Momentum builds for monument
One year ago the Londonderry Arts and Historical Society launched a campaign to install the 16 feet tall by 30 feet wide structure to be crafted by sculptor Jason Dreweck. While still in its infancy, the project has accrued $55,000 with the launch of a promotional video, sale of shirts and maquettes -- miniature sculptures identical to the anticipated monument.
"This monument will be a tremendous asset to the state of Vermont, the worldwide snowboarding community, a beacon of the entrepreneurial spirit and will carry all of the benefits achieved through public art," Dreweck said.
The maquettes are expected to fund the monument and will each be sold at $14,200. They stand about 16 inches high, 30 inches wide and 9 inches deep and they're signed by Dreweck, Jake Burton Carpenter, founder of Burton Snowboards, and snowboarding gold medalist Ross Powers. The purchaser will also have their name inscribed on the plaque of the monument in Londonderry.
The maquettes are limited edition, only 111 pieces will be cast and signed, and the mold will be broken once sold out. Three have been sold so far.
Since the project's inception, one feature of the monument changed. Dreweck said Carpenter would rather have the snowboarder perform the `method' movement than the half back flip because it appeals to the core rider, and is more impactful.
"Throughout the creative process I was honored to consult with Powers as he critiqued each figure in the sequence to make sure the sculpture captured the soulful style of the 'method,'" Dreweck said.
Mimi Wright, Londonderry resident and one of Carpenter's first three employees, said she sees the same determination in Dreweck with the monument that she did with Carpenter when he began his business.
"Nobody believed that Jake could make anything of his dream of making the snowboard, and I see Jason as very much the same way," Wright said. "He's driven and has the desire to do it. There are so many snowboarders who are really excited about this."
A project video, roughly four minutes long, was released in August to promote the monument and Burton's story about inventing the snowboard.
"It's reminiscent of snowboardings roots. In 1977 to 1978 Jake Burton was driven to create awareness and sell snowboards," Dreweck said. "Now that we have recently completed our project video we are focused on gaining exposure There are so many amazing snowboarders from Southern Vermont: Kelly Clark, Kevin Pearce, Forest Bailey.. we're looking forward to making them aware of our efforts as well."
Wright said it's still unknown when the sculpture will be installed, because initially she thought one year would be enough time to raise money and build. "We have a long way to go but it's pretty exciting."
"For 30 years the US Open of Snowboarding was held in the State of Vermont, 27 of those years were at Stratton Mountain," Dreweck said. "It has recently moved to Vail, Colo. It's time that we make the world aware of the impact Vermont has had on history and continues to have on the future of snowboarding."
To view the project video, purchase a maquette or to learn more about the monument visit snowboardnationalmonument.com.
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