2020 – Dog Thread Tribute


Dog Thread Tribute


An homage to the longest running joke at Flipside. A wire frame sculpture of a dog, wrapped in different colors of thread, sporting an emotional support animal vest, sitting atop a giant spool of thread, the colored thread continuing down along the spool, around the rim of the spool, the words “I’m sorry”, “It was late” “I was tired” are carved, the bottom rim has the saying “I just wanted to protect you” and “I was an angel”.

In the center of the spool, there is a viewing window, a hand crank on the side of the spool rolls through a ream of paper with printed out comments from the dog thread. This is a simple analog way to represent the thread, the other option would be to go with a rolling LED display that scrolls the thread in its entirety over and over, as a stream of consciousness to randomly come across. preferably wrapped around the center of the spool with waterproof covering.

Will it need power?


If it will need power, what is your power plan?

Lights would be a nice addition, the intent is to be fully battery powered and self contained for this one.

Does the piece incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is it climbable?


If it does incorporate flame effects, moveable pieces, and/or is climbable what is your safety plan? [(Note: if flame effects are used, your project will be subject to inspection by the Burnable Art Lead, who has final say if your project will burn during the event).]

no sharp edges, the crank would be circular, no levers sticking out, the wire edges cut down on the sculpture, aluminum wiring used for the dog sculpture. if lights are used in the sculpture, they will be low power leds with little risk of fire.

Have you completed any other large scale art projects? (In this media? Where and when? How did the project go? Do you have pictures or recordings?)

I have done a few smaller scale projects for Flipside in years past. I built a unicorn head that projectile vomited cream corn when you pulled its horn, it was at Camp Camp in 17, before that, I designed all the Linger Links flyers for strange creatures found at Flipside.

I come from a background in theatre, carpentry, sculpting. I am a VFX artist by trade and this will be my first art sculpture for Flipside.

How much money do you need? (Up to $575) We are looking for a thorough itemized budget and the amount of grant money you are requesting.Please include a reasonably researched estimate of the cost of the materials you expect to need.

I believe this project could be done with many recycled and/or donated materials, the biggest costs would be for printing on reams of paper the aluminum wire and thread. The cost could be offset by asking for thread donations from the community.

I would estimate a budget between $300 to $400, substantially less if there is community outreach on materials. $400 being on the higher end if the idea is developed with electronics vs analog. Anything left over goes back to the grant fund.

If you want to upload something for the budget you can do that here:

What is your timeline detailing the planning, creation, installment, and removal of your project?

March: Planning/CAD and material collections,
April: Construction/build
May: Debut at Flipside, with installment with help from Camp Camp and Psyche
Removal at the end of Flipside. I haven’t decided if it should burn or be added to each year with an updated thread…

Optional but encouraged: detailed drawings, CAD files/SketchUp documents, sketches, or other graphic illustrations of your creative concept.

We would like the artists to give community workshops outside of Flipside. Do you think you have a workshop idea that could be provided to the community? If so, please tell us what it is.

I’m working on a cymatics art project, I’d love to see a workshop on resonance frequencies and self organizing cymatic and chladhi patterns.

By applying for this grant you agree that if given the funds you plan to:

Work to compete your project by Flipside, Save and provide receipts of materials greater than or equal to grant amount by 07/25/20. If you do not provide this information you be disqualified from receiving a grant in the future., Complete a follow up report so we can learn

You may upload photos/recording of past projects here *You must have a Google account to do so.

We will be having the 2021 Ignition Philter fundraiser after the fall town hall (usually held in late September/ early October.) Would you be willing to bring the piece back for that event?


Have you received funding from any other entity or regional for this piece previously? If so, who and how much?