Homeless Deaths Memorial Sculpture

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Project by Making it Out CIO

Total raised £14,083

raised so far

+ est. £1029.50 Gift Aid

124

supporters

Raising funds needed to fabricate and install a public sculpture that commemorates people who have died whilst homeless.

We're still collecting donations

On the 7th July 2023 we'd raised £13,803 with 120 supporters in 69 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

SUPPORT OUR 'FALLEN LEAVES' CAMPAIGN

1313 people died whilst homeless last year. Now you can show your support for a reduction in this by wearing one of our fallen leaf badges. 

Just like the individuals that died last year, each one of these badges is unique. They have been laser cut and then hand painted by our participants. See a video of us making them  

We are asking for a £10 donation for these badges but if you can't afford this and would like to support the cause, please select the reduced rate of £2. 

You can also choose one of the higher amounts or get some badges for your friends and family...we would love to send out all 1313!  

All donations go towards the construction and installation of the sculpture detailed below. 

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Thanks for looking and please wear your badge in support and share this with friends. 

The Homeless Deaths Memorial Sculpture is a 'first of its kind' public artwork being created to commemorate people who have died whilst homeless.   

People who lose their lives whilst homeless often have no funeral or remembrance service and there is usually no record of their lives or site at which people can remember them.

Over the past two years we have worked directly with people who are homeless or have been recently, to ensure their ideas and opinions are part of the artwork and now we need your help to raise enough money to turn these ideas into a reality. 

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The artwork will be a permanent installation in Brighthelm Gardens, central Brighton which is half way down on the walk from the station to the seafront. Placing the artwork here will bring the issue to the attention of millions of visitors to the city and help to create better public awareness of the tragic statistics associated with homelessness. 

The average age at death was 45 for men and 43 for women. This is more than 30 years lower than the average age at death of the general population. 

Shelter 2022

The artwork is being created by Making it Out, a local charity, who help people to move on from prison, homelessness and addiction through regular engagement in creative making. All of the manufacture and installation of the artwork will be carried out by MIO and our participants and will create direct employment and further training opportunities. 

The project has three key outcomes: 

  • Creation of a peaceful and meaningful artwork that provides solace and a place to mourn. 
  • To highlight the risks associated with homelessness and encourage people who are homeless to seek help. 
  • To bring the issue of homeless deaths to a wider audience and encourage the public to support local organisations and campaign for change.

Official figures for 2021 state that an estimated 741 homeless people died in England and Wales - 54% higher than when records began in 2013. However figures from the museum of homelessness, considered to be more accurate, put this number at 1313.  

Funds from this crowdfunder will go towards  the planning, build and installation of the sculpture, as detailed below:

  • Planning permission application & structural engineering calculations
  • Materials for construction of concrete base and stainless steel tree. 
  • Staff costs for manufacture and installation. 
  • Materials and equipment hire for installation
  • Production of signage and up to date information to help explain the project, encourage the public to help and direct people in need to find help. 

Co-creation

From the very start of the project it was clear that the artwork not only had to represent the homeless community but that the design should also originate from people who had experienced homelessness and families and friends of those no longer able to contribute. For this to be possible, we set out on a process of co-creation, looking for ways to empower people who wouldn’t usually get involved in ‘creative’ activities or consider their input important. 

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This ethos has remained throughout the project in the form of a committee, art packs, outreach sessions and the establishment of a workgroup. As the sculpture is constructed, we will create opportunities for further involvement in manufacture and installation. 

 Design of the Sculpture 

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The working design shows a stainless-steel framework of a tree combined with the abstracted form of a seated human figure hunched over made from stacked blocks of recycled concrete. 

The tree is growing across the back of the figure with branches wrapping around trying to find somewhere a surface to anchor and seemingly surviving despite difficult circumstances. 

The separate ‘piled’ concrete blocks instead of a traditional plinth represents broken foundations that are often a factor in homelessness. 

The tree’s delicacy and almost transparency contrasts with its determined effort to survive in a hard, unforgiving, and inhospitable urban environment. The growth over the concrete also gives the impression they have been static for a long time, symbolic of a lack of action on homelessness in the UK. 

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REWARD REFERENCE IMAGES

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Limited edition print (£25 in reward section) 

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Micro sculptures of the memorial 

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Laser cut landscape examples.

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  AMEX stadium in the downs (laser cut landscape artwork) 

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Brighton Pavilion laser cut artwork 

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Bespoke street map example 

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Rewards

This project offered rewards

£10 or more

One Fallen Leaf Badge

One hand painted fallen leaf pin badge posted to you at the end of the crowdfunder. These badges are all unique to represent the unique individual people that died whilst homeless. Thank you!

£2 or more

Reduced rate Fallen leaf Badge

One fallen leaf badge at a reduced rate if you don't h ave £10 to spare at the moment.

£25 or more

Limited edition rainbow memorial print

A limited edition print of a colourful interpretation of the proposed sculpture design. Produced from individually laser cut panels. See the post at https://www.instagram.com/reel/CsB2-aWI_aj/?igshid=NTc4MTIwNjQ2YQ== to see how we made these.

£35 or more

Four fallen leaf badges

Help us with postage costs and buy four hand painted fallen leaf pin badge. These badges are all unique to represent the unique individual people that died whilst homeless. Thank you!

