Henlo lovers of all things Doge & metal alloys & plinths!
Here’s an update from The Statue Collective™ re our mission to build a bronze Kabosu in her home town of Sakura, Chiba. The Statue Collective is made up of Own The Doge, The Dogecoin Foundation, NFD, The Doge Pound and Rainbow Wallet, and is represented on Twitter as @BronzeTheDoge.
We appreciate that things have been a bit quiet since we successfully raised $100k, so here is a bit of an insight into the discussions we’ve had, and are continuing to have. Please comment below and respond to our prompts if you want to join the conversation!
Firstly, we reached out to a number of bronze foundries around the world, learning about the process, from a clay maquette through to lost-wax casting, building armatures, and choosing a patina! (very learning)
We are now getting ready to engage one of the shortlisted suppliers, so it’s a pertinent time to get thots from our fam and those who donated to this most Dogely of causes.
We have been considering three suppliers in the USA, two in Australia and three in Japan.
As far as the budget goes, the $100k is currently broken down thusly:
60-70k for statue making (design, maquette, mold making, bronze cast, plinth, bronze name plate)
5-10k for transport and install (cost will vary depending on the chosen supplier’s location)
0-5k for a 3d scan of the maquette (depending on the supplier we choose, this could be included)
5-10k for ancillary park costs (benches, signs, things to beautify the immediate area)
10-20k as a donation to the park itself (this was a condition of our arrangement with Sakura City Council)
Atsuko has been with us through the process and is currently our liaison with Sakura City Council. She has informed us that the concept has changed slightly. What was once a statue of Kabosu in all her glory, is now to be a statue of Kabosu, plus Atsuko’s three cats! All four glorious animals can be found on her blog (https://kabochan.blog.jp/)
We are getting creative with the concept. We want Kabosu to have pride and place on a granite plinth, so that adoring fans can sit with her for a selfie. We think the cheeky cats could be playing or sleeping on nearby benches, so as to liven up the space, but not steal Kabo’s thunder.
Our next steps are:
Choose a Bronze Worker/Foundry to do the statue design, and deliver the final bronze pieces, and the granite plinth, and install everything for a much excite ribbon cutting.
Provide an Artist Rendering of the statue in its planned home, to the Sakura City Council, for their final sign-off.
Work with the bronze supplier to create a statue of memetic proportions.
Here are some questions we are currently asking. Please chime in with your thoughts!
What should the Doge be doing? Sitting, standing, jumping, microwaving a sweet potato? We have opted to aim for the stars: we want to see Kabosu in her famous pose, recreating the original meme image as closely as possible. Of course this means there will be some artistic license, as not all of her body is visible. It’s certainly the most WOW option though.
Initially, we were planning to create a horse-sized Kabosu. After further discussion, we determined that the Sakura City Council and Atsuko were more concerned with having the cats included, and feel that a smaller Kabosu would better suit the aesthetics of their park. How does sound?
What should the cats be doing? Lying on a bench? Popping out of the stone plinth? Preparing a sneak attack on Kabosu? Hanging from a blade of the famous windmill?
How should we activate this space? Water bowls built into the plinth for real life doggos to enjoy? A gazebo to stop the rain? Stepping stones, leading Pilgrims through the park to their holy destination?
We can’t wait to share designs and plans from this exciting journey in the coming months.
We appreciate the support of our greater Doge fam, as we strive to Do Only Good Everyday.