A Space to ENVY!

American Steel Studio and FLUX Foundation as neighbors

One of my biggest projects right now is the “Final Passage” art piece of which I have been planning for about six months or more now. There have been a lot of changes along the way, but nothing that took away from the pure core of what it is about. It represents spirituality and change; not evolutionary change but spiritual development or growth.

Religion is not a part of this art work but an abstraction and a by-product, but none of it is directly addressed. Yes, you see Tree. The Tree of Life comes from Kaballah, ancient African religions, and Pagan spiritualism and more. Water is represented while fire is actually present at the end of each branch. The boat is the Ferry Man from the River Styx.

The project page has the mission statement on it while the Facebook is getting frequent updates.

Work Space

Today I secured a work space and I am very excited. It currently houses come of the most prestigious projects connected to Burning Man or did. The Raygun Rocketship currently housed on the  Embarcadero was built there. See some of the images below and their notes:

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American Steel Gallery is a huge warehouse of amazing art that is recognized all over the world and houses some amazing talent. Not that I want to place myself in the company of those people necessarily as an equal, but I feel like being in their presence is an inspiration. When I first came face to face with the Flux crew, Flaming Lotus Girls and others I was so intimidated.

I have seen and live among amazing creative energy. I came to San Francisco hoping to discover new roads to creativity and success and am blessed to be – here.

Media and Me

Ignite Conference 2011

Have to get a video finished for an event tomorrow night to raise awareness of the “Final Passage” project which seems pretty wonky right now, but I am determined to get this done. New challenge include new geography and new support infrastructure.

So, basically most of the stuff in Vegas goes on hold. I am talking tomorrow night at an artist group and need to have this non-existent video ready. So, I will be spending the next 24 hours on After Affects and with my Android Camcorder.

Meanwhile, I found an interesting video that I found very interesting from the Ignite conference that also includes Joseph Pred from Burning Man. I came across it because I follow @josephpred on Twitter. So, I think it is worth a looksie.

Joseph has often posted information I wanted to follow and having checked out this video I enjoyed it a lot. It’s information and just interesting. I looked at it from the social impact on social networking and technology that applies to the world today. Get what you want out of it.

I appreciate the following and will keep things updated.

Leaving Las Vegas

This week I announced I was moving out of Las Vegas and heading to San Francisco on the hope that I would be opening up to new horizons. Exactly when I will be getting out of LV is a good question right now given all the plates I have spinning in the air.

I am working and doing work for people here and there and am committed to seeing each project through.

My Final Passage art piece is on hold, but WILL BE COMPLETED, yet I am figuring out how things will settle. I want to thank everyone who has donated to the cause so far. I wanted to make this a home-grown project for Vegas and make this a home for it after Burning Man but that does not seem to be the case.

Meanwhile, I am actively looking for work in SFO and had a great interview last week I am hoping to see go somewhere.


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 www.art23design.com for the ongoing efforts.

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

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.