£80 or more

Memorial man micro sculpture

Own your own small memorial sculpture. These micro sculptures are scaled down versions of the plinth that the tree will stand on, approximately 20:1 made from various different types of wood and finished either with paint or lightly oiled. Select an option on the following page, images of the models are in the project description.

£150 or more

Blacksmithing experience day with MIO

Come to MIO for the day to try out the basics of blacksmithing. Working on our newly built forge in our 16th century barns near Steyning you will be under the supervision of one of our capable and affable participants. You will have the chance to work with a number of simple techniques to create a bespoke artefact to take home with you. We will get in touch after the crowdfunder to set a date and location.

£150 or more

An introduction to Laser Cutting with MIO

Come to MIO for the day to learn to use our large scale laser cutter. Based in our barns near Steyning, our participants and staff will guide you through the basics of how laser works, what you can achieve and guide you to create something special to take away with you. We will get in touch after the crowdfunder to set a date and location. Transport can be arranged from Brighton if necessary.

£150 or more

A day of Copper Enamelling

Spend the day with Making it Out creating some pieces of enamelled jewellery. Guided by our talented participants you will have the opportunity to shape and form some bespoke pieces before decorating them with vitreous enamel in our kiln. We will get in touch after the crowdfunder to set a date and location. Transport can be arranged from Brighton if necessary.

£150 or more

Learn to make a frame with the MIO crew

Bring an artwork that you need to frame and learn to make a custom hardwood frame for it. Guided by MIO participants will learn to rip down your timber, cut the mitres, glue/fix it together and mount fit the glass if required. We will get in touch soon after the crowdfunder to set a date and location. Transport can be arranged from Brighton if necessary to get to our Steyning barns.

£200 or more

A bespoke street map artwork

Give us the postcode of somewhere special to you and we'll create a bespoke street map artwork. You can choose the colours and style of painting for the background....and we'll even frame it into the bargain. Maximum size A2.

£220 or more

A bespoke 'laser cut' landscape relief artwork

Let MIO create a bespoke laser cut artwork of one of your favourite landscapes. If you provide a photo the MIO crew will work our magic and return you a framed artwork, either painted or in a natural wood finish. See images to the bottom of the project description for examples. www.makingitout.co.uk

£250 or more

Experience days for 2 people

Choose from any of our experience days below and bring along a friend as well. Please select the making discipline on the next page and we will get in tough soon to work out a date for you to come and work with the MIO crew to make something special.

£300 or more

Amex Stadium in the downs (laser cut artwork)

A unique laser cut artwork depicting the AMEX stadium nestled amongst the downs. This artwork measures 1000mm x 400mm but we are happy to adjust size and colour to meet the desires of any generous supporters. Artwork comes framed and ready to hang on the wall with a french cleat. See pics in project description.

£300 or more

The Brighton Pavilion (laser cut artwork)

A unique laser cut artwork depicting the Brighton Pavilion and gloriously colourful pavilion gardens. This is a substantial artwork measures 1000mm x 400mm but we are happy to adjust size and colour to meet the desires of any generous supporters. Artwork comes framed and ready to hang on the wall with a french cleat. See pics in project description.

£300 or more

COOKING EXPERIENCE WITH NOSTOS (for 4 people)

An amazingly generous donation from our friends at Nostos, one of Brighton and Hove's best restaurants! 'Join us for a cooking learning session – together you’ll cook an array of delicious dishes, prepared and plated to restaurant standards, then dine together in a relaxed and sociable atmosphere. With prossecco or beer or wine on arrival we’ve got your cooking lesson well and truly sorted!'

£500 or more

BUSINESS REWARD Treat your staff to a day with MIO

Send up to 4 of your staff to MIO for a day of making, either at our barns in Steyning or over in Portslade. We will get in shortly after the crowdfunder to plan something special for them. Go on, they're worth it!

£1,000 or more

BUSINESS REWARD Away days with MIO - upto 10 staff

Treat your colleagues to a unique day of creative making with Making it Out's friendly participants. We will host your staff team at our barns near Steyning where you will have the chance to use make a bespoke piece of furniture, jewellery or art. We offer a range of a different creative disciplines including carpentry, blacksmithing, metal fabrication, ceramics, painting, printing, sculpture and use of our giant laser cutter.

£1,800 or more

BUSINESS REWARD Away Days with MIO - Up to 15

Treat your colleagues to a unique day of creative making with Making it Out's friendly participants. We will host your staff team at our barns near Steyning where you will have the chance to use make a bespoke piece of furniture, jewellery or art. We offer a range of a different creative disciplines including carpentry, blacksmithing, metal fabrication, ceramics, painting, printing, sculpture and use of our giant laser cutter. (dates set later)

£2,500 or more

Become a named sponsor & get involved in making

Any business or individual able to contribute this significantly to the artwork will be named and thanked in the signage next to it. We will also throw in a day with our crew for up to 10 staff or friends who can come and get involved in the making of the sculpture.

£2,500 or more

Become a named sponsor & a get unique piece of art

Any business or individual able to contribute this significantly to the artwork will be named and thanked in the signage next to it. We will also make you a bespoke artwork for your home/business. This could be from a number of different materials and disciplines and we're keen to involve your staff or family in the planning.

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