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Convert a city bus into a mobile metal foundry classroom

WOW Mobile Metal Lab and Show offers the entire hands-on cast metal experience for all ages and abilities within communities.

Convert a city bus into a mobile metal foundry classroom

WOW Mobile Metal Lab and Show offers the entire hands-on cast metal experience for all ages and abilities within communities.

$2,359
pledged of $12,000pledged of $12,000 goal
25
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, September 29 2019 5:00 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated September 29, 2019

About

The Bus: Fund the WOW Mobile Metal Lab and Show!

Thanks to the 85 backers on my $7,000 Kiva Loan, the retired metro transit city bus, a stellar 40' long (8' wide and 8' tall!)  2001 Gillig Phantom, has completed phase one of the renovation plans.  The walls are up, electricity throughout, sink in, display case installed, storage space built out, research area designated, and workbenches and stools for 16 people are in place.  The bus is near completion to be a fully equipped, year round operational and an ADA compliant mobile cast metal workshop, classroom and exhibition space.  

Kiva Loan fully funded!
Kiva Loan fully funded!

We have a goal to raise $12,000 to finish the build out to include a toilet, grey water system, heating units, exterior graphics, and purchase a new wheelchair lift. 

When the renovation is complete the WOW Mobile Metal Lab will have the ability to increase the reach of its mission to empower individuals, strengthen communities and pique curiosity through accessible, hands-on cast metal processes and exhibitions. 

The WOW will conduct demonstrations, workshops, festive activities and residencies that educate, inspire, and celebrate personal expression and community vision through the cast metal process. The WOW will travels to schools, businesses, organizations, fairs and festivals offering programming for all ages and skill levels to participate in the process of creating individual cast metal objects/sculptures or collaborative public art. 

The WOW is currently conducting workshops on a small scale (with the limitations of accessibility, toilet, water, heat and exterior wear) and has bookings for the fall.  We are excited to complete this work and have the ability to move forward quickly! We plan to complete the work in December.  

Phase one of the renovation
Phase one of the renovation
Pour Metal and Personalize your "Peeps" Workshop
Pour Metal and Personalize your "Peeps" Workshop

The Idea: From There to Here and Here to There

As a public artist, instructor and community collaborator I have been working with schools, businesses, nonprofit organizations, park and recreation centers and city agencies for over ten years to bring creative, hands-on and accessible arts experiences into their locations to create individual or collaborative sculpture and public art with my mobile sculpture foundry in my van and trailer. 

Breaking the Mold Project with Free Arts Minnesota and the Minneapolis Institute of Art
Breaking the Mold Project with Free Arts Minnesota and the Minneapolis Institute of Art

I began this work because I recognized the potential and impact of creating and exhibiting cast metal art right within a community - it fuels more authentic creative personal expression, empowers individuals and builds community. I am also able to work with individuals (people with (dis)abilities, underserved populations, general public, etc.) that may not otherwise have the opportunity.

The cast metal process piques curiosity and is a transformational experience from the entry and interest points of art/education/science/tools/fire, the exciting transformation of materials from liquid to a solid, the satisfaction of creating a tangible one-of-a-kind metal object/sculpture and the sharing/exhibition of solo or group artwork. I offer low-tech/toxicity of materials and modified techniques to accommodate all ages and abilities. It has been a long-term vision of mine to have my mobile foundry operate on a larger scale and with additional exhibition space and retail opportunities.

The truck and trailer do not have inside classroom space needed to facilitate the entire cast metal process for large class sizes/groups and accommodate weather conditions. In addition, there is a growing need for mobile engagement opportunities and with my current mobile design I am unable to accept jobs, expand my artistic practice and professional career.

Who I am:  Exploration and Discovery

In 2001 I graduated with my BFA from the University of Minnesota and began my work as a sculpture instructor at Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts (a center for individuals with (dis)abilities). I was energized by the artwork that was created there and wanted to share it with a broader audience. I received a grant from Forecast Public Art for the Interstellar Record Project – a cast metal sculpture residency, a community metal pour event and the exhibition of a collaborative public sculpture. Upon completion of this project, I founded Broadcasting W.O.W. (workshop on wheels) a traveling sculpture foundry that allows me to create art within many different communities and share their visions with others. 

As a public artist, I have a series of interactive/participatory mobile sculptures, Bio Scenic Travel Machines – earth rovers that collect objects, take photos and document ecology – that I exhibit locally and continue to develop and create.

Bio Scenic Travel Machine at theMinneapolis Sculpture Garden
Bio Scenic Travel Machine at theMinneapolis Sculpture Garden

My dream is to integrate my acquired skills, knowledge and creative visions into a cohesive and sustainable art business – the new innovative and future forward WOW Mobile Metal Lab and Show!

