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I am writing to you today with a quacktastic update concerning the Long Boi memorial you have so kindly contributed to.
Over the past few months, we launched an open call to artists to submit proposals for design and installation of the memorial. The quality, originality and incredible Löngthiness of the proposals have been much appreciated and I would therefore like to thank all artists would took the time and energy to apply.
It was not easy deciding between the strong submissions we received, but I am happy to announce that a winner has been selected.
I can now confirm that we have chosen to commission the work from wildlife sculptor Neil R. Mason (neilrmason.com). Neil will be working to produce a bronze, life-sized statue of Long Boi to be installed on a plinth on campus (location TBC) in the new year.
I would like to thank all of you for your patience whilst we worked through the open call. I cannot thank you enough for making this project possible.
The memorial to His Royal Löngthness will be with us very soon - he may be long, but he will not be forgotten.
I would like to personally thank you for your commitment to the Long Boi memorial. Together, we've really gone above and beyond the initial £2,000 goal and I'm sure we'll be able to get Long Boi a decent statue with the funds collected so that the sight of His Royal Löngthness can be enjoyed by all for a very long time.
We will be working on an open call-out to artists and deciding on the best statue for us to go with in the next few weeks. Building a statue takes quite a bit of effort, but I'm determined to see it up on campus as soon as possible.
In the meantime though, I will be processing all of your rewards and they will be with you shortly!
Thank you once again for your support. Long Boi would be proud.
We have now surpassed £3,000 raised for our Long Boi memorial!!
I want to say a personal thank you to each and every one of you who have contributed to the success of the fundraiser, no matter how big or how small your donation. This crowdfund would not have been a success without you.
Thanks to you, the fundraiser has attracted national attention! Keen observers will have seen it appear on television, in the press (BBC, York Press and Metro) and on television. This will no doubt give our fundraiser the boost it needs.
We still need your help though! There's still a long way to go (pardon the pun). The more money we raise, the better the quality of the statue we can obtain. After all, I think we can all agree that His Royal Löngthness deserves the very best.
So please, whatever you can do, whether it's sharing the fundraiser on social media, or asking fellow Boi stans to donate, every little bit helps!
Long Live Long Boi.