Crowdfunding Corner: Lauri Lynnxe Murphy thinks art is for the bees

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Crowdfunding is no longer an interesting anomaly: It's become a part of life in the new economy, and often a reliable way for artists and creatives of all kinds raise money to fund special projects. The latest artist in town to kick off such an effort is Lauri Lynnxe Murphy, an original Westword MasterMind who embarked last year on a fascinating sculptural collaboration with honeybees while in grad school in Ohio.

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Here's how Murphy describes the work on her website:

These works were made by placing delicate wax sculptures into hives full of honeybees for them to pull out into comb.  The original structure remains mostly intact, while the bees often add surprise edits and reconstructions.  The works are then removed from the hive and combined with other materials to make the final sculpture, often materials that reference architecture or have been altered by other insects.

Back home in Denver now, Murphy hopes to get back in the bee business when the weather gets warmer -- and to that end, she launched a modest Crowdtilt campaign that's already "tilted," or reached its initial goal. But now Murphy has fallen into a windfall of 125 hives to use for her project, courtesy of a commercial beekeeper she met over the weekend at Denver Urban Homesteading's Bee Festival.

While this is good, it also gives her resources for a larger-scale project, with actual costs estimated at $1,500. There's still a day left to contribute -- Murphy can use all the help she can get, as she notes on her Crowdtilt page:

Even a tiny donation will help me tackle what is shaping up to be a busy summer of bee collaborations.  However, if you're able to fund a larger amount, all donations over $250 will receive a small bee sculpture in the mail by the end of the summer!  (Look at it like pre-purchasing a surprise work of art at a greatly reduced price!)


Sounds like a deal to us.

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