The Diablo Fairy Lantern portion in the tile-mosaic beautification of San Francisco's 16th Avenue steps will honor the LGBT community.
Too much of any city is drab, gray concrete. Will you help us turn San Francisco's dark, damp, and slightly scary 16th Avenue steps into a vibrantly colorful Hidden Garden tile mosaic?
The design is by the same artists who transformed San Francisco's Moraga Street steps into the magnificent mosaic seen here. (That page says 16th Avenue steps but really it's on Moraga Street between 16th & 15th Avenues.)
A broader group of people is raising money for the Hidden Garden steps as a whole. This Kickstarter project is raising funds specifically to sponsor one element in the design -- the Diablo Fairy Lantern flower -- and to recognize the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) residents of the Sunset District who live near both sets of steps..
Why LGBTs? The Sunset has a reputation for being one of the city's most conservative, straight districts, but LGBT people have always lived here too. We want to give back to the community by supporting this gorgeous project, and we will place one tile near the Diablo Fairy Lantern with the name of our social group, Out in the Fog.
Why the Fairy Lantern? (I don't really have to explain that, do I?) Because it's beautiful. Here's what the Fairy Lantern looks like in the design, and here's what it looks like in real life. Like I said -- gorgeous.
If you are LGBT, or you have a friend or family member who is, or even if you've just felt sometimes like you don't really fit in with your surroundings, donate to the Diablo Fairy Lantern to let others who are like you know that even if they're in the minority, they are not alone.
The Hidden Garden steps will only get transformed into a thing of beauty if people raise funds for the design elements or sponsor individual tiles. Anything you donate will help us reach our goal. The first 20 people who pledge $150 or more can add their names or words to a tile. (See limits on lettering in the Rewards list.) You will not be charged unless we meet our funding goal. Any funds we raise beyond the goal for the Diablo Fairy Lantern will be donated to the Hidden Garden steps project to help meet its much larger overall funding target.
Thanks for any help you can provide, and please spread the word.
Walk in beauty. Be beautiful.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $5,500 goal
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Mar 17, 2011 - May 23, 2011
Pledge $1 or more
DROPLET LEVEL: Get updates on the project, an invitation to an Out in the Fog social event, and a digital photo of the Diablo Fairy Lantern when it's finished.
Pledge $5 or more
11 backers Limited (39 of 50 left)
MIST LEVEL: All of the above, plus Sherry's lists of 5 favorite unusual things to do in the Sunset and 5 favorite ways to stay warm in the fog.
Pledge $14 or more
SEED LEVEL: All of the above, plus Sherry's favorite drink recipe for cool, foggy nights and an invitation to tour the Moraga Steps and Grandview Park with her in the daytime.
Pledge $29 or more
2 backers Limited (98 of 100 left)
SPROUT LEVEL: All of the above, plus an original limerick or haiku with your name in it and an invitation to tour the finished Hidden Garden steps.
Pledge $49 or more
NATURE LOVER: All of the above, plus an invitation to tea, drinks and snacks with special guests such as the Hidden Garden artists and/or a naturalist who can describe how the steps' new plantings will help the endangered Green Hairstreak Butterfly. :-)
Pledge $99 or more
ART LOVER: All of the above, plus a short story including you (or your secret code-name) and the Hidden Garden steps in the story.
Pledge $150 or more
12 backers Limited (18 of 30 left)
ART PATRON: All of the above, plus a name or words (up to 20 characters/spaces) on one of the tiles. Limited to the first 20 people donating $150 or more. Others will receive a printed photo of the steps or a baby aloe in a pot (mailed to U.S. only).
Pledge $350 or more
1 backer Limited (9 of 10 left)
FOG BANK: All of the above (with up to 28 characters/spaces on the tile. Tiles limited to first 20 people donating $150 or more). Plus a 2-hour guided tour of the Sunset's Hidden Gay Highlights. Plus an autographed copy of the book Plug-in Hybrids: The Cars That Will Recharge America. Plus a copy of the book Jolt! The Impending Dominance of the Electric Car and Why America Must Take Charge.
Pledge $1,000 or more
1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
GARDEN OF DELIGHT: All of the above (with up to 40 characters/spaces on the tile. All tiles are limited to first 20 people donating $150 or more). Plus a valentine from me. And the undying gratitude of everyone whose feet walk upon these steps.