** We made our minimum goal! ... Thank you! **
If you are coming in now, and find you still want the rewards, we're more than happy to offer them for the remaining hours. Though it is recommended we keep pushing for a higher percentage after the fact, and though our minimum was truly 'minimum': We quit campaigning when we hit 120%, because we wanted to give everyone's news feeds a break from all of the reminders, tweeting, and linking.
We've been campaigning hard for 43 days - and are beyond grateful that not only did everyone bear with us, but gave such incredible support. Our friends, the entire community, the internet as a whole, has been so amazingly gracious to us - and gave us more support in spreading the word than we could ever have hoped for.
Thanks Everyone for making this happen - you are utterly amazing and we are so beyond grateful. This has been an amazing experience for all of us!
- Myke Amend
We are three "EnginArtists", building a large functioning mechanical work of art that will combine sculpture, engineering, and painting, built from rescued and Repurposed/Recycled vintage parts, powered by Renewable Energy sources - with a 25-foot long and 8 foot high spinning/rotating painting as one of the central moving pieces... this painting will also include a Zoetropic Animation in the work to make it all the more spectacular. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zoetrope)
The exhibit will also include a showcase of many types of generators and other renewable energy devices (gasinators, sterling engines, etc..) that you can build from parts easily found around your home - Our goal is to educate, as well as to make a stunning piece of art.
Other moving pieces will include animated sculptures/statues, also powered by the same sources - these many moving parts and figures will make the Device much like the clocktowers of old - with interesting movement and activity in every corner of the piece.
Your participation will allow this piece to come to life, and will allow three of us to work on an immense and spectacular scale we three could previously only dream of .
Our first exhibit will be for Arprize in Grand Rapids, MI (a huge open-entry art competition), but we also plan on taking part in Maker Faires and other such events and take the show ON THE ROAD (hopefully to your town).
Please help us build this huge traveling exhibit - we have a serious passion for this project, and with supporters who have the same - we can make this happen.
This kickstarter will cover the base materials for this project, and transportation - but we will be throwing a lot of our own money (and even more in time) into bringing this dream to life.
Below: (REWARD) The Lost City - 14x11 original painting on 400lb bristol board painted in acrylic:
Below: (REWARD) The Ruins - 14x11 original painting on 400lb bristol board painted in acrylic:
Above (REWARD): "MoonBeam" one of many fine, rare and one of a kind rewards being offered here for far less than sale price.
Above: SteamHag: A Favortie Guitar from Steve Brook, available here.
Below: Promo Video made by author GD Falksen:
Below: A simple 3d-render of the basics of the machine, to show scale.
Below: Steve's design for the primary moving parts:
Below: One of Todd Cahill's artful steam engines
Below: Myke Amend's first scale model of "The Device"
Below: "The Rescue", painted by Myke Amend for Steampunk band: Abney Park
Below: One of Myke Amend's Storybook and steampunk-inspired illustrations:
Below: "One of Steve Brook's many finely crafted and custom-rebuilt musical artworks on display at the Museum of Industry and Innovation
Also: $20 through our kickstarter gets you a signed and personalized print of any of the below (you'll need to go to my gallery page to get full views... it was crazy just putting this compilation of thumbnails together):
- (46 days)