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A 6-person puppet, promoting the power of DIY, to inspire and ignite the streets of Somerville and Cambridge
Ecco Pierce
Somerville, Massachusetts
United States
1 Team Member

STRETCH GOAL: $1,000! from Bare bones to Beautiful!

Taking a moment to acknowledge the sheer magnitude of awesome that is my friends and fellow citizens Boston - you are amazing, and making a dream come true... to grace the streets and terrorize small children in a glittery blaze of sequinned fabric. Our initial number was the bare bones package - just enough to get the thing done as a proof of concept so we could make a better one later (and potentially one actually made of fire... but that's another story.) But why not just do it right the first time? This upgrade will allow us to go farther in weatherproofing the piece, making giant resin eyes, greasing up the moving parts with better pieces, making the handling more ergonomic, and adding a TON of detail like individual feather patterns, painted highlights, fringe pinion feathers, ruffled hackle, and whatever I can get away with on the tail. Let's take people's breathe away! Thank you so much for all your support, you make being an artist worth it.

** Update:  If we make $150 passed our goal to $650, I'll be casting the eyes out of transparent, emerald resin so they shine in the sun! The more we make over that, the more feathers, bells and lifelike details we can give him. Thanks everyone for your support! **

If you had the awesomeness to have been there (and of course, we understand if you didn't- accidents happen), you may remember the Asylum Red Dragon that paraded with HONK! the year before last, delighting Cambervillian children and captivating adults for the glory of art and Artisan's Asylum.  (if you missed it, check out this short video: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaypee4227/6220120329/)

Well, the HONK! parade (http://honkfest.org/) organizers reached out to Ecco Pierce and I and asked us to bring the Asylum's special brand of wacky maker spectacle back this year, and we (with help from members of the community), have stepped up with...

The Firebird Project!

A 20+ foot long kinetic sculpture/puppet with two traffic lanes of gracefully operable wings, celebrating the creative act through movement, dance, and sculpture, and promoting the Cambervillian creative community (especially as embodied by the membership and community support of Artisan's Asylum).  The Firebird is scheduled to appear in this year's parade along with a cadre of dance and movement artists to delight onlooking children and inspire adults to manifest their own creative potential, but we need your help to get it there!

As you may well know, there's no money in community art, and while we have received some funding, we're not quite there to cover the cost of materials to make this happen (and we are piss-poor artists).  If you're a lover of art and want to help bring more of it to the public on this very special annual event or a supporter of our local maker community who wants to see it promoted, we encourage you to step up and help this spectacle take flight!

Sincerest gratitude,

Ecco, David, and the Firebird Team 

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This campaign ended on October 5, 2013
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  • $10USD

    You'll get to enjoy the satisfaction of helping make art happen, and we will hug you. (shipping not included on hugs)

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $20USD

    We will mail or give you Firebird stickers, designed by Ecco!

    10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013
  • $30USD
    Feather charmz!

    Receive a commemorative Firebird project feather charm, perfect to wear as jewelry, illegally dangle from your rearview mirror, or to leave somewhere for your cat to destroy.

    8 claimed
    Estimated delivery: October 2013

    Firebird Illustration

    Get a handmade color illustration by Ecco, that fits in a 9x13 frame. There's only 3 and each one will be a unique depiction of the inspiring bird in a different style and expression.

    3 out of 3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: November 2013
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