|"I am profoundly enchanted by the flowing complexity in you." |
To clarify: In all likelihood, the sculpture will not talk back to you. I mean, it might. If it’s, like, possessed or something. If it does start talking back to you, that’s either really, really cool, or a sign that you need to get the heck out of there and contact your friendly neighborhood exorcist.
ANYway…Gray has started a fundraising page for the project and aims to raise £30,000 by September 2016 to cast the sculpture in bronze and install it. If you can spare a buck or two, send it his way via his Share A Gift account. Anything helps! We’ve got a year, so that’s plenty of time to raise the money for Keats to sit on his little bench and stare at people intensely and possibly make them uncomfortable doing so.
You can read about the effort behind the artwork and watch an interview with Gray here.
In case it wasn’t already blatantly, painfully, obnoxiously obvious, John Keats is my favorite poet and one of my favorite people in the history of ever, so I’m super stoked for this. Plus, it’s another victory for a guy who got a bum deal in life but still made the best of it with his spectacular ability to instill people with massive feels.
On a related note, I haven’t see anyone installing any new sculptures of Byron lately, so take THAT, Byron. YEAH. THAT’S RIGHT. WHERE’S YOUR CHICHESTER STATUE, YOU POMPOUS
TALENTED OKAY YES I ADMIT IT PRICK?
………Behold. My feud with a 200-year-old dead guy continues