We know George A. Romero as the father of the modern zombie movie, starting with Night of the Living Dead in 1968, and cementing his patriarchy a decade later with Dawn of the Dead. In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, though, he’s also known as the father of the city’s bustling film industry, with both films having been shot nearby. Now, at least one talented sculptor thinks the director should be immortalized at one of the very place where Romero's zombies slowly walked into our consumer culture.
Artist Christian Stavrakis’ aptly titled Indiegogo funding project, Monroeville or Bust! has been established for the singular goal of raising $18,000 to create and produce a bronze bust of Rombero’s head, to be erected in a place of honor at the doors of the mall that helped make it all possible 40 years ago this year: the Monroeville Mall.
Why the Monroeville Mall? Well, according to the campaign, “If you have to ask...you didn't know George.” Not only was it the place where Dawn of the Dead began shooting in 1978, but it remains emblematic of the consumer criticism that Romero was attacking in the first place.
As such, Stavrakis has sculpted Romero as he appeared on Press Night in January, 1978, with a grin on his face. And the artist invites you to “imagine George's glee at being honored exactly where, 40 years ago, he staged a pie fight.”
If you’re worried about giving your money away to some other consumerist just trying to make a buck, who may not understand Romero’s importance, that shouldn’t be a problem here. Stavrakis is obviously a fan, and cites Romero as his inspiration for entering the creative community in the first place, not just as a sculptor, but as the Chief Creative Officer of Cryptic Pictures, an indie film production and distribution company based in Pittsburgh and Maryland. There’s definitely love in this campaign.
But there isn’t a whole heck of a lot of time, seeing as Stavrakis wants to unveil the bust at the Living Dead Weekend festival June 8-10. So the 30-day campaign will end June 6, which also happens to be Stavrakis’ 47th birthday, should you care to send a card. However, he’d probably rather have you contribute to the project, seeing as it’s only reached 12 percent of the campaign’s flexible goal. Do it for the love of George, to right the wrongs of waiting so long for his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, or because you just really want a 1/3 scale Romero bust for yourself!
(via Bloody Disgusting)