Our vision is to create a space for sculptors and craftspeople to make their work safely and affordably, while also building a strong community of artists versed in different processes and talents. We want to use the space to build a network of artists that are able to support, inspire and learn from one another. We also hope that the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym will allow artists to create work that would have otherwise been impossible, had they not had access to our facility. This access will allow artists to think and create bigger than they had previously been able to (Yay!) The more artists that come to rely on the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym will also allow us to grow and expand, adding additional processes and upgrading equipment and materials. But since we are just starting out, we turned to Kickstarter for help getting two of the most important pieces of equipment needed to get our shops started: A Saw Stop brand table saw (the safest around!) and a Millermatic 350P MIG welder.
HOW THIS ALL GOT STARTED: The Philadelphia Sculpture Gym was born from the idea of how much work it takes to gather all the big expensive equipment sometimes needed to make art. We have both been gathering said equipment since graduating from art school and have been continually looking for the perfect space to house it all and create our art in. We wondered what would have happened if we’d had access to a fully functioning space since graduating. Darla proposed the idea of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym in response to the Knight Arts Challenge, for which she was one of 36 winners. We are currently in the process of looking for a location in which to house the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym and are creating a series of events leading up to the opening of the space in early 2012.
REWARDS (THE FUN PART!): If you're not familiar with the way Kickstarter works, you receive a reward in return for a pledge supporting our project. The more you pledge, the better the rewards and the happier everyone is. Besides helping to make our dreams come true (yay!), rewards include:
BABY BUNNIES! This sculpture is available to backers at the $50 level!
BIG THANKS! Everyone who donates will have their name featured on the donor page of our website and blog.
DIGITAL FANCINESS! Everyone who donates at the $5 level and above will receive a Philadelphia Sculpture Gym jpeg for use as the desktop of your computer.
STICKERS! A donation of $10 and above will get you a Philadelphia Sculpture Gym Sticker (who doesn't love stickers?!)
COFFEE COFFEE COFFEE! Donations at the $15 level are rewarded with a Philadelphia Sculpture Gym coffee mug...because we all know that most artists work best when fully caffeinated! (At least we do!)
BEATBOXING! A $20 donation will get you a custom Daddy Daughter Beatbox video (1-2 minutes long), where Justin beatboxes and Olivia dances and yells things. They will give you a shout out (or scream your name repeatedly). See this YouTube video for an example of their awesomeness: http://youtu.be/oog0gzHx1NI
CHOICES! 3 of our reward levels give you your choice between something awesome, like a PSG 100% Cotton T-Shirt, a PSG Totebag ($25 level), small sculptures ($50 level), an invitation to our Holiday party in December ($100 level) or membership passes to the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym ($25-$100 levels)! Want more than one of the things at the same donation level? You can always make more than 1 donation of the same amount, choosing a different reward each time!
PARTIES! Two of our donation levels include invitations to special events like our Holiday party in December ($100 level) or our member’s only opening celebration for a chance to meet the artists who will be using the space ($1000 level).
SCULPTURE! Multiple donation levels include sculpture by Darla and Justin or future members of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym! Pieces and materials will vary, but each piece will be awesome and made with love (yay!)
TOURS OF OUR SECRET AND NOT SO SECRET LAIRS! Donations at the $250 level include a private tour of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym (when we open) and our personal studios. You'll get to see the space first hand and try out some of the equipment (if you'd like to).
GIVE BACK REWARDS! A donation at the $1250 level will create a scholarship for a 1 year membership and safety training course that will be given to an artist in need in your name! Be someone's hero!
STUFF NAMED AFTER YOU! Want a work bench or major piece of equipment in the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym named after you or your business? Check out our $1,500 donation level.
QUARTERLY SCULPTURE CLUB! Make a donation at the $2000 level and you'll be sent a small sculpture once every 3 months for a year. The reward that keeps on giving!
UNIQUE THANK YOUS! At the highest level of donation ($2,500) the first spent table saw blade will be signed by all current members of the Philadelphia Sculpture Gym and sent to you as a unique memento of our thanks!
THANK YOU! We really appreciate every bit of support and look forward to creating an amazing space for the artists of Philadelphia with your help!
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