And so it begins.

 Photo by Sarah Bloom

Photo by Sarah Bloom

Before the Kickstarter campaign ended, we sent out three heads just to get things moving; one to Iceland, one to Japan, and one to Philadelphia, PA, here in the United States. All the heads arrived safely but the only new content, thus far, has come from Sarah Bloom in Pennsylvania.

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Why Kickstarter?

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The Kickstarter campaign is live and something recently occurred to me.  It may not be clear why I'm running a fundraiser for my project.  I mean, the website is finished, the asset tracking technology is in place, and I've got the first few participants lined up. Can't I just relaunch the project now with the few heads I've got?  The quick and easy answer is, yup.  But I did that once, and it didn't go so well.

When I started the project in 2002, I had one mannequin head and an idea.  I didn't know what to expect. I didn't know more than four hundred people would register to participate in the first six months; the waiting list would continue to grow.  Seriously, a lot of people wanted to get a mannequin head in the the mail.  Most of them would never get a chance.  There were simply not enough heads to go around.  In the end, 40 people, from 9 countries, participated, contributing more than 1,500 photos.

But, I had a bigger vision.

I envisioned an army of trackable heads, free-ranging the globe, from person to person, encounter to encounter. No waiting lists. No time limits.  I've done most of the leg work.  I'm ready to launch.  I just need more heads.  This is where Kickstarter comes in.

The money I raise on Kickstarter will be used to buy additional heads and, generally, make the project cooler.  I promise I won't buy beer with it.

Kickstarter doesn't just give me money, however.  They call it fund-RAISING for a reason.  That's right, you guessed it.  There's a pitch coming.

I need your help. Check out our Kickstarter campaign and pledge your support.  Without it, I'm just a guy with a mannequin head obsession and that's just weird.  For now, tell everyone you know about the project; especially your artsy friends!  Email them. Text them. Share on social media.