backers Limited (2 left of 5)

    **Art Enthusiast** Get the VIP Treatment when you receive 2 VIP Invitations to each of the following events: the Opening Gala on a Friday evening in May, 2014, the Saturday Bronze Pour at the Liberty Arts Foundry and the closing event October 4, 2014. Choose to dedicate either a Third Friday OR a Foundry pour in your name. Also, have your name added to the Special Thanks section of the BCSS Catalog and receive all rewards from the $40 level.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $2,500 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    **Superior Craftsman** You deserve it! Receive all rewards included in the $1,000 and $1,500 levels.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
  • Pledge $5,000 or more
    You selected

    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    **World-Renowned Artist** Why shouldn't you receive 2 VIP invitations to a "Meet the Artists" event on a Thursday evening in May 2014 in addition to receiving all rewards from the $2,500 level? You are world famous, after all.

    Estimated delivery:
    Add $50 USD to ship outside the US
Funding period

- (31 days)