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A 6 year journey of being voluntarily homeless helped Ori Bengal find his passion- Now you can bring his art to life. Read more

Austin, TX Sculpture
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A 6 year journey of being voluntarily homeless helped Ori Bengal find his passion- Now you can bring his art to life.

Austin, TX Sculpture
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 **** THIS PROJECT HAS BEEN FULLY FUNDED***** So, now there are stretch goals in place.  Scroll down to see the existing rewards and the stretch goals that you can now get.

Here is the Poster you get at the $25 level (and every level above)
Here is the Poster you get at the $25 level (and every level above)

3D printing is HOT!  And I'm using to it to mix digital sculpting and classic molding techniques to make fine art.. sculptures that inspire!

Thank you for being here!  My name is Ori Bengal... I'm the creative nomad type... I've been there, and done that... quite literally... I couch surfed for 6 years, and I've designed websites, ran a print shop, built computers, was a pro photographer, worked at a movie theatre, sold clothes, did 3D animation, video editing, the list really goes on and on...

All this time, I was searching for something, and I finally found it at age 35... It's being an artist.. I'm addicted.

I've been painting, drawing, sculpting every single day since I decided that I'm an artist... I launched this Kickstarter on the last day of my 2nd year.... and now it's time to take things to the next level.

I'm introducing my new sculpture, Sisyphus, and I'm looking to Kickstarter to make it seen and collected by people all over the globe. 

I don't have an agent, I don't have a gallery... and they just play the part of middleman, and take a bunch of money.  I just live to create, and people seem to love the work... so... let's get it to people without those middleman fees.

This particular sculpture will only be made available in multiple medium to those that pledge  over the next 30 days.  I have no problem slaving away over my art, so... bring it on... I'll create as many of them as you require. 

After that, it will only be sold in bronze... which... takes a ton of work to create, so sells for a ton of money.

Where does the money go?

$6,500 goes for the Makerbot Z-18 
$750 is for a cabinet that holds more filament- as I will be creating large sculptures.
$750 is for a year of warranty and support-- this thing has a lot of moving parts, and I will be putting it to daily use. 
Filament costs $225 per (large) roll. 
Silicone & Polyurethane to make molds is costly... and often doesn't work out right the first time.

 Entrepreneurs seem to gravitate towards this sculpture because they recognize that to achieve our goals, we have to constantly push... despite that there's a chance that our efforts may not succeed... We have to push to reach our dreams.... and we will someday get there.

The Process:

I've been painting and sculpting using all medium.... welding, grinding, wood-working, resins, cement, acrylic, and more... but I'm very fond of the efficiency that the digital medium provides.

Sisyphus will be my first sculpture that's designed digitally, and then 3D printed, and then cast in other material.

It's not as easy as it sounds though. In 3D printing, you need to create support structures, so that items that are floating, or overhanging don't collapse.

Overhang Support Structures
Overhang Support Structures

 Those structures then need to be cut off, and sanded.  So what I will be doing is filing them off... making a mold of the finished product, then casting it in Wax. 

Once I have the wax positive, I will be using various sculpting tools to make sure that all the details are perfect. At that point, a new mold will get made, and from that one, the Hydrostone (SUPER-strong concrete that's light, and captures ultra-fine detail) is cast.

Now when I say cast, if you're not familiar with the term, I mean that a liquid is poured into a mold... and a finished solid emerges.  Think of making those juice popsicles as a kid. You put juice into a cup, put a stick in it- put it in the freezer... and out comes a cup-shaped popsicle.  But now, of course..we're talking about much harder to manage liquids than jiuce... we're talking about industrial cements, and precision resins.

As far as how the bronze versions will be made... Check out this video on the Lost Wax process:

 It's A LOT of work, and is highly dangerous. 

If you're not familiar with what 3D printing is... it's a technology that's been around for a few decades, but is now becoming more prevalent affordable, and precise...

You have a Build Platform which moves up and down... and you have an extrusion nozzle, which melts plastic, and pulls it through, while a motorized carriage moves the nozzle around, depositing tiny pieces of plastic in the exact spot it should go.

Kind of like how your printer at home can print a photo... these can print a physical item.. usually out of PLA or SLA plastics.  Here is a timelapse so you can see one in action:

                                     

Whether you're donating $1, or $25,000 your money is hard earned, and you shouldn't give it to someone you don't trust.  So... I asked a few people to tell you about me and my art:

 

 STRETCH GOALS!

