The Mathews Elementary Time Capsule Project Officially Kicks off, Calls on Internet and Art Lovers Everywhere for Support
Communities Rally Behind Kickstarter Project to Build a 100-Year Time Capsule and Bronze Statue of ‘Mazilla’
AUSTIN, TX February 6, 2017 — Today, the Mathews Elementary Time Capsule Project officially launched on Kickstarter, kicking off a 30-day grassroots fundraising initiative to build a century-long time capsule marked by a three-foot-tall bronze statue of ‘Mazilla’, the school’s unofficial mascot. The statue will stand proudly on the front lawn of Mathews Elementary, a historic school in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas. To back the project, p lease donate on the Kickstarter page here.
The time capsule is designed to be an internationally celebrated and locally loved public art project inspired by the weird and creative culture of Mathews Elementary and Austin, Texas. The project was the brainchild of a committee of Mathews elementary school parents and students who designed the project to commemorate the school’s centennial anniversary. The project is trying to raise $12,000 to entirely fund the capsule.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the next hundred years of this historic school than by building a time capsule marked by a student-sized bronze statue of the school’s beloved mascot,” said Sara Belknap, director of the project committee. “Mathews Elementary has always been a great supporter of the arts and Austin has always embraced crazy and weird ideas. When our students grabbed onto this idea, we absolutely had to do everything in our power to make it happen. We’re calling on the Kickstarter community everywhere to help us make it a reality.”
The project pushes artistic boundaries, with the inclusion of a time capsule deep in the heart of a concrete chamber below a statue resembling a Godzilla-like creature. The sealable steel vault will contain six capsules, along with clear instructions and dates directing when they should be opened. Twenty-year time capsules will be catalogued, celebrated, and refilled every twenty years, while one one-hundred-year time capsule case will remain in the steel chamber until the 2116-2117 school year.
Great care has been taken with the placement of the project to maximize the popularity of the work, the safety of the children, the roots of trees and other biomass, and of course the capsules’ contents over the 100-year timespan. Ten thousand dollars has already been generously donated by the Old West Austin Neighborhood Association to cover the cost of the architecturally-designed concrete and steel base, the watertight, airtight, dustproof, chemical-resistant and corrosion-resistant boxes required for the preservation of historical documents and artifacts, and the cast bronze commemorative plaques. The remaining funds are being raised for the statue and its installation.
The project is being let by a committee of parents, artists, student alumni and community members. It is spearheaded by Sara Belknap, Mathews Elementary’s former art teacher, and BJ Heinley , a professional designer, strategist, creative director, and entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience. Project rewards have come from a variety of community members with Mathews ties, including parent alum, Monte Warden, neighbor Jody Denberg, and parent-authors of the Tacos of Texas, Mando Rayo and Jarod Neece, and other weirdly hip neighbors and alumni.
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About The Mathews Mazilla Time Capsule Project
The Mathews Mazilla Time Capsule Kickstarter project officially launched, kicking off a 30-day grassroots fundraising initiative to build a century-long time capule marked by a three-foot-tall bronze statue of ‘Mazilla’ on the front lawn of Mathews Elementary, a beloved school in the heart of downtown Austin, Texas. To learn more about project, or to back it, please visit on the Kickstarter page here.
About Mathews Elementary
Mathews Elementary is an award-winning, elementary school with an outstanding staff and a diverse student body. Serving students in pre-kindergarten through sixth grade, the school’s mission is to educate children with positive attitudes, academic foundations, and a lifelong love of learning. School events and traditions include learning celebrations, a science fair, an international festival celebrating diversity, visiting authors, and family curriculum Nights. Mathews has a strong emphasis on multiculturalism, with a multilingual central library, including libraries in every classroom and bilingual programs in Spanish and Korean. To learn more about Mathews, please visit Mathews 360.