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A beautiful work of art that can connect you to others - literally. What piece of New York City are you?

What are the benefits of owning a beautiful piece of art? It can bring you happiness, it can be aesthetically pleasing, or there can be an interesting story behind it. What if - on top of those - the artwork itself connects you to your community? Quite literally, that is what this sculpture artwork does.

Overview

I will be creating 500 large, high-quality puzzle piece sculptures that connect to form one gigantic puzzle. Just like every person, each piece is unique. Each owner will have their own one-of-a-kind work of art to enjoy (more on the actual pieces below).

For this project, the artwork will be a stylized map of New York City. When you purchase a piece, you will essentially own a piece of the city (more on the artwork below).  The back of each piece will have your name, will be numbered __/500, and will be signed by the artist.  Beyond having your own sculpture to display, you become a part of something greater than yourself - you become a piece of the larger puzzle that is life. 

On the website WhatPieceAreYou.com, you can follow an interactive map with information about each piece. Currently, the map is blank (as seen below). When a piece is clicked, the background map shows the area of New York City that will be on the piece. When a piece is created and shipped, the map fills in with a picture of that piece's artwork. Who are you connected to?

The blank puzzle map with no artwork shown.
The blank puzzle map with no artwork shown.

Want to request pieces connected to your friends? No problem. You can let us know through a survey we'll send out after the project is completed.

If you're interested in the project but not NYC, tell us why your city or area should be the next puzzle!

The Pieces

Let's talk about the pieces themselves so you know what you're getting. Here's my story: 

Last year I was commissioned to turn two normal-sized puzzle pieces created by a NYC artist into large sculptures that were each about 30 inches long by 30 inches wide. Here was my process (through pictures!). Note: This is NOT the artwork that will be on this puzzle.  Feel free to jump to the last three pictures to see the final product.

The original sketch and pieces I received from the artist.
The original sketch and pieces I received from the artist.
The large sculptures modeled on the computer using Autodesk Inventor.
The large sculptures modeled on the computer using Autodesk Inventor.
The artwork, redone in Photoshop.
The artwork, redone in Photoshop.
The pieces machined on a CNC router.
The pieces machined on a CNC router.
One of the pieces with primer prior to the vinyl wrap of the artwork.
One of the pieces with primer prior to the vinyl wrap of the artwork.
After the vinyl wrap - The final pieces!
After the vinyl wrap - The final pieces!
Close up 1.
Close up 1.
Close up 2.
Close up 2.

The pieces turned out absolutely beautiful and I learned so much along the way. The pieces in this Kickstarter project will be the same as the ones above except for the artwork. They are about 30"x30", a pretty decent sized work of art. They are made out of MDF with a vinyl wrap for the artwork, and they will come fully capable of being hung on a wall if you wish to do so. They are very solid pieces and will hold up for a long time - just like any artwork should!

The Artwork

For the artwork of the puzzle, we wanted something unique yet simple and stylish.  We wanted something that would look great on individual pieces, but would also look great as a whole image of all 500 pieces together.  What we came up with is something you will be excited to hang on your apartment wall.  Combining the novelty of a giant puzzle piece and our high-end manufacturing, this is a piece of art unlike any other.  Below you can see the close-up artwork on a sample piece as well as the artwork in its entirety.

A sample puzzle piece with artwork.
A sample puzzle piece with artwork.
Zoomed out to show the entire artwork for all 500 pieces.
Zoomed out to show the entire artwork for all 500 pieces.

The Rewards

Obviously, we want you to be the owner of the large-scale artwork. But we totally understand that some people just can't spend that much hard-earned money on one. Luckily, you can still own a piece of New York City through the scaled-down key chain version of the pieces for $20. There will be 8 different keychains, so we're also offering rewards to buy a set of 2 pieces or the full set of 8 pieces. The coolest part: all sets will interlock with each other so you and your friends can buy them together.

On to the full sized sculptures! The basic reward of $100 (or $75 for early backers) entitles you to your very own 30"x30" puzzle piece sculpture. It will be selected at random from the puzzle.

There are also 15 uniquely shaped edge pieces.  For their increased rarity, owning one of these edge pieces will be offered at the higher reward of $350.

Do you want a piece of Central Park? Times Square? Your apartment building? When you invest at the highest rewards, you will actually be able to choose which piece you would like. When the project is funded, I will send each backer at this level a map of the puzzle and they will be able to choose which piece they would like. The selection of pieces will occur in the order that they were backed. If the piece you want has been selected by an early backer, we will ask for your second choice. For the normal backer: Don't fear! Only a limited amount of these rewards are offered so there is plenty of the good stuff to go around.

If you would like to own a large piece AND some keychains, there will be an option to add the keychains when the backer surveys come out after the project is completed.

Why a $40,000 goal?

This is a question I have been receiving a lot, because it seems like a really large amount of money, which it totally is. This project is aiming to create 500 really high-quality and large pieces of artwork.  That's a lot of material and a lot of vinyl laminate, both of which are expensive and labor-intensive to work with.  Having worked with a manufacturer to create similar pieces, I requested an invoice for all 500 pieces and the keychains.  This price came out to about $32,000.  When I accounted for packaging and shipping as well as the fees that Kickstarter and Amazon take out, $40,000 is the amount of money I need to produce all 500 pieces and ship them out.  It is a daunting goal, but I believe the product is more than worth it.  Please don't hesitate to ask more questions!

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Don't forget to like our Facebook page! facebook.com/whatpieceareyou


What Piece Are You? in the news:

The Bronx Times / Bronx.com: http://www.bronx.com/news/Art/3035.html

Artiholics: http://artiholics.com/2013/08/22/manhattan-jigsaw/

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

The first pieces I made taught me so much about the process. There were little things here and there that I never thought of, and this time around I know exactly what the process will be.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me!

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    Production costs for the full-sized sculptures are a bit more expensive, but you can still be a part of the movement with this miniature keychain version. Wear it with pride and connect with others who have one!

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