THIS IS EXCITING!

If the project reaches $40,000 - Everyone that donated over $50 or more gets a project t-shirt.

This will allow me to get more power tools, and a Wacom Cintiq - a better painting and digital sculpting tool, so I can create higher-quality art.

If the project reaches $75,000 - All the 3.5" Sisyphus sculptures are going to grow in size.... They are growing by an inch -- 4.5" 

The extra money will be invested in getting a more powerful computer.... You see, right now, I"m creating my art with a laptop which I am bringing to its knees. A faster processor, more RAM, and especially, a super-powerful video card will permit me to put much more detail into my sculptures... adding more realism.

If the project reaches $100,000 - I am getting an industrial high-end 3d scanner ($42,000).. This will allow me to turn people into 3D!  Like... Hollywood quality, not like those cheeseball bobble-head dolls... So... The People who donate $10,000 will have me stop by their house, 3D scan them, and actually make a sculpture of them.

If the project reaches $140,000 I will create a pewter miniature that I will send everyone who has donated $50 or more. Gaming miniature, 25mm" 

Message me if you want to send a check, money transfer, bitcoin, or an envelope full of cash :)

Risks and challenges

I've already designed the sculpture....
It's just a matter of how long it takes Makerbot to ship the Z-18 3D printer (it is fairly new, and in demand).
Other than that... it's just a matter of me figuring out the mold and casting process for such a detailed sculpture. I've made molds before, I'm a fast learner, and I don't give up.
So... other than potential delays - there are no risks. As far as delays... I'm creating everything myself.. so, if this project becomes the next top-funded Kickstarter campaign, then yeah.. I'll have my work cut out for me, but I promise I'll be in touch on a regular basis - I won't leave you hanging.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $1 or more

    9 backers

    A hearty "thank you" posted on my pledge list webpage, positive participation in an artist's life, sweet karma vibes that will last at least through the day & you get a desktop wallpaper for your computer/phone/tablet.

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    Pledge $5 or more

    4 backers

    All of the $1 pledge rewards + you get an animated gif (a high resolution version of the spinning sculpture- you can see it on the top left of this page) for your computer desktop.

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    Pledge $15 or more

    17 backers

    Signed project postcard (surprise Sisyphus related graphic to be designed to celebrate) sent from me to you + the $1 & $5 pledge rewards

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    20 backers

    11x17" project poster + Sisyphus Sticker + the $1, $5, and $15 pledge rewards.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $50 or more

    33 backers

    Small (3.5" tall 2.28" wide and 2.90" deep) Sisyphus Sculpture out of Hydrostone (Ultra-Strong cement that captures ultra-fine detail) + + Sisyphus Sticker, $15, $5, $1 gifts

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $100 or more

    24 backers

    A medium (8" tall, 5.2" wide, 6.62" deep) Sisyphus sculpture out of HydroStone- Also of course the $1, $5, $15 gifts as well.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $190 or more

    13 backers Limited (37 left of 50)

    **PAINTING AND MEDIUM SCULPTURE**
    One of my best paintings (See pictures on the left)on museum quality archival paper, and a medium (8" tall, 5.2" wide, 6.62" deep) Sisyphus sculpture out of HydroStone- Also of course the $1, $5, $15 gifts as well.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    9 backers

    A pair of medium (8" tall, 5.2" wide, 6.62" deep) Sisyphus sculptures out of HyrdoStone-- so you can stay motivated to push to achieve your dream at multiple places... or use them as bookends... or give one away as a gift. Plus the 11x17" Poster +2 Sisyphus stickers + the $15, $5, $1 gifts

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $300 or more

    6 backers Limited (44 left of 50)

    **A PAINTING AND 2 MEDIUM SCULPTURES**
    One of my best paintings (See pictures on the left)on museum quality archival paper, and a pair of medium (8" tall, 5.2" wide, 6.62" deep) Sisyphus sculptures out of HyrdoStone-- so you can stay motivated to push to achieve your dream at multiple places... or use them as bookends... or give one away as a gift. Plus the 11x17" Poster +2 Sisyphus stickers + the $15, $5, $1 gifts

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $550 or more

    5 backers

    You clearly like to show off your art, 'cause you're getting a biggun! Yup

    this is the large - 17.5" tall, 11.38" wide and 14.49" deep, made of hydrostone. You get 5 stickers, a poster, and the $15, $5, $1 gifts

