Rising again, "Constellation of One" unfurls new stellations, a fractal unfolding . And this year, the star will also shine at night!
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO DO THIS YEAR? The ongoing artistic concept is described below..listed here are my specific intentions to expand the piece in 2011.
- Two new levels of mirrored stellations expand upon “Constellation of One”’s existing structure to reflect its fractal growth/regeneration concept, i.e. self-replication on multiple scales/the whole reflected in each part..
- A striking nighttime experience of “C” will be created using ‘green’ energy. One of the most riveting and unique features of Burning Man is how the art is transformed by night, and with light, into a completely different experience. I am committed to using energy-efficient LEDs with solar power. Star lights star!
3) We want to offer “Constellation of One” to more people, and for longer. Due to setbacks (vehicular accident en route), “C” was up for the last three days of Burning Man 2010; while many enjoyed it, most didn’t get to see it . The perspectives and distortions of the mirrors irresistibly spark creative self-portraiture as the viewer finds themselves in, not just in front of, the art..very interactive.
A scatter of radiant reflections catches our eye and magnetically draws us to its source - a glowing stellar body, faceted with shimmering convex mirrors, rising from the Playa yet seems landed from elsewhere.
Circling around the star, glinting lights follow us, held in orbit of our every movement – as if we are now all the central star in a constellation, and as if we are the ones being observed; a moment that blurs the line between art and viewer.
Indeed, the crystalline triangular forms are remniscent of the yantra, a geometric map of the inner and outer universe. Held in the mind's eye as an object of meditation in Eastern practice, meditator and object eventually merge.
Looking into the undulating skin of mirrors, we find our likeness gathered and multiplied into the nucleus of each mirror like a network of cells. We also see ourselves encircled by neighbor and environment. Self-similarity on all scales and chaotic expressions reflect the fractal patterns of living forms – galaxies, constellations, trees, the brain, bacteria. Here, our act of seeing simultaneously creates fractal portraits of fractal organisms and a portrait of the whole.
We open a 'compound-eye' door to enter a glittering pyramidal chamber of reflection where kaleidoscopic facets and refractions mirror the light/chaos of our own nature..fragmented yet infinite.
Gazing at the star, our images are bounced off the spherical mirrors to merge, then widen exponentially into space. A moment of reflection, beginning with one, is echoed into Infinity.
As we gather to form the constellation of the creative, a question arises – what will be our Collective reflection into the universe?
HOW WILL THE MONEY BE USED?
All funds received will be used only for the purchase of materials and space to create the new stellations and lighting scheme and to bring them to the festival.
Personal expenses and labor are not included or compensated. Funds do not pay our expense to go to/ be at Burning Man.
I will rent space and equipment at TechShop in the Bay Area to create the new stellations (we don’t live in the US. The live/work space lent to us in 2010 is no longer available). A crew member, Steve, is working on the solar lighting.
-Workspace/equipment rental at TechShop $125
-Convex mirrors from 18” to 1” $860
-acrylic mirror/ reflective panels $100
-LED flood/spotlights $315
-solar kit (panel, charge controller, inverter, batteries, cable) $655
-mount for solar panel TBD
-Penske truck rental (2 days out, 2 days in) $782
Sub Total $2989
Tax 8.25% $247
Materials Total = $3235
+ $298 (fuel@ 885 miles minus annual personal cost)TOTAL = $3533
- Along the lines of the fractal growth theme, the existent piece is being transformed/expanded.
- Due to an accident and incident crew issues, it was shown for only three days in 2010
- A nighttime experience will be now possible through solar-powered lighting
The sculpture requires a 10' box truck. We don't live in the USA, so we don't own a vehicle, let alone a truck! When we go to the desert without a big piece of art, we do rideshares. The cost of fuel that we would normally spend has been deducted from the budget
The convex mirrors are very pricey. I sourced a local supplier to eliminate the shipping costs and carbon footprint, but there are hundreds of mirrors.
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True appreciation and gratitude for your contribution- everything helps - we'll bounce you a 'Thank You' into infinity off the spherical mirrors !
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Super-nice "Constellation of One" stickers in different sizes..sweet..
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A one-of-a-kind "Fragment" pendant..eye-catching, futuristic, reflective and created by hand. OR, an elegant glass "Constellation of One" pendant. Plus stickers
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A original "Meteor Surface" pendant. Striking, drop-dead and easy on the eyes..everyone's going to ask you about it. 2" long. OR, both of the above smaller pendants..and the stickers.
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A wall-sculpture created from "Constellation'''s prototypes and convex mirror. Each piece is unique. Tres cool yet elegant, these were sold at BRAF's Artumnal Gathering. View at artist's website. Plus the above rewards
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A deluxe wall-hanging..OR a signed, archival print of either "Constellation of One" or "Seer + Seen", plus all three pendants & stickers
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You'll receive a wall-hanging AND a signed print of your choice, plus pendants & stickers
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You receive a 'Constellation of One 2011' organic cotton t-shirt, and all of the above schwag..
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Walk away with a piece of 'Constellation of One' ! One of the 12" convex mirrors that give the sculpture its vibrant quality will be yours... you'll always have an eye on things with one of these on your wall, plus major street-cred. Also, a signed print and pendants and stickers
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Patron of the Arts..commission a painting! Interactive exchange! Kirsten Berg will paint/draw a theme/subject/ portrait of your choice in her style..up to 12"x18" in size..(please allow time well after the festival...)
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Commission a painting up to 2'x 3'! Kirsten will also create a one-of-a-kind sculptural light piece of wood, mirror just for you.. plus, prints, pendants, stickers, t-shirt..(please allow time well after festival..)
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You get the original "Seer + Seen" painting, created by Kirsten for a show at Alex Grey's MicroCosm gallery, NYC in 2008!! Refer to profile picture or artist website to view. Plus, ALL rewards ( commissioned painting, convex mirrors too..)
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