Lovers for Cyrus Tilton

For: Cyrus Tilton
Oakland, CA
Organizer: Vessel Gallery
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The Story

Many have come to know Cyrus Tilton’s fascinating, superbly crafted sculpture and drawings through Vessel Gallery. Cyrus was recently diagnosed with stage-four esophageal cancer.  If Cyrus' work has left an impression, inspired you to connect, or made you ponder ideas about beauty and mystery – here’s a chance to thank him for enriching your life, and ensure the legacy of his artwork.

The Lovers for Cyrus Tilton campaign is reaching out to all who love and value the power of visual arts, and who appreciate Tilton’s work and its thematic values connecting humanity to the environment, to join in philanthropic support. 

Collectors, art enthusiasts, and community members have frequently expressed the wish that Lovers find a permanent home. We have done just this!We are excited to announce The Crocker Art Museum has warmly accepted Cyrus Tilton's LOVERS into their permanent collection. The Crocker will unveil the work with a solo exhibition of Tilton's The Cycle scheduled August-November 2018!

We’re asking for your help in completing this dream come true. Please consider gifting a donation / pledge towards completing the purchase of Lovers so that the Crocker Art Museum can exhibit, share, and loan it, and it may be pondered and enjoyed for years to come. 

In 2012, The Cycle filled all of Vessel Gallery with a series of works inspired by the life cycle and behavior of insects that, when looked at through the lens Tilton created, came to seem all too human. We peered into Potentials, a series of wall-mounted sculptures that rendered chunks of earth in cross-section, revealing nested clusters of locust eggs. We walked through a swarm of hundreds of carefully fashioned Individuals, a stunning, immersive, kinetic and sonic installation. Finally, we stepped gingerly around the awesome Lovers, a pair of human-scale mating locusts. Lovers has since been installed in several locations and seen in multiple exhibitions. Those who saw it were mesmerized by The Cycle, especially Lovers.

Will you help? If your connection is personal, please join us, share, and tell others. If you have a professional connection, we ask your support thru aligning industries, corporations, and institutions to support the Lovers for Cyrus Tilton campaign.  Contact us with your support. And be sure to come by Vessel before January 26, 2017, to see Lovers—they’re still getting it on.

Please contribute towards the placement of Lovers into the Crocker Art Museum's permanent collection, by making a gift of donation here. Gifts of of all sizes are deeply appreciated and will collectively contribute to this immeasurable heartfelt and meaningful placement. Alternately, checks may be made out to Vessel Gallery, with memo "Lovers for Cyrus Tilton" and mailed to Vessel Gallery, 471 25th Street, Oakland, CA 94612

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Fundraiser Updates

Posted on February 14, 2017

Posted on February 14, 2017

#ShowYouCare by donating to this #YouCaring project of completing the The Crocker Art Museum gift of Lovers, a most magnificent #sculpture by artist Cyrus Tilton. See Lovers on exhibit this Valentine's month at Vessel Gallery. 471 25th Street,Oakland, Ca

Posted on January 31, 2017

Posted on January 31, 2017

In The Cycle, the locust serves a cautionary metaphor, and Tilton likens the insect to self-sabotaging consumers whose ultimate end will come once their resources are depleted or a massive natural disaster resets the cycle. “I see many sociobiological similarities between humans and certain species of insects,” he says. “For example, we have figured out ways to cheaply and efficiently produce sugars (in the literal and metaphorical sense) for the public’s mass consumption. We have eagerly refined ways of communicating to others in our community with minimal effort and maximum output. As our population grows our living situations take on similarities to that of a hive or colony. Our consumption habits are exponentially ceaseless and unrelenting.”

In the end, however, Tilton created The Cycle with a sense of hope—the hope of changing course. In this too, he finds answers in the insect world, notably those that have evolved to work together for the common good, using only the resources necessary for the survival of the species.

Please help ensure this artist's message of environmental conservation is shared with the public through museum exhibition. You can help by contributing to the completion of the gift of Lovers to The Crocker Art Museum's permanent collection by making a tax-deductible gift.  Thanks for your support and consideration.

Posted on December 25, 2016

Posted on December 25, 2016

ANNOUNCEMENT We are excited to announce The Crocker Art Museumhas warmly accepted Cyrus Tilton's LOVERS into their permanent collection. The Crocker will unveil the work with a solo exhibition of The Cycle scheduled August-November 2018!

Please consider a gift this season by donating / pledging to complete this dream come true!

Your Gift of Donation will receive the following:

$50+ The Cycle Catalogue

$150-499 One Locust (Limited Edition From Individuals)

$250 - 499 Choice of One Hardbound Book (Cyrus Tilton 2008-2010 or 2011 - 2013)

$500-2499 Choice of One Book (Cyrus Tilton 2008-2010 or 2011-2013) and Signed Locust

$2500-4999 Two Autographed Cyrus Tilton Hardcover Books and Donor Nameplate Credit

$5000+ The Cycle Package (includes Catalogue, Signed and Made by Cyrus Tilton Locust,
Two Autographed Cyrus Tilton Books and Donor Nameplate Credit )

*** Donation gifts are available to be picked up at Vessel Gallery. Note if shipping is needed, we will be in touch to collect shipping details. Phone 510 893-8800 or email with arrangements regarding gifts / pledges, or regarding pick-up, or delivery.

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