Whoever wants to understand much must play much. --Gottfried Benn
Children learn as they play. Most importantly, in play children learn how to learn.
--O. Fred Donaldson
Inclusive play areas in public parks seek to provide playgrounds where children of all abilities can play. The play areas consist of easily accessible and innovative play activities where the needs of all children are met—a place where they can feel safe and included. Everyone benefits from the lessening of social stigmas and prejudices that can come with play interaction. I will donate the sculpture cluster to the Rotary PlayGarden public park (expected to be completed in 2014) in San Jose designed to provide inclusion for those with autism and physical challenges. See: http://vimeo.com/29100422
As described in my video, the project I am proposing to create is three life-sized bronze sculptures in support of a positive view of autism. The main sculpture is of the incredible Dr. Temple Grandin, who has told me personally she "is honored to be part of this project.” Gathered around her are a teenage boy and a mother listening to Temple while holding her pre-teen child. Many people (myself included) view Temple Grandin as the most accomplished and well-known adult effectively managing and utilizing her autism today.
In addition to the sculptures, I’m adding a 21st century twist to make the monument “interactive” by making a Creation Chronicle (or video) available to anyone with a smartphone or tablet. The creation video will include key elements that went into the formation of the individual sculpture, detailing the artistic process step-by-step. You can view an example of a Creation Chronicle of a portrait bust created by the sculptor for this project, Kent, here: http://youtu.be/_XcG4pVVgVo
Recently, I have been working with talented adult artists who are either on the autistic spectrum or are differently-abled in other ways. My goal is to help these artists find work that allows their unique creative skills to flourish. The sculptor for this project, Kent, is an amazingly talented artist who also deals with challenges in his daily life. You have seen him in the Creation Chronicle video. He has agreed to do this project with me and will create both the life-sized bronze sculptures as well as the limited edition bronze and faux-bronze maquettes for our supporters at that award level.
My project cost and therefore funding goal is $98,500—for the priceless awareness and inspiration this sculpture cluster will bring to us all. Listed below for your information are the main expenditures for this project. The foundry costs alone are expected to be about $55,000. If we double our funding goal, I will have the opportunity to donate the monument
to a planned second inclusive playground, Magical Bridge, in Palo Alto, CA.
I so appreciate your interest in my project—really, our project. I hope that together we can all make this happen. Please participate at a comfortable financial level so we get this project off the ground (and eventually installed in it!). Please pass this message along to those you know who would consider participating too.
Thank you so much for your support of this first-of-its-kind sculpture cluster to be placed adjacent to an all inclusive play area!
Here is our projected timeline:
January 2013: Begin building 18-inch maquette of sculpture
March 2013: Complete maquette and begin armature and initial build-up of life-sized sculptural form
June 2013: Finish large-scale sculpture; begin mold-making process
September 2013: Complete 12” maquette. Send finished molds to foundry and begin bronze process.
December 2013: Maquettes completed and all rewards above $100 level sent to backers.
First quarter 2014: Final life-size sculpture completed at foundry. Install in park/s.
Ongoing throughout project: 30-minute Google Hangout sessions and weekly updates to supporters.
How we will use the money:
Artist’s design and time to create the maquettes and life-sized statues
Materials for the sculptures: wax, plaster, silicone, polymer, bronze, etc.
Transportation of the sculptures to and from the artist’s studio, the foundry, and final install location
Creation Chronicles for both the life-sized statue cluster and the maquettes
Plaque for the sculpture cluster
Our awesome rewards!
A big THANK YOU to Temple Grandin for her support of this project and an even bigger THANK YOU to all of you for your support!
Risks and challenges
The biggest challenge I foresee is managing the project timeline over the 15-18 month time frame, including scheduling and transportation and coordinating delivery with the completion of the renovations at the chosen park. We have three art consultants with a combined 30 years experience in the art world on board to work closely with me and sculptor Kent to make certain any problems are quickly and efficiently handled. We have put a good deal of thought into management of the project.
Another challenge is determining which park to place the sculptures in if only one is funded. I will consider the parks’ likely renovation completion dates, and level of project backing from both areas to make the decision.
Finally, the build-out of the parks might take longer than expected, resulting in storage and other costs related to the delay.