Week 2: Harley-Davidson Eagle


Week 2 - Harley-Davison Motor Company Debbie Curtin 20170710_harley_eagle2.jpg

The ‘go to’ person of the company and I agreed to meet at the dealership to try to put a plan in motion on this joint project. I brought prints and pictures of various motorcycles, artistic images, and a photograph of the original owners, the Harley shield, and Harley Owners Group (HOG) logo. All of these images were conveyed to me by others as to what should be on the eagle. But most of what I brought was nixed. That was okay since it was a way to finally start to see the common denominator and understand what my role would be. I suggested a vest be put on the bird which he highly agreed to. We talked more of color choices, especially of the actual bird. When we parted I left with two kid’s vests, several leather collars with spikes and metal bling, and the United We Roll emblem.

This week was spent choosing specifically what I thought we had discussed at the dealership. ( I’ll refer to my contact person as Mr. T). I deliberately did not do any renderings in color since I had my doubts about the way this seemed to be progressing and didn’t want to waste more time. I carefully chose the images that we had agreed upon, enlarged each one to show them in the proper size ratio as they would appear on the actual bird and the base. These were the ideas I would show Mr. T when we met again. I only used a black marker to draw it all out. It took quite a bit of time just getting this part done.

I had hoped that these ideas would meet with his approval. It did occur to me at one point that this whole thing was turning out to be a marketing tool for the company but one that only he had input over. Then I was surprised to learn that this eagle would be making a cross-country trip with more than a few stops along the way. Mr. T had informed me that the final destination would be to the Milwaukee plant and main headquarters of the company. It would be signed by Willie G. Davidson, grandson of one of the founders who continues as the brand Ambassador and in Special Design Projects as Chief Styling Officer Emeritus.

I hoped that in the end, it would be worthy of the trip (minus any bumps, bruises, chips or other calamities). It would be arriving back to New Hampshire in time for the auction in December.

To read the first week of the new Eagle project, read The Eagle has Landed – Again!

The Eagles for this project were manufactured by Icon Poly, a family owned company based in central Nebraska. Icon Poly started as a hobby of sculpting, sculpture point-up, and making fiberglass animals and sculptures by hand. In 1999, the company formed and began computerized sculpting, 3-D foam milling, laser digital sculpture enlargement, and a manufacturing process that accurately duplicates the likeness of sports and corporate mascots, make sophisticated trade show displays, and make multiple 3-D copies of a single design of paintable fiberglass sculptures for community art projects. With customer service and client satisfaction as top priorities, the company can bring even the simplest sketch or idea to reality using state of the art technology and the highest quality, environmentally friendly materials available. For more about Icon Poly, visit their website or follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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