Bram Stoker Bronze Bust Project
Bram Stoker was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1847 and in the 104 years since his death, he's become the undisputed Godfather of the Vampire in gothic literature, spawning an entire genre' of authors who have written countless books using the image of the sensual, undead Count as a basis for their own work. Stoker's influence cannot be denied as his titular character can be seen in pop culture from games, comic books, toys, clothing...the list is endless. Indeed, "Dracula" is remade as a film endlessly and each new generation discovers it's own iconic and immortal Count as an emblem of darkness to be embraced.
I've been quite privileged to be a part of the crowdfunding community to realize busts of other horror authors to be placed in their hometowns. H.P. Lovecraft at the Providence Athenaeum Library in Rhode Island:
Edgar Allan Poe at the Boston Public Library in Massachusetts......
....and now, with your help, I'd like to place a life size, bronze bust of Bram Stoker in the city of his birth at the Dublin Writers Museum on Bram Stoker's birthday, November 8, 2016.
Joining me on this project is no less than Dacre Stoker, Bram's great-grand nephew who has secured the endorsement of the Bram Stoker Estate which marks the first time the family of such an icon of horror literature has lent their support to such a project.
“ I am very pleased to be a part of the Bram Stoker Bronze Bust Project. The Stoker family would ultimately like to see a statue of Bram displayed in a prominent location in Dublin. A bronze bust is certainly a fitting tribute and this effort by Bryan Moore is to be commended and is worthy of our family's support.”
Supporters of these bust projects include "Game of Thrones" creator George R.R. Martin, Author of "30 Days of Night" Steve Niles, Peter Straub, author of "Ghost Story" and Neil Gaiman, author of Coraline, The Sandman series and American Gods.
Filmmakers Stuart Gordon and Guillermo del Toro have also been incredibly generous in lending their continuous support to placing these busts of horror authors along with thousands of fans across the globe.
Part of the joy of doing these author bust projects is the pleasure of getting to work directly with fellow fans of these titans of horror. Together we placed bronze tributes of Lovecraft and Poe in their hometowns and now, let's do the same for the author of Dracula and bring Bram home.
Dublin Writers Museum 18 Parnell Square Dublin, Ireland
As I previously pledged financial donations of $1000.00 USD each to the local children's literacy programs for the H.P. Lovecraft Bronze Bust Project in Providence and the Edgar Allan Poe Bronze Bust Project in Boston, I'll also be making a donation of $1000.00 USD to a local children's literacy program in the city of Dublin as part of the Bram Stoker Bronze Bust Project once we reach our goal of $16,000.00. Not only do I consider it a privilege to create these busts of iconic horror authors, but to also give something back to the next generation of readers.
Our unveiling date is scheduled for Bram Stoker's birthday, November 8, 2016 at the Dublin Writers Museum. The bust sculpture has already been started and I'll be posting progress shots in the next few weeks. It's imperative that we have the funds once the sculpture is completed to bring it to the bronze foundry to have the casting made and ready to be shipped to Dublin in time for the unveiling.
We hope you'll help us to deliver the bronze bust of Bram Stoker, the black alder support pedestal and the bronze donor plaque that will be affixed to it. We can't do it without YOUR help.
Together we can honor one of Ireland's most
noted authors and the creator of horror literature's most enduring character.....COUNT DRACULA.
LETS BRING BRAM HOME.
We can sure use your help in the last leg of our efforts to pay for the bronze foundry costs to bring Bram home.
Just awaiting the final TM information to be secured so that I can engrave it into the back, then the final solvent brushdown and we're off to the bronze foundry!
A heartfelt thanks to each and every one of you sweet and generous folks who have really believed in this group effort to get a bust of Bram Stoker to Dublin. I know money is tight for a lot of us and donating to a project like this is a bit of a luxury, which is why it means so much that you've all really gone the distance with me. It's taken a lot longer than we thought it would in the beginning, but together we've seen it through and it's in the final leg of the journey.
Can't thank you all enough,
The sculpture of the Bram Stoker bust is now finished! If you've been following the progress on facebook or instagram, you've noted the changes and revisions that go into nailing a likeness in the clay and I think I've finally arrived at calling it done.
The next step is to book an appointment at the bronze foundry for the molding and the casting. I'll follow the patina style of the Lovecraft and Poe busts and go for a nice, rich, dark caramel color with a little tortoise shell pattern as that gives the whole look of the piece a really nice texture and feel.
Next on the list is to fulfill the rewards levels that were promised for the kickstarter donors who came back with their pledge to help see this project through. I have many boxes of books to be signed by the respective authors and will still need to get a few more of the items to send out, so that'll happen once Bram is at the foundry.
Although we don't have an official date scheduled for the unveiling at the Dublin Writers Museum for 2017, we'll let you know here once we do. Since the project did not hit the funding goal (twice) we may simply crate up the bronze casting and ship it out. As mentioned before, I'll personally be making up the needed difference financially to deliver the bronze bust. Wish I could do more to complete the original vision and goals of the project, but that's what my pocketbook allows. It's important to finish and deliver the bust for the people who DID believe in this project enough to make a donation. Again, wish I could have done more, but delivering the completed bust is all that the raised budget allows for the moment.
One of the joys has been working with Dacre and Jenne Stoker of the Bram Stoker Estate on this. Dacre and Jenne have been the cheerleaders behind the scenes the entire time, always providing encouragement, direction and staying the course with me for the journey and I'm eternally grateful to have worked with them.
I hope you all approve of the finished bust sculpture and what we were able to accomplish by working together. While I can sculpt something neat in my workshop to my hearts content, the success and completion of these bust projects is entirely dependent on YOU, the fans. The project took longer than we all anticipated, but together we put our shoulders to the wheel and saw it through with unwavering patience, commitment and a firm belief that what we had undertaken was good, right and worth doing.
I'm proud to have worked with you ALL to bring Bram home.
Much love for the new year,
As you all know, the project team and I did not reach the funding goal but felt that to finish the bust and deliver it to the Dublin Writers Museum was the right thing to do as many of you kind folks did believe in the project enough to donate. Some donated big and some donated small, but it all added up to a sizable sum that's close enough to get the bust cast at the bronze foundry. I'll personally be shoring up the remaining needed finances myself. I wish there was enough to pay for the bronze plaque, bust pedestal and to make the hoped for donation to a children's literacy program in Dublin, but as this is a crowdfunding project the funds just weren't there from the Bram Stoker fanbase.
Regardless, even though this project won't be finished as we originally envisioned, we will be delivering the bronze bust of Bram Stoker to the Dublin Writers Museum early next year along with the Bram Stoker Estate.
Many thanks to all of you for bearing with us and your support helps the team and I to keep our shoulders to the wheel to get this done.
Wishing you all the best for the holidays and we'll see you in Dublin next year! :)