Non-profit organization Thomas R. Morrison Public Art Projects Inc., a 501C, today announced the success of the first round of crowdsource funding for “Venus Dreaming,” the last sculpture of Thomas “Randy” Morrison who passed in January 2022. Morrison was arguably one of the most important Mardi Gras float designers of all time, and one of the greatest American neoclassic sculptors of the early 21st century. The launch of this funding was led by Alex Szablya, Charley and Bob Zeches, and 77 other generous donors.
“When you see Rodin’s work or Bernini or Michelangelo, you feel your humanity at a deeper level than your ordinary daily life, and that is a legacy which is worth living and dying for. So I have dedicated my life to that, and I hope that one day I’ll make something that’s worthy of that tradition. One piece that makes people light up inside and makes them feel like they’re not alone, makes them feel like their experience in life is part of a family,” Thomas R. Morrison, 2018.
“We sailed past our initial goal of $5,000 and are heading towards our next big goal: $10,000. I am so amazed and delighted by the tremendous support we've already received! Thanks very much to everyone who has already donated,” says Dave Seropian, Treasurer, Thomas R. Morrison Public Art Projects Inc., February 2023.
The goal of this project is to raise $29,500 to fund the life-size figurative sculpture “Venus Dreaming” by late artist Thomas R. Morrison to be cast in bronze and permanently installed in Coliseum Square Park, near the artist’s former home.
- The goal of this project is to raise $29,500 to fund the life-size figurative sculpture “Venus Dreaming” by late artist Thomas R. Morrison to be cast in bronze and permanently installed in Coliseum Square Park, near the artist’s former home.
- The total cost of having the Venus bronze cast, packed, and shipped from the Artworks Foundry in Berkeley, California to New Orleans is estimated at approximately $25,000.
- The cost of permanently installing the piece on a plinth in the park is estimated at $10,000.
About Thomas R. Morrison Public Art Projects: Thomas R. Morrison Public Art Projects is a non-profit organization founded by Stacey Morrison and Stephen Morrison, the artist’s siblings, and David Seropian, his lifelong friend. Members include Robyn Gilliam, Read Ridley, Lara Schultz, and Angela Jackson. Founded in January 2023, the non-profit is dedicated to the challenge of seeing this project through to completion, then continuing to support the New Orleans artistic community that the late Thomas Morrison loved and nurtured during his long career. $7,000 was previously raised via private donations. All donations are tax-deductible to this public charity. Donations can be made at: https://gofund.me/4f4565d9.
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