Migrant Stork
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On 21st March 2018 we successfully raised £122 with 8 supporters in 56 days

To bring a flock of 'migrant' stork sculptures to the West Midlands and to raise awareness of subjects surrounding migration

by Gavin Rogers in Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

I am crowdfunding to bring a flock of migrant RED STORK SCULPTURES to the West Midlands, and through workshops raise awareness of subjects surrounding migration and settlement in the UK.


As you may or may not be aware each spring the common stork migrates from the East African Savannah towards Southern, Central and Eastern Europe. Many people across mainland Europe welcome these multi-continental migrants each year - being the bearers of good luck, life, health and vitality. Once nested, pairs of storks will return for the same nest every year, for the rest of their life. Interestingly Storks have not nested in the UK for over 600 years, until in 2014 when a pair found their way to Great Yarmouth in the UK and are now starting to settle in the UK in small numbers. 

Proposal

I am offering individuals, venues and businesses across the West Midlands the chance to host a migrant stork sculpture for the spring period of 2018 (March to June) to be located on an external part of your building or grounds, to give the illusion it has just landed and is looking for a home. I am currently working with cultural venues and workplaces across the West Midlands, with some great venues already confirmed from galleries to builder’s merchants (all of whom employ migrant EU workers). I am hoping to get as many venues confirmed as possible to ensure this project has a good regional impact. 

       

All funds from this crowd funding page will contibute towards the manufacture of the 2D storks, and more importantly associated community events, talks and workshops surrounding the project. The plan is to commission a number of other artists to help co-facilitate these migration based conversations. 

A number of gifts are available for the crowd funding, including a prints, sculptures, adoptions and you can get your very own Martenitsa (March bracelet) a tradition in Bulgaria, Greece, Macedonia and Romania . The bracelet is worn from the 1st March until you see the first stork of spring.  Then of course, you will be blessed with good luck. 

A Martenitsa Bracelet  (£5 donation) / Adopt a stork sculpture (£10 donation)

In the following spring (2019) the plan is to bring all of the storks together on a civic building – to illustrate a flock of migrants looking across the region – hopeful yet concerned - about whether they are welcome. As well as being a delightful aesthetic sight for passers by. This cluster of storks will coincide to the moment the UK leaves the EU in April 2019. 

The stork re-appropriated as a silhouette in multiples, has the potential to provoke many debates and conversations about belonging, nostalgia and migration for both for home and/or migrant citizens – something particularly important in recent political landscapes, (Brexit etc.)

If you are interested in hosting one of the storks or have any more ideas for the project and beyond? Please get in touch through this site. 

Best Wishes

Gavin 

Artist, Activist and Human 


Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

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A red and white Martenitsa bracelet

A Martenitsa is a small bracelet, made of white and red yarn, which is worn by many people from Bulgaria, Greece, Romania and Macedonia as a sign of good luck and health. In Bulgaria the Martenitsa bracelet is worn from the 1st March, and can only be removed upon sighting the first stork of spring. Grab yourself a bracelet for a bargain £5 and help fund the project

£10 or more

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Adopt a Red Stork Sculpture

By adopting a stork sculpture you will have your name carefully scribed into the legs of the stork. Then you will then be given the location of your stork so you can visit them during the project.

£20 or more

1 of 10 claimed

Limited edition print of a red stork

Limited edition Riso print of a red stork (200x300mm) on fine print paper.

£50 or more

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Limited Edition - Indoor Mini Stork Sculpture

Own your very own stork sculptures. A mini version of the stork sculpture, to remind you of the project, migration, seasons and it should, if you believe the myth, bring good heath and luck into your life. Description: A 2D silhouette of a stork. Dimensions: 350mm (Height) by 340mm (Width) x 6mm Ply (Width). Colour: Red – the colour relates graphically to labour movements, revolutionary aesthetics communism and former soviet semiotics.

£100 or more

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Upgrade to a VIP Host

AS a host of one of the FREE storks associated with the project, you can upgrade to a VIP status. In return you will received a Riso Print, Martenista bracelet and the knowing that you are a VIP!

£150 or more

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Outdoor/Indoor Stork Sculpture - Life Sized

Own your very own stork sculptures. A life sized laser cut model of a red stork - identical to the ones being used for the project. Description: A 2D silhouette of a stork. Dimensions: 970mm (Height) by 930mm (Width) x 6mm Ply (Width). With additional fixtures on the back to ensure strength. Colour: Red – the colour relates graphically to labour movements, revolutionary aesthetics communism and former soviet semiotics.


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