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Bill Hicks Memorial Statue

Bill Hicks Memorial Statue
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BILL HICKS is revered throughout the world as many things – legend, truthsayer, shaman, philosopher, and many more.  Bill was a rare breed of human; A guy that comes along once in a lifetime to challenge us to be better. He made you think, he kept you on the edge of your seat, and he was completely fearless. He’s one of the few comedians that is still relevant almost 20 years after being taken from the world too soon, and his legacy grows every day. Yet, there does not stand a single monument in the world to him.  Bill began his comedy career in Houston at the now defunct Comedy Workshop on San Felipe and Shepherd. A statue to permanently pay homage to him in the city where he began his journey would solidify his legacy.  This statue would serve as a symbol to remember the past and everything Bill gave us, but also as a reminder for the future generations to seek knowledge around every corner.

Houston sculptor DAVID ADICKES has agreed to build the statue of Bill.  If you’ve ever seen his work, you know he is the best man for the job and that the statue will be nothing short of amazing.  A Houston legend sculpting a Houston legend – It doesn’t get better than that. The family and estate of Bill Hicks has given their blessing to this project and will be on hand at the statue’s unveiling.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN. You can directly support the building and placement of the statue to honor a hometown hero by clicking the PayPal link below and donating money to the cause.

The costs for creating, placing, and maintaining such a monument are staggering. Costs also include a nationwide PR campaign and location fees. We estimate this total to be about $70,000 yet any funds which exceed cost will be donated to Bill Hicks Foundation for Wildlife.

Free Press Houston is going to start this project off with an initial donation of $10,000.BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP.

For the most generous donors ($5,000 or more), we have something special for you–YOUR NAME WILL BE PERMANENTLY INSCRIBED on the statue thanking you for making it a reality.

For donations of $1000 or more, YOU WILL BE HONORED AT A PRIVATE THANK YOU DINNER AND PARTY the evening preceding unveiling. This party will have very special guest performers.

People who donate $200 or more will receive hand signed and numbered, LIMITED-EDITION SILK SCREENED ART PRINTS OF THE ‘REMEMBER ME?’ POSTER BY  WORLD RENOWNED POSTER ARTIST JERMAINE ROGERS.

But really, anything helps, and if you aren’t able to donate money, a simple share on your social networks spreads the word about this project to more people and helps immensely.  Please pass this along to everyone you know and encourage them to support in any way they can.

We have our own ideas about where this statue should be placed – a public historical place where fans can pay homage, but also where people who Bill is unknown to can discover him for the first time.  Because you’re the ones who are going to make this dream a reality in the end, we’d like to have your opinions on where this statue should go as well.

DONATE NOW!

11 Responses to Bill Hicks Memorial Statue

  1. Christian August 6, 2012 at 10:58 am

    I would also like to know if there is something tracking the donations. I’m curious to see how much has been raised thus far. I donated and sent e-mails to every Hicks fan I know.

  2. Travis August 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

    I was as excited as a kid on christmas morning when I read that someone is building a statue to honor Bill Hicks, but felt like I received a lump of coal when I read that David Adickes is the one who received the commission. He is a name in this city to be sure, but his art is pedestrian at best. He used to pay a dear friend of mine (classically trained Russian artist) to paint his artwork, and never even acknowledged it. He\’s a talented, overrated, self-promoting hack. Not unheard of in the art world, I know. Find another artist, and you\’ll get my donation.

  3. Travis August 3, 2012 at 11:51 am

    I was as excited as a kid on christmas morning when I read that someone is building a statue to honor Bill Hicks, but felt like I received a lump of coal when I read that David Adickes is the one who received the commission. He is a name in this city to be sure, but his art is pedestrian at best. He used to pay a dear friend of mine (classically trained Russian artist) to paint his artwork, and never even acknowledged it. He’s a talented, overrated, self-promoting hack. Not unheard of in the art world, I know. Find another artist, and you’ll get my donation.

  4. Wil August 2, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Let’s get this done. 350 people buy $200 posters and we’re there. I don’t know where it should go or what it should look like – I’d defer to artists and the folks budgeting this thing – but this should happen.

    “Today, a young man on acid realized that all matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration – that we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively. There’s no such thing as death, life is only a dream, and we’re the imagination of ourselves. Here’s Tom with the weather.”

  5. Chris August 2, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Brews, just google “Bill Hicks Houston” to see how connected he was to this city.

  6. admin August 2, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Know what, Brew is right. But I am afraid we are too late, cancer has won. To think that humanity was just one $10,000 bux away from curing cancer but FPH went and ruined it all. This Brew person is fucking brilliant!

  7. RamonLP4 August 2, 2012 at 4:30 pm

    Brews,

    Lightnening Hopkins wasn’t born in Houston either but he is largely associated with our city. The same goes for Hicks who wasn’t born here but he was part of the Texas Outlaw Comics and developed his craft with them and at the Comedy Workshop in Houston in the 1980s.

    Also, I should add that I met Hicks and I never once got the impression he was dismissive or looked down on Houston.

  8. Kyle Colby Jones August 2, 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Sell t-shirts with that poster image. Use the proceeds for the statue.

    Please.

    Live, evolve and get off this planet.

    -KCJ

  9. Brews August 2, 2012 at 3:09 pm

    hmm..

    10 grand would help cancer research alot more than a statue of a comedian in a town that he wasn’t born in, never mentioned, and for the most part- didn’t care about.

    bill hicks was a great comic, but this is just silly.

  10. Gabby Z August 2, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Hi there! Is there a website tracking the donations? I’d like to see where my donation went and how close to the goal we are. Thanks!!

  11. Jeff August 2, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    Fantastic! Hope this becomes a reality real soon.

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