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Lookie House, a house with a face, is a temporary art destination with photo opportunities made from used wood, paint, screws and love.
Lookie House, a house with a face, is a temporary art destination with photo opportunities made from used wood, paint, screws and love.
70 backers pledged $3,481 to help bring this project to life.

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I've always wanted to make a theme park, and I have to start somewhere. My plan is to make Lookie House, a house with a face. Lookie House is a temporary art destination made out of salvaged wood. The inside will be covered with my 3D art, and the outside will be covered with photo opportunities. 

Take a photo with your friends
Take a photo with your friends

I grew up mainly in Las Vegas and Southern and Central California in the 80s and 90s. I was inspired in part by Disney Land, Showbiz Pizza, Peewees Playhouse, and Vegas in the late 80's early 90's, before they tore down the Stardust and the Circus Circus still had an actual high flying circus with dancing poodles riding tricycles for the people playing at the craps tables.

Installation at Upper Playground 2014; example of past work
Installation at Upper Playground 2014; example of past work

When I was a kid I spent a lot of time drawing and I would put poster board up on my wall and use my fanny pack full of felt tip markers to draw islands with go-cart tracks circling bars shaped like sand castles with water slides cascading off the top. Lookie House is not that, although it comes from the same compulsion to create spaces where people can connect over unique experiences. 

Proposed T-shirt design. Note: This could change.
Proposed T-shirt design. Note: This could change.
Structural plans
Structural plans

Specifically, Lookie house is a small house, that has a face you can walk into. Its footprint will be about 8 x10 feet. It will be open for the first couple weekends in June of 2015. It will have wood sculptures that you can interact with in the "front yard", and scenes on the outside that you can stick your head in and snap a picture with your friends. It will have a bunch of 3D paintings and a minimal of handmade furniture on the inside. 

Totem part of "Mystic Critters" Screaming Sky 2011; example of solid wood carving
Totem part of "Mystic Critters" Screaming Sky 2011; example of solid wood carving

This is an opportunity for you to experience something different, to create new memories, support unconventional art and to walk into a house with a face.

BONUS: There will be select moments that you can take a picture with "the Cat".

This is your chance to support absurd positivity and positive absurdity. This is the start  to your homegrown theme park. This is Lookie House, a house with a face.

Sticker packs reward
Sticker packs reward

I've made big sculptures, complex project, and installations before, but I'm not going to lie, this is a big one. It involves searching for property, and getting permission from the property owner, which I worked long and hard to get and have gotten. It involves insurance and other little tidbits that bore me to tears, are essential, and are in motion. It involves gathering materials and making the art which I am in the process of doing, and it involves putting it all together in a safe and entertaining way. Finally, it involves cleaning up and making sure the neighborhood looks better than I found it.

Mug design
Mug design

This project and the thought of making space for connecting through unique experience has been tumbling around in my head for a long time. It will happen, but I want it to be great. I need help from my fans and community. In return you will be rewarded with cool gear and original art that will be integrated into Lookie House. There are no losers here. 

Working Design for tote bag
Working Design for tote bag

Thank you for reading, thank you for sharing, and thank you for your support.

Special thanks to Hilary Pfeifer, Chelsea Dungan and Birdie Dungan for help with filming.

Risks and challenges

There are a lot of details that go into making a little house and even more that go into a Kickstarter to help fund it. One of the main challenges is going to be the time it takes to package and ship all of the incentives. My hope is to get the original art out in the weeks following the last day of Lookie House. Due to production time and again shipping details, the accessory items will be shipping in late July.

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    Commemorative postcard. With an original sketch and signature on the message side, and a Lookie themed image printed on the reverse.

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    Sticker pack! This is a pack of 10-12 stickers. Hand silk screened, and hand cut vinyl stickers. Scroll down for examples.

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    Button pack. 4 button pack of buttons that have my designs on them.

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    Lookie House T-shirt. It will say "Lookie", it will have a character, and you will feel good about wearing it (even if its just to bed).

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    Rainbow Mug. 11 oz. This is my take on the classic rainbow mug with a cloud head. Scroll down to see image.

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    Tote Bag! This canvas tote bag will have an image of food friends on the side. It will be big enough to fit a couple record in (12" or better), but I haven't settled on a size/style as of yet. Scroll down to see design.

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    Sharpie tattoo, I will draw something on your arm on the weekends of Lookie House. Sorry this is for people that attend only.

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    Tote bag, t-shirt, AND a pack of buttons. Bundle them rewards like a baby.

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    Original 3D painting of a food friend. It could be a taco, banana, hamburger, milk, or anything else you'd feed to your face. (If you have a specific food you'd like please indicate that in the pledge note, or it will be random ). 4 x 5 inches or larger. Comes with a pair of 3D spex.

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    14 x 19 Portrait of your spirit animal playing an instrument or eating a snack. This is a special opportunity to have a super personal original portrait. Please note that the long wait time is reflective of the quality of this unique reward. I will need some information about you and a photo or two from you.

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    Large wooden sculpture of food, about 30 x 10 inches. These are not made yet, but I will update pictures of them on my blog as they are made. Please contact me before getting one of these.

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