Your Rewards: From the Cabinet of Curious Castings to You and Workshops, Classes and Events

Lucky Charms - specify a keychain or pocket charm on your order
Lucky Charms - specify a keychain or pocket charm on your order
Lucky Three Circus Peanut with Mystery Message
Lucky Three Circus Peanut with Mystery Message
Cast lead-free pewter cuttlefish bone necklace
Cast lead-free pewter cuttlefish bone necklace
Orbital Debris Cast Metal Sculpture
Orbital Debris Cast Metal Sculpture
Orbital Debris Cast Metal Sculpture
Orbital Debris Cast Metal Sculpture
Hot Metal Meal
Hot Metal Meal
Cast Metal Gift-Making Class - sculpture, wall hooks, bottle openers, textiles, belt buckles, etc.
Cast Metal Gift-Making Class - sculpture, wall hooks, bottle openers, textiles, belt buckles, etc.
Cuttlefish Bone Metal Casting Workshop
Cuttlefish Bone Metal Casting Workshop
WOW Mobile Metal Lab and Show Comes to You and Your Event
WOW Mobile Metal Lab and Show Comes to You and Your Event

Risks and challenges

The bus requires consistent mechanical maintenance and upkeep. The mechanic repairs and diagnostics are costly. There is a risk of unforeseen mechanical issues that exceed our repair savings account balance.

We have done the required research, have the plans and hired help to accomplish these goals. But, as with all projects of this size, there is the risk of running over the anticipated timeline.

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    Lucky Charms

    Lead-free pewter charms - keychain or pocket charm - either way, its lucky. (Specify with your order.)

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    Lucky 3 Circus Peanut

    A three chambered circus peanut!? Yes, and it is cast in aluminum or bronze with a mystery message on the back of it. 33 original messages - collect them all!

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    Cast Metal Cuttlefish Bone Necklace

    Lead-free pewter cast in a cuttlefish bone reveals grow line textures and beautiful shine.

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    Cuttlefish Bone Metal Casting Workshop

    New Year's Transformational Ritual, Manifest with the New Moon Molten Metal or any Cuttlefish Bone Metal Casting Workshop. In this 2.5 hour all hands-on, creative and exciting class you will carve an original design (or choose from a selection of symbols and imagery) into a cuttlefish bone or to create negative space. That space is filled with lead-free pewter to create your original metal casting. You pour the metal into your mold, do finishing work with hand files, power tools and wire brushes and colored inks are optional. Hand-stamp a words and mount your sculpture on metal/wood/stone base, affix jewelry/keychain hardware or put it in your pocket.

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    Orbital Debris Cast Metal Sculpture

    Far out space dust of the orbital debris design. Cast aluminum, bronze and iron sculptures. Each sculpture is one-of-a-kind that has been cast in a hand carved sand mold. The liquid metal is poured in the sand mold and chiseled out to reveal characteristics of heat, time and space.

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    Love is in Air Valentine's Class for Two

    Love is in the air – and metal – it’s just about the love of it all here. Create, learn and have fun through the transformative process of cast metal sculpture. Let the tasty treats and beverages delight you while you sit back to create your sculpture and stand up to pour your metal.

    Create your own cast metal sculpture for yourself – or your friend/special friend while they create theirs for you!? You will learn how to carve into sand molds, pour metal, clean up your artwork and take it home.

    You will design and sculpt a 2d relief sculpture while working in the subtractive process – carve with hand tools or drill with various bits into a hardened sand mold to create negative space that will be filled with aluminum or bronze. Bring ideas with you or come and get inspired. Appropriate for all ages and experience levels.
    Aluminum/#5 or bronze/#3 maximum.

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    Hot Lunch

    Order up your hot metal meal! Your meal will be served with 5 cast aluminum food items that may include a hamburger, hotdog, french fries, onion rings, side of peas, broccoli, ice cream cone, an orange, an egg, and more.

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    Cast Metal Gift-Making Class

    In this 6 session metal casting class with sand molds you will create form and/or function objects/sculpture for gifts or for you! Create your sculpture/object, make a sand mold, pour metal, use hand/power tools to finish the metal and patina/ink. Bronze or aluminum.

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    WOW Mobile Metal Lab for Up to 10 people

    WOW Mobile Metal Lab and Show comes to you/your event for 4 hours for up to 10 people. Create and cast metal together! Private, public, corporate, festival, fair, party or what have you? Up to 50 mile travel from Minneapolis.

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    WOW Mobile Metal Lab for Up to 12 people

    WOW Mobile Metal Lab and Show comes to you/your event for 4 hours for up to 12 people. Create and cast metal together! Private, public, corporate, festival, fair, party or what have you? Up to 50 mile travel from Minneapolis.

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    WOW Mobile Metal Lab Up to 25 people

    WOW Mobile Metal Lab and Show comes to you/your event for 5 hours for up to 25 people. Create and cast metal together! Private, public, corporate, festival, fair, party or what have you? Up to 50 mile travel from Minneapolis.

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