Press Release for Final Passage

PRESS RELEASE – Local artist and resident of Southern Nevada for a decade Scott K is in the process of building a major art project called “Final Passage”. It will be a 22 foot tall ethereal metal tree with additional elements that is a statement about individual spiritual rites of passage; it is designed to inspire and unite all forms of spirituality and meditation.

We are in the process of generating funding for the project through grants and angel donations. This is Scott K’s 2nd project of this caliber in the last 2 years.

The art piece will be first unveiled to Las Vegas at the July 1st event called First Friday held monthly in the Las Vegas Arts District near Casino Center Drive and Charleston Avenue in the heart of Las Vegas.

The piece will be unveiled to an international audience at another Nevada based art and performance event called Burning Man that occurs in Northern Nevada once a year around Labor Day weekend 2011.

The piece will be largely funded by art grants but the creator and team of local professionals working on the piece still need to generate funding to meet the overhead on creating such an amazing piece of art work. It is also with determination that the art piece will find a home in Las Vegas or Henderson as a sustained and shimmering monument to peace.

Scott K is a local artist with 2 degrees from The Art Institute of Las Vegas in creative fields and brought his first installation art piece to Burning Man in 2010. The 2010 piece was a static homage to Stanley Kubrick and the 1968 film “2001: A Space Odyssey”. Has attended Burning Man since 2009. His art web site is www.art23design.com.

Ricky Tarkowsy is the owner of Weld Rite Services in Henderson and is the principle welder and metals artist working to make the vision come to life and his business location just off Sunset.

Shane Mathisen is an Equipment Controls Specialist for his own successful small business in Henderson and Las Vegas is our lead on the electronic and other systems working inside the piece. He has also been an attendee to Burning Man since 1996.

Construction will begin April 2011 at WELD RITE SERVICES and is looking for community support. It was inspired by bringing two well known spiritual elements together; the Tree of Life meets the River Styx.

Final Passage update

Updated information posted here on this web site as well as the Indiegogo.Com site where I am perpetuating my attempt at funding.

Tree of Life meet the River StyxThe budget cam to 10K to get this project wrapped up to 100% completion and transported. I am thinking about a trial run at Element -11 which is like a mini Burning Man event out of Salt Lake City. It’s another expense, but it might be a fun preview unless I keep the preview local with First Friday.

Anyway, the updated renderings are linked and shared everywhere including the video on IndieGoGo. Now to work on the other grants and write a press release for Final Passage.

Final Passage update

Looks like I brought on a couple of new partners in the future success of this project and am hoping to find one more very accomplished person on Saturday. These people are craftsman who have solid reputations in their fields and have the foundation to help me make this happen.

It is my hope that following Burning Man 2011 that by working with BRAF (Black Rock Arts Foundation) and Nevada Arts that I can place this in the city where it can continue to live on for public interaction.

Very exciting.

Grant Process

Over the last few weeks a big part of my energy has been working on a Grant or two to make this large project come to life. “Final Passage” is only one of three projects I want moving in the pipeline for 2011.

The fund raising campaign is already underway with my first donation received. I have big dreams about making this happen, but I do not want to wait til the 11th hour for this project.

What does this have to do with web design? Well, nothing. This web site is my portfolio site which includes all the kinds of art and work that I do. I have a lot of skills and experience to bring to the table.

Final Passage is the largest and most beautiful project I have decided to undertake and am really excited about making it happen.