What is Sebastian?
Sebastian is a unique larger-than-life steel statue of the model Sebastian Sauvé. Taking its main inspirations from the myth of Narcissus, Charles Ray’s Boy with Frog and the Greco-Roman depictions of the youth Antinous, this project is both an exploration of contemporary representations of the masculine form and a comment on the icon and its place in contemporary culture. Alongside the finished stainless steel statue, which will stand over 8 feet tall, a number of smaller identical limited edition versions are being produced. Once complete, the full-size statue will be exhibited internationally before finding a permanent home. The image below shows you what the finished statue will look like.
What We Need & What You Get
Thanks to a handful of investors (really, thank you!), we've already done the first part of the project, the 3D scanning, modelling and printing/casting, and now we need to raise funds to complete the full-size statue for exhibition. In order to do that we're offering identical smaller limited edition versions of Sebastian as perks for your contribution. There's a 6 inch (15 cm) version cast in stone resin (in an edition of 50) and a 20 inch (50 cm) version cast in bronze (in an edition of 15). There's also a poster and a vest/tank top featuring the statue and some other cool stuff too, including the chance to meet the model and attend the invitation only private view in London, check out the pics below and info on the right. From the tests we've done so far we think the limited edition statues look amazing and hope you do too.
Limited edition statues
12 x 10 inch print
Original statue sketch from 2011
This statue will be around forever. Well, maybe not forever but for a long, long time. Given the nature of stainless steel it'll last for hundreds and hundreds of years and we hope that in the future it will become as important a work as those that have inspired it. This type of work is something that comes along once in a lifetime and we want you to be a part of making it happen.
Other Ways You Can Help
You can make a huge difference to the success of the project by helping to spread the word. The full details of the project, all the inspirations and the process behind making it, as well as lots more images, can be found on the project website:
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About Stuart Sandford
Stuart Sandford received his BA Fine Art, with Honours, in 2006. He has exhibited his photographic, video and installation work in New York, London, Berlin, Basel, Rotterdam, Rome, Madrid, and Vienna, amongst others. In 2010 he curated the group show HUNG and co-curated Boy BANG Boy, both of which took place in London. His work has been featured in magazines internationally, including BUTT, GT, Maenner, Kaiserin, attitude and Objektiv, the Norwegian journal of contemporary photography.
Sebastian being scanned
About Sebastian Sauvé
American-born and British-raised Sebastian Sauvé is ranked amongst the 50 top male models in the world. His boyish yet masculine appearance coupled with a classical look is ideal for a project that not only takes its inspiration from classical sculpture but also reflects the definition of male beauty in the 21st Century.
Sebastian Sauvé and Stuart Sandford