"Cashi" was commissioned by the Detroit Zoo for its new National Amphibian
Conservation Center. The sculpture was designed to receive donations
and was installed in June, 2000. Since its installation, it has been receiving
an average of twenty dollars a day in donations. It soon paid for itself,
and now all the funds go to benefit the Amphibian Taxon Advisory Group
of the American Zoo and Aquarium Association.
"Cashi" is made of fiber glass epoxy over a sturdy steel frame. A sign near the sculpture tells visitors that the sculpture responds when coins or bills are dropped in its mouth. Original responses were created that relate to amphibians and their habitat and were designed to be amusing, entertaining, and thought provoking. Most of the thirty-six responses are short, but four responses are lengthier poems.
For cash strapped organizations, special payment options are available.
head of Vincent van Gogh, modeled after his Self-portrait with Straw
Hat (below left) in the collection of the Detroit Institute Arts,
stands seven feet tall on its pedestal. Naturally, his right ear
is missing, but his left ear has a large enough opening that money can
be dropped into the head. This causes him to respond
with Dutch accented observations
|It is created of pigmented epoxy fiberglass over a steel frame by artist
Unlike the aforementioned $93 million, most of the money this "van Gogh"
shakes loose goes to charity and the art community.
This sculpture is available for rent and was "field tested" in the summer
of 2001 at an art fair in Grosse Pointe, Michigan where it collected
donations of $ 60 dollars a day for a local mental health clinic.
(an interactive brochure recycler)
In 1995, the Wildlife Interpretive Gallery at the Detroit Zoo was looking
for a way to recycle the gallery guides that it hands out to more than
a million people who visit the gallery each year. The artist suggested
a receptacle that would respond with a sound as brochures were deposited
in it "Brochuri"
is the sculpture he created. A four feet high sculpture made of fiberglass
epoxy on a welded steel armature, "Brochuri" is easy to clean and durable
enough to withstand the rugged conditions created by the free ranging human
primates who visit the Gallery's Hummingbird Butterfly Garden . Visitors
marvel at the profusion of flowers and five species of free-flying butterflies.
They search the colorful blooms and sculptural fountain for a glimpse of
one of a half dozen hummingbirds. Finally, the visitors notice the occasional
strange, whooping sound coming from the direction
of the exit. As they approach the gallery exit, they see that the sounds
are triggered by others depositing their brochures into the mouth of the
officious-looking Brochuri Putinhereicus. Visitors are thus encouraged
to relinquish their own brochures, and they readily do so.
By the second year, the sculpture paid for itself in reduced printing costs!
The sculpture has now been in place for several years and has exceeded the hopes that inspired the commission.
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