Deadline for sculpture funds

Keighley News: Haworth sculptor, Craig Dyson, who is appealing for funding to create a Tour-themed sculpture Haworth sculptor, Craig Dyson, who is appealing for funding to create a Tour-themed sculpture

Haworth sculptor Craig Dyson has unveiled detailed costings for his planned Tour de France globe.

He wants to ensure potential funders know the true financial nature of his plans before parting with cash.

Craig has also announced he raised just £2,500 towards the cost of the £14,500 project by the halfway mark of his month-long fundraising campaign. He says he can only go ahead with the ambitious project if he has raised the entire amount by April 10.

Craig plans to weld 10,000 two-pence pieces into a two-metre diameter sphere containing a figure representing ‘truth over adversity’.

He has asked for cash sponsorship through the website kickstarter.com, and donations of 2ps to his Railside Studios workshop in Belle Isle Road, Haworth.

Craig said public support had been fantastic, but people were not aware of how it was being funded.

He added: “This has no financial benefit for me. Every penny is put into the sculpture project.

“I’m concerned I will not be able to create this piece if the community doesn’t back it.”

Construction costs include £4,000 for a bronze human figure, £1,150 for a steel skeleton to support the 2ps and £200 for interior lighting. The Kickstarter website will take £1,450 – ten per cent of his fundraising total – while £1,500 will go on employment costs. Craig has set aside £2,000 in his budget for what he describes as “rewards for backers”. Other costs include £900 for a launch event, £500 for legal fees, £1,180 for installation costs and £880 for consumables.

People who donate at least £500 will become VIP guests at the unveiling event. They will also be able to drop into his studio to watch him build the sculpture, and their names will be engraved on a plaque alongside the finished product.

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