'Pandemic Heroes' historical marker fund raiser


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I'm trying to raise money to make this historical marker
and to find it a permanent home. Or a few permanent homes.
And I'm incentivizing donations with cool prizes:


Contribute this:            Get this:

$10                 1 ‘Pandemic Heroes’ postcard

$20                 3 ‘Pandemic Heroes’ postcards

$50                 1 set of 7 postcards (one each of 7 different sculptures, including this one)

$100               1 set of 6 self-adhesive stickers (various sizes) of ‘Pandemic Heroes’
                            and 1 set of 7 postcards

$200               Set of 20 folded thank you cards and envelopes.

$500               1 signed poster, 2 sets of stickers and 2 sets of postcards

$1000             1 signed, framed (36" x 24") archival computer print (giclée) of a marker of your choice, 1 set of stickers and 1 set of postcards.

$2,500             Set of 50 18" x 24" yard signs to post around the places where the heroes work.

$10,000          One ‘Pandemic Heroes’ sculpture for you and one to be donated in your name to a place where the heroes work. Cast aluminum and acrylic paint, galvanized mounting pole.  96” x 36” x 4” (4-6 weeks for delivery). 


Contributions can be accepted via PayPal (GreenNaturePrints@gmail.com - click link below)

via Venmo @Norm-Magnusson) or by check. Write to to me if you need more details. Thank you.

(GreenNaturePrints@gmail.com)

(@Norm-Magnusson)

Background

Over the years, I've made a whole bunch of these sculptures that subvert the format of the historical marker and, instead of highlighting a famous General who slept here or a famous battle that happened there, highlight a contemporary political or social issue. Lending the weight of historical importance to some of our weightiest current issues. I call this series "On This Site Stood" and the sculptures in it have been shown all over the place in museums and galleries and have been covered everywhere from the New York Times to the Woodstock Times and Sculpture Magazine and many many places in between. 

The sculptures themselves are cast aluminum and acrylic paint and stand 96" x 36" x 4" and almost all of them begin their lives as Photoshop mock ups - digital dreams of what might one day, funding permitting, become an actual, physical sculpture. For example, this one:


I made the mock up above, and posted it on instagram in early April, where it promptly got 10 times more attention than any of my other posts; and then this guy in Brooklyn sent me a pm on ig and asked if I would mind if he printed some out and slapped them up on walls around New York City. Well, indeed I did NOT mind at all and, in fact, kinda loved the idea and so I sent him a big digital file and he proceeded to make good on his plan! And here, below, are some pictures someone snapped of his handiwork:








Next thing you know, these graffiti snipes got covered on a local Brooklyn blog and then got picked up by an online magazine, Laughing Squid (click link or see below) and then this idea for a sculpture took off on social media and many many people said they wanted to donate to help make it real and others said that "every town needs one" and comments such as that and so on, and I started to think maybe I could actually raise enough money to make one and then . . . 


. . .  I got another instagram dm, this time from a reporter from CNN, who was interested in doing an article. I told her about my history with these markers and that I was hoping to raise money to cast this one and place it permanently somewhere in my town or even somewhere in NYC and she loved it all a whole bunch and then, a couple days later, let me know that I should keep her posted on my progress of making this mock up a real, live sculpture and planting it somewhere for the world to see. So that's kinda exciting.

And, well, all of this is why I've put together this fundraiser blog. I wanna raise enough money to make this sculpture a reality. Maybe several times over. And so I'm doing a gofundme kinda kickstarter kinda thing but without using those platforms and just trying to do it myself. So . . . 

Here's the plan: I wanna make 2 or more of these marker sculptures, and donate half of the profits (hopefully, there will be some) to an organization that's donating PPE to health workers in NYC, www.CutRedTape4Heroes.org.

Here's the bargain: every contribution gets something concrete, in addition to the joy of supporting a couple of worthy causes. Details of the thank you gifts are below.


Contribute this:            Get this:

$10                 1 ‘Pandemic Heroes’ postcard

$20                 3 ‘Pandemic Heroes’ postcards

$50                 1 set of 7 postcards (one each of 7 different sculptures, including this one.)

$100               1 set of 6 self-adhesive stickers (various sizes) of ‘Pandemic Heroes’
                            and one set of 7 postcards

$200               Set of 20 folded thank you cards and envelopes.

$500               1 signed poster, 2 sets of stickers and 2 sets of postcards

$1000             1 signed, framed (36" x 24") archival computer print (giclée) of a marker of your choice, 1 set of stickers and 1 set of postcards.

$2,500             Set of 50 18" x 24" yard signs to post around the places where the heroes work.

$10,000          One ‘Pandemic Heroes’ sculpture for you and one to be donated in your name to a place where the heroes work. Cast aluminum and acrylic paint, galvanized mounting pole.  96” x 36” x 4” (4-6 weeks for delivery). 


Contributions can be accepted via PayPal (GreenNaturePrints@gmail.com - click link below)
via Venmo @Norm-Magnusson) or by check. Write to to me if you need more details. Thank you.

Paypal click here
(GreenNaturePrints@gmail.com)

https://venmo.com/
(@Norm-Magnusson)

Half of all profits will be donated to www.CutRedTape4Heroes.org, which is providing free PPE for NYC health care workers in need.



DONATION PREMIUMS

Pandemic Heroes post card:




There are 6 other postcards in the pack of 7 postcards:












Folded thank you cards with envelopes:



Framed, signed archival computer print:

lawn signs





Some past press for this body of work:



























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