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Hi all, Just found out today that two sculpture proposals were accepted for an RFP for a riverwalk up in Yankton, SD. Thought I'd post the proposals.

The TravelerThe Traveler

River FlightRiver Flight

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


visitor's picture

Congratulations. When is

Congratulations. When is the planned building and installation?


eligius1427's picture

Thanks, I'm not sure exactly

Thanks, I'm not sure exactly where they are going in Yankton just yet. They have developed a riverwalk and the call to artists was to find sculpture to decorate the walk for a year, then I believe they have another call. I'll find out more in January.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


lorrie's picture

Congrats!

Congratulations Jake, keep us posted. I like the designs.
Lorrie


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Lorrie Jake Jake

Thanks Lorrie

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


Gerald Boggs's picture

Very nice, Jake What's the

Very nice, Jake

What's the timeline for installation.

Gerald


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Gerald, I believe I

Thanks Gerald, I believe I have to deliver them in May, which might be more difficult than I expected now. I submitted two proposals in order to better my chance at having one of them accepted, I never really gave much thought to the idea of them both being accepted. They're not terribly large, but fitting them both in a pickup bed might be a problem. Might have to caravan.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


Jamie Santellano's picture

CONGRTULATIONS!!! Jake I

CONGRTULATIONS!!! Jake I wish you all the best with both of these projects!

CHEERS!!!

Jamie Santellano


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Jamie Jake

Thanks Jamie

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


Fred Zweig's picture

Congrats

It must feel great to be appreciated! Congratulations on your commission and keep us posted on the progress of the pieces.

Best,
Fred

Fred Zweig
Metalsmith


SteelyJan's picture

Congratulations!!!

Hi Jake, you are becoming the king of commissions.....that's sooooo amazing..I guess the more you do the more will come...good luck, I'm sure you will mange doing both of them , no problem.....Steelyjan


mosesralph's picture

Jake-atta boy, way to go.

I just received a request from Edina,MN looking for sculpture proposals for the Edina Promenade. Send me your email and I will forward a copy of the request.
This is a one year exhibition/loan; $500 to each accepted artist for the loan and $1,000, $750, $500 for 1st, 2nd, 3rd in the people's choice voting. March 31 deadline for the exhibit which will run June 2010 -May 2009.

From the frozen tundra...Jim


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Jim, I

Thanks Jim, I will.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


NELSON's picture

Hi Jake, Happy New Year!

Hi Jake,
Happy New Year! Glad you`re getting just credit for your work. Lucky day, lucky year...! Great .nelson.


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Nelson, and happy new

Thanks Nelson, and happy new year to you too. Let's hope it's a lucky year for us all.

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


Frank Castiglione's picture

Luck??

Hi Jake,
Maybe 10% luck, More like 110% hard work and talent. Congrats.
Frank


eligius1427's picture

Thanks for the kind words

Thanks for the kind words Frank. You have any thing in the works? Another bird maybe?

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE


Will Jones's picture

Great News Jake, I like the

Great News Jake,
I like the way you present your proposals - something I can learn from. Those organic forms are pretty tough (for me) to draw.. and they're gonna require some head scratching to make!
I'm often unsure with those kind of things how much time to (potentially) waste, experimenting in the workshop before submitting a proposal, or how much I should wing it and trust myself to be able to make what I've drawn, just because it's always worked out in the past (touch wood!)

Will Jones


eligius1427's picture

Thanks Will. This has been

Thanks Will. This has been the most successful proposal styles that I've tried. It's so nerve racking trying to put so much info on one page. Although both forms are pretty organic, they shouldn't be too difficult to make, I took fabrication into consideration when designing these. Might make the "legs" on the traveler removable to aid in transport, but we'll see.

I am sympathetic and often unsure as well as too how much time to put in to these. I've ended up making the decision to only create design proposals that I'd like to build whether i get the commission or not, resubmitting to other calls if it is within the scope of the call. Sooooo much of getting a commission is in the proposal and wording, this is the 3rd revision of the Traveler proposal. Not quite sure why i like this design so much, but i do. I want to make a gigantic one, 30-50 feet tall some day. I just imagine driving down a two lane highway and seeing this form on the horizon, getting bigger and bigger and saying under my breath "what in the hell......." lol. There is a gigantic concrete head somewhere in Germany that is other worldly. Very commanding, and it can be seen for miles. Probably won't happen, but my fingers are crossed.

Hope all is well across the pond

Jake

Jake Balcom
Mettle Design
Lincoln, NE