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NOUNS x NOIR
Origin of the Project
To further proliferate Nouns, a NOUNS X NOIR collab for a public art project is proposed. The project entails creating two 4 metre (12 foot) high bronze sculptures that will stand side by side in a major international city. One sculpture shall be of Nouns and the other will be of Noir.
What is it?
The Nouns sculpture will be based on one Noun (tbd which and how). Noir’s sculpture will be a ‘Super Classic Head’ of the kind Noir originated on the Berlin Wall in the 1980s. Noir’s early physical world avatars clandestinely painted on the Wall were a form of political activism through art and represented the people of Berlin at the time. Both Nouns and Noir set out to effect change in the world with their art. From the past to the present, now Nouns and Noir will stand side by side in physical public space in solidarity and friendship.
Both sculptures will be cast at the largest fine art bronze foundry in Europe and patinated using traditional techniques. A suitable permanent and prominent public location will be secured in a major international city and the sculptures will be installed together in dialogue. Because the Nouns and Noir sculptures will be cast in immutable bronze, like the blockchain, they will stand the test of time.
The collaboration aims to further make Nouns an iconic figure worldwide by creating a bridge from the digital to the physical world. An epic cross over from the crypto native world of Nouns to the realm of outdoor public art alongside Noir.
Scope of the Project
In order to complete the project from origination to installation, we need:
- Fabrication of both sculptures
- Digital design Ξ2
- Structural engineering Ξ2
- Modelling phase Ξ12
- Cast, finish and patinate Ξ100
Timescale: 8-12 months
The first stage of the fabrication process involves designing the sculptures in CAD before milling full size CNC models of each. Once milled the physical models can be further worked on by hand to create the final forms. The models will then be directly sand cast in pieces, welded back together and finished. The final stage will be to patinate the sculptures. Before physical work starts on the sculptures a structural engineering report is commissioned to ensure that the construction of both is safe and to design the steel subframes that will secure them in place.
- Fabrication of steel subframe Ξ7
- Shipping Ξ15
- Installation in public Ξ25
*assumes installation in New York City
Timescale: 2 weeks
The sculptures will either be installed flush to the ground with the steel subframe secured under the surface or will stand on plinths comprising the steel subframe clad with stone. Cost and production time for either method is equivalent. Once the subframe and sculpture joinings are tested the sculptures will be ready to be shipped to their installation location and installed. This task will be undertaken by specialists in installing public sculptures.
- Documentation of fabrication phase Ξ4
- Documentation of installation phase Ξ4
- Editing of video footage and photographic material Ξ4
Timescale: duration of entire project
The entire process of creation at the foundry through to installation shall be documented through film (ground and drone), photography and timelapse. Each stage of traditional bronze casting shall be captured. The story of the project shall be told. The resulting documentary will attract an audience drawn from both the native crypto world and the art world and propagate a crossover between the two worlds.
Total project cost for the three phases:Ξ175
- Following the installation of the Nouns and Noir public sculptures a pair of smaller one metre versions will be cast in bronze. These will be the only other versions created aside from the public sculptures. The one metre bronzes will then be sold as a pair at Christie’s or Sotheby’s (most likely in excess of the initial project cost) to benefit a Nouns nominated charity and continue the virtuous cycle.
Who is building this:
@thierrynoir#1989 ( discord )
Thierry Noir is a French artist based in Berlin. You can read more about him here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thierry_Noir. Thierry Noir will manage the project in collaboration with the Nouns.
The artist is not seeking any compensation for his work, will dedicate a year of studio time to the project and is donating all project management resources. The artist can also add extra funding if needed.
As outlined above Ξ175 is required to execute the project.
The amounts shall be paid upon completion of the project milestones set out in the below schedule:
In an effort to remove the uncertainty that crypto price volatility brings to a long-term project such as NOUNS X NOIR, I propose that 100% of the funding be sent to a multi-sig managed by 5 NounsDAO members and converted to a stable coin. In this manner, we can assure the funds will be available as the project progresses to completion.
Upon completion of design, modelling and structural engineering phase Ξ16 ($56.1K USD)
Halfway payment of casting phase Ξ50 ($175.5K USD)
Upon completion of casting phase Ξ50 ($175.5K USD)
Upon completion of installation phase Ξ47 ($165K USD)
Upon publication of documentary materials Ξ12 ($42.1K USD)