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  • You selected
    Pledge $700 or more

    5 backers Limited (45 left of 50)

    **LARGE CANVAS PAINTING AND A LARGE SCULPTURE**
    You clearly like to show off your art, 'cause you're getting a biggun and one of my best paintings (look to the left) on a large museum grade canvas.! Yup

    this is the large - 17.5" tall, 11.38" wide and 14.49" deep, made of hydrostone. You get 5 stickers, a poster, and the $15, $5, $1 gifts

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $900 or more

    0 backers Limited (20 left of 20)

    A medium (8" tall, 5.2" wide, 6.62" deep) Sisyphus sculpture out of HydroStone, but the boulder will be a transluscent resin with LED lights inside. This work of art will not only look stunning wherever you put it, but will also set the mood, and start conversations. You'll also get the a fine art limited edition print of one of the paintings on the left, a 11x17" poster, the project postcard, a pair of stickers, and of course the desktop wallapaper graphic.

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  • You selected
    Pledge $1,500 or more

    2 backers

    You are pushing my skills , and I like that. You are getting a 35" x22.76 x 28.97" jumbo-size Sisyphus sculptur in HydroStone... I will paint it for you in whatever color you want.

    You'll also get a pair of the medium size Sisyphus Hydrostone sculptures, 2 posters, 8 stickers, 1 small HydroStone Sculpture

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  • You selected
    Pledge $2,500 or more

    0 backers

    **BRINGER OF LIGHT EDITION + 1 LARGE CUSTOM PAINTING**
    A 1 of a kind custom painting of whatever you want up to 30"x40" on loose canvas. Also, you get Bringer of the light: a Large Sisyphus sculpture( 17.5" tall, 11.38" wide and 14.49" deep) made out of Hydrostone, but the boulder will be a transluscent resin with LED lights inside. This work of art will not only look stunning wherever you put it, but will also set the mood, and start conversations. You also get a pair of medium hydrostone Sisyphus sculptures. You get 8 stickers, a poster, and the $15, $5, $1 gifts - and 4 small HydroStone Sisyphus sculptures.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $3,500 or more

    0 backers Limited (5 left of 5)

    ***BRINGER OF LIGHT DELUXE EDITION + 2 LARGE PAINTINGS***
    You get 1 of my best paintings (see the left side) on loose canvas, as well as a one of a kind custom painting of your choice up to 30"x40" on loose canvas, and your sculptures: Large Sisyphus sculpture( 17.5" tall, 11.38" wide and 14.49" deep) made out of Hydrostone, And one made out of Cold-Cast Bronze with the boulder made of a transluscent resin with LED lights inside.

    Cold Cast Bronze is when instead of melting bronze at 2,000 degrees in a foundry, you mix very finely ground up bronze powder with resins. So it looks and feels like a traditional bronze sculpture, but is slightly easier to make- hence the $3,000 savings in cost.
    This work of art will not only look stunning wherever you put it, but will also set the mood, and start conversations. You also get a pair of medium hydrostone Sisyphus sculptures. You get 8 stickers, a poster, and the $15, $5, $1 gifts - and 4 small HydroStone Sisyphus sculptures.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $7,500 or more

    0 backers Limited (10 left of 10)

    The Bronze Sculpture - You get a large Sisyphus (17.5" tall, 11.38" wide and 14.49" deep) made of Bronze. one of my best paintings (look on the left), on loose canvas, and one custom 1 of a kind painting just for you up to 30"x40" on stretched Canvas, 4 posters, 8 stickers, 4 hours of my time over skype, which you can use for consulting, joke telling, whatever.

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    Only ships to: United States
  • You selected
    Pledge $10,000

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    I love you! I am coming over to give you a hug, and get to know you. I will personally bring you a large bronze ( as in the real deal... precious metal molten to 2,000 degrees) Sisyphus sculpture( 17.5" tall, 11.38" wide and 14.49" deep). I will stay over at your place for 2 days (And breakfast the next). I will do a photoshoot for you-- so portraits. Got pets? I am famous for my pet portraits. I will consult on growing your business and improving your marketing. You'll also get 4 medium HydroStone Sisyphus sculptures. *** IF YOU'RE HAVING ME COME TO ANOTHER COUNTRY, YOU GOTTA COVER MY FLIGHT ****

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