We'd like to thank everybody who gave so generously in the last 24 hours to put us over the top with our fundraiser. We are still raising funds...our original goal was $8500, but we wanted a realistic goal that we could achieve. Please continue to tell your friends about our project. Every penny is going to get us a better set of wings, a more amazing pipe organ and so on!!
One update that I'm also going to be adding to our front page, is that we have decided to dedicate the Portal to the memory of long-time burner, Tom Kennedy, whose brother is on our team. Tom Kennedy apparently is the guy who brought the first art car to the playa, and his brother is a long-time friend and collaborator of mine. He will be attending the burn for the first time this year, with his 16 year-old son, who is also helping us build the Portal. Obviously, dedicating the Portal to Tom is very meaningful to them, and we hope it will be to lots of other burners who knew Tom as well.
Thank you!! The whole Portal Crew.
We cut & sanded the final piece of lattice today, with a heroic work party and a new raft of volunteers who cropped up and are full of energy. We've begun painting, and we're making the laminations for the arches. It is looking incredible! Next weekend we should be setting up the rest of the structure, and putting together the bases for the fire organs.
Thanks to so many of you who have donated in the last couple days, we are getting really close to our goal!! Please encourage your friends to give as well. We have just over $1500 to raise!
We had a great, full weekend of work parties, including 4th of July & Monday, up in the gorge.
The really exciting thing was tilting up the 3 interior arches. The structure is large and impressive. It looks so much bigger standing up! We have eleven lattices cut, and ten more to go. All the pipes for the organ are at the space, where we'll start tuning them today. The metal for the organ structure is nearly all welded and ready to take out to Gales Creek to be rolled into curves. Carlos also brought out FOUR spools of EL wire donated to help make the lighting more spectacular. (See Photo)
In the gorge we built the bodies for the final four harps, attached all the baffles, and got some of the bridges and sound boards supported. We also started giving the harps beautiful names, like Zevala, and we took one out in the truck. Sara drove, Theodore and I held the harp aloft, and Christopher video taped the harp making eerie sounds in the wind. It sounds great and the baffles act like speakers. We'll still need piezo mics to make it really sing (loud enough to drown out the perpetual disco at 2:00), but it sounds amazing, and they look absolutely like something from another planet. The harps are going to get a clear coat mixed with some bone-white, dark purplish blue to their underbellies, with sparkly gold accents. We still need to drill for the tuning pegs and string them up, but we're almost done with this part of the Portal.
We are pleased to be nearly halfway to our goal with the fundraiser, and hope all our funders will encourage their friends to join in the final 13 days to make our project a success!
pledged of $6,500 goal
seconds to go
Jun 14, 2010 - Jul 19, 2010
Pledge $5 or more
Your name on the Portal Plaque thanking our sponsors, also translated into an alien tongue.
Pledge $10 or more
Your name on the onsite Portal Plaque thanking our sponsors, plus: Receive a print of the Portal poem with a beautiful 4 color picture of the Portal model (or the Portal itself, if you can wait 'til after the event).
Pledge $20 or more
All of the above, plus a link to a download of the DVD of our project, once complete! The video will be produced by October 2010.
Pledge $35 or more
All of the above, plus a DVD of the movie, and a commemorative Portal sticker.
Pledge $50 or more
All of the above, plus your very own piece of the whispering wall in the form of a wish, hope or dream recorded into a tiny device by one of our team members.
Pledge $100 or more
Mention on our plaque, the Portal movie, plus a certified version of our Portal team t-shirt. The t-shirt includes a beautiful graphic of the Portal structure, and our team slogan. You too, can be a part of the team that made the Portal!
Pledge $250 or more
Mention on our plaque, the Portal movie, a recorded wish hope or dream, plus a Portal Mug with a beautiful colored rim. Great for drinking hot drinks on the playa.
Pledge $500 or more
A customized Portal Sigg water bottle, so that you can stay hydrated on the long desert days, plus all rewards $100 and below. Special mention on the Portal Plaque as a project sponsor.
Pledge $750 or more
2 backers Limited (3 of 5 left)
Take home one of the wind harps from the Portal, along with the $500 level reward. Your chance to own a real, playa-dust coated piece of the Portal!
Pledge $1,000 or more
All of the above, plus an exclusive tour of the Portal. Get yourself to the playa, and we'll take you on an evening tour of the fire organ so that you can play with our musicians.
Pledge $1,500 or more
1 backer Limited (1 of 2 left)
All of the above, plus a ticket to Burning Man. Yes, you heard that correctly, a ticket to Burning Man. While supplies last.
Pledge $5,000 or more
All of the above, plus a special place in our final performance during the burning of the Portal. Be a rock star on the playa, and take home the costume we make for you!!
Pledge $5,000 or more
0 backers Limited (2 of 2 left)
Alternatively, you could own a FIRE ORGAN from the Portal. That's right, take home a piece of flaming art history! Your donation will also make the Fire Organ more awesome, so it is a double win!! Plus a t-shirt, mug and stickers. While supplies last.