Final Passage Funding 1

This campaign has closed without much success. A new plan for raising funds is going into play. The failure to raise attention to this amazing project is heart-breaking because the piece is really going to be inspiring.

So far I raised $170. total. None of it is spent yet and it is being set aside to be refunded if there is an Epic Fail. HOWEVER, if you know me you know I do not give up easy.

Phase 2 funding is going to move forward at the beginning of April. I am going to Burning Man that weekend and will be learning more about the process.

BOTH GRANTS I applied for were declined; so that is 5000$ I will not see.

I am meeting with the team on Friday to discuss direction. I am working on 2 fund raisers and have some great ideas for generating funds.

Please stay with me and stay tuned on for the ongoing efforts.

– Posted on IndieGoGo this morning to the funders so far.

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

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.

Art Installations

What is wrong with me? Oh, too much of an open ended questions there… how is this? What is up with my new passion for art installations.

Not satisfied to something simply sitting on a page or a digital screen, now I am coming up with ideas that require space – volume – transportation. It’s just wrong.

The projects listed in the Art Installations page are all inspired from my recent trip to Burning Man and having interacted with some AWESOME work. I want to make people understand how this finally loosened something inside of me.

I was stuck. I am going to ride this creative wave and see where it takes me.

Burning Man Projects

While at the art and performance event that is Burning Man, I was inspired into 3 more art projects to have completed by next year. 2 of these are now listed in the right menu on this site.

Some people reading this might already have their mind made up about Burning Man, seeing it as a naked hippy drug fest in the desert… but naked hippy drug fests do not produce and display art like this:

"Bliss Dance" Photo by Kurt Ritta "Bliss Dance" Photo by Christina Ritchie "Bliss Dance" Photo by Rich Murphy

And there were many other projects including my own piece. My Monotropolis project was simple and a direct homage to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey from 1968.

Monotropolis at Burning Man - 8/2010I had several favorite including a piece by Syzygryd

"Syzygryd" Photo by Kristopher Hines Unknown Project Photo by Rich Murphy Shot of The Man by me

So stay tuned as I begin a rendering of my next couple large scale projects and begin my wind-up for next year’s Burning Man. I hope I find inspiration in these through the year. Only time will tell.

Art Project Update – Build

If it were not the 11th hour, then it would not be a project that is typical for this kind of situation. 6 months of planning, prep and frustration is not enough! ha ha ha…

Captain Bills Studio/Workshop

Captain Bills Studio/Workshop

Captain Bills Studio/Workshop

After a lot of ribbing based on my original diagram and my highly limited carpentry skills, the master of wood helped (helped?) build the monolith. Yes people… it is finally constructed. Now it is up to me to finish. Now it is up to me to achieve the finished product. It had to be scaled down due to the size of the materials, of which I am extremely grateful to Damian for donating.

I went to Home Depot again yesterday for supplies and yes, will be heading out again today for more. This is insane… I am insane. I had to leave it in the back of my truck last night and this time, it was not stolen. But this mo-fo is heavier than I expected!

Art Project Update – Funding

3 fund raisers later… my art project is no closer to being finished. The last, the third and final, fund raising attempt sits in my car port as a metal frame incomplete. I still have time to accomplish something and maybe in the pinch I will find the magic to finish a rendition of it.

I’m not one to give up, but I am that guy that gets inspired by the crush.

People have given me money toward the project. I very much appreciate all the kind support from my local community, but almost all of those donations were eaten up by the overhead of the 2 events. I orchestrated it well, but there was not enough people generated to make it all fiscally successful.

I found about 2 online fund-raising sources for artists and tried Kickstarter.Com but failed to communicate the scope of the project on a level people would appreciate. Seems that talking about was inspirational enough for a lot of people. For some people theywere just happy someone from the community was doing something new.