FAQ for the 150 Sails Up in DL Project

Can a person or business sponsor more than one?

Short answer is YES! Long answer is, when it comes to public display locations, we’ll try to work with you on options that will help “spread the joy” so they aren’t necessarily all at the same place. There are many non-profits and iconic DL locations that would be great spots to host a sailboat in 2021. But rest assured, we’ll work with you on a plan for all your sailboats.

Can a person sponsor one for their own personal use? Could it be displayed at their home?

Short answer is yes! Long answer is that it still has to be on public display at least through calendar year 2021. Technically, that could be at your home. But it must be in a place where the public can access it (and take pictures, etc.). That should be considered before making that choice –and maybe check with your neighbors! Otherwise, there are plenty of other locations/non-profits that would be able to “host” your sailboat for public display during 2021, and then you can take it and put it where ever you want after that.

If we want to sponsor a sailboat for a non-profit, how does that work?

We don’t have a list at this time of non-profits requesting sailboats. Our assumption is they’d all love to have one. We suggest you contact non-profit groups that you have a connection or strong feeling for and discuss the possibility. A couple questions to consider if working with a non-profit:

1) Is this a piece for permanent display at their location, or are they just “hosting” it in 2021?

2) Will the artwork on the sailboat be for yourself or artwork tailored to the non-profit

Do all the sculptures have to be displayed outside?

The short answer is no. The long answer is, we do prefer the large sculptures be displayed outside whenever feasible in terms of the location and the artwork medium. If you need to display your sculpture inside, we recommend considering the smaller sailboat, which is designed for indoors. Unless other arrangements are made between the artist and sponsor, small sailboats will be installed on a wooden base and large sailboats on a heavy cement base. Bottom line, we want the sculptures as accessible to the public as possible, so people can tour around and see them all and take pictures, etc. – which is best accomplished outdoors where people can enjoy it outside regular business hours. That being said, we understand there are exceptions to every rule, especially when it comes to art. We will collaborate with you to find an option that works.

When can sponsors see and select the artists’ designs?

As soon as we have a workable number of designs, we’ll share a link to an online “design book” with paid sponsors. We’ll update it and add to it as designs are claimed, and more designs come in. We can’t guarantee when it will first be available, but we hope the artists won’t wait until the deadline to submit their designs. (That’s a hint to you artists reading this!) We do have some time built into the schedule in Nov-Dec after the artist deadline to finalize our “matchmaking” process.

If we already have an artist for our piece, will they still get paid the stipend by the City?

Yes. But all artists need to submit an application, artist agreement and their design form for approval by the 150 Sails Up Committee before getting a sailboat to work on. Even if they didn’t want to get paid, they’d still have to submit all the paperwork and their designs for approval.

Can artists do more than one sailboat?

YES! Artists can submit as many designs as they would like. The more options you offer, the more likely a sponsor will pick yours. If a sponsor selects one of your designs, we’ll contact you to see if you want us to pull your other designs from the book or, if you can complete more than one sailboat by the deadline, we will keep your designs available for another sponsor to select.

Can the sailboats be painted?

If the artist chooses, they can get a sailboat that hasn’t been powder-coated and get it as raw steel. Those are intended for artists who want to weld, cut, or fabricate as they add or subtract metal from the original sculpture. The artist will be responsible for sealing their sculpture post-fabrication, either by clear-coating or painting, or, if they so choose, leaving raw to patina (aka rust).

What is the option for artists to request raw steel vs. powder-coated?

If the artist chooses, they can get a sailboat that hasn’t been powder-coated and get it as raw steel. Those are intended for artists who want to weld, cut, or fabricate as they add or subtract metal from the original sculpture. The artist will be responsible for sealing their sculpture post-fabrication, either by clear-coating or painting, or, if they so choose, leaving raw to patina (aka rust).

How does the vinyl wrap option work? What are the digital image specs? Is it durable?

The vinyl wrap option is great for artwork done in a media that wouldn’t typically work for applying on a sculpture – like photography, pastels, watercolor, graphics. Basically, the artist submits digital images of their work for each of the four “panels” to the sailboat sculpture. It could be four different images or four different sections of the same image.

We will have more specifics for digital imaging as we get closer. Only conceptual designs are due by October 31st. The deadline for final digital images is March 1st. For now, plan for the image to be 300 DPI in jpg format (not vector artwork) which will be a file size of about 10-15 MB, still emailable and a resolution within the capability of most newer cell phones (or if you have access to a scanner, that works too.)
Bottom line, the printer will print what you send them. If you zoom in on your image and it’s blurry or has other issues – so will the print. They will not be correcting or retouching images.

Images will be professionally printed on vinyl and wrapped on the sailboat sculpture, just like the vinyl wrap you see on vehicles or trailers. They are very durable (websites say 6-7 years), but, like all things, we can’t make guarantees. Sunlight and standing water age vinyl, especially on flat horizontal surfaces – which the sailboat does not have. Ultimately, the cost of replacing or redoing a vinyl wrap is not very expensive if the sponsor decided to replace or change it in the future.