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Make Lionel Bigger

Fund a hilarious larger than life tribute to Lionel Richie

by Perrin Drumm in Culture on 25 July 2012

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Judging from their cheeky Kickstarter video, the Barcelona-based creative studio Hungry Castle has a major thing for Flock of Seagulls hairdos, Tom Selleck mustaches, bright pants, popped-collar denim, plastic grandma glasses and general vamping for the camera. Such inclinations make them perfect contenders for winning the costume prize at an '80s-themed dance party or, in this case, creating a gigantic sculpture of Lionel Richie's head. With mere hours to go before their Kickstarter campaign comes to a close this Saturday, 28 July, Hungry Castle still needs your support to properly pay tribute to the soulful balladeer on the 30th anniversary of his solo career.

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Inspired by Richie's 1984 hit love song, "Hello," Hungry Castle's Dave Glass and Killian Cooper developed plans for a larger than life, laser-cut wooden sculpture equipped with an oversized spinning record and a telephone that visitors can pick up and use to say hello to Richie—who will, of course, croon back. Glass and Cooper are asking for $30,000 to design and build the 10-foot-high sculpture and massive LP and ship it to Richie's hometown of Tuskegee, AL, where they will (hopefully) be allowed to install it as public art. Given Richie's own $100 contribution and personal support of the project, the odds are in their favor.

If you pledge now at the $35 or $100 level, you'll receive a limited edition Lionel Vinyl face or full head in cherry oak veneer. For $1,000 you'll get the same plus a gold record and your name engraved on the statue itself. Visit the Kickstarter page to make it happen.

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