Idaho's CORE effigy, Opalessence. will represent Idaho at Burning Man 2012. It's a 20' tall sculpture that will burn on Thurs. night.
Special thanks to Michael Potts for the video above!
Idaho was selected as one of 35 regions to build a wooden sculpture for the Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE) at Burning Man 2012. The CORE sculptures will be placed around the man and burned on Thursday night. We are a collective group dedicated to representing our region and to bringing this gift to Burning Man.
Our effigy, named Opalessence, will be lattice oval with an opening at the top and two doorways. The rounded organic form suggests several Idaho-related forms: an opal, a pinecone or even a futuristic potato. (Space Potato is a hotly contested nickname amongst our crew, and you may see a gnashing of teeth if you call it that in the wrong company.)
The egg shape also refers to this year’s Burning Man fertility theme. At night, the structure will be illuminated with colored lights to resemble an opal or a bejewled egg. Opals are mined in Idaho, and we're also nicknamed the Gem State. Opals were probably named for Ops, a Roman fertility goddess. Fitting, no?
At night, the multicolored lighting will be tranquil and inviting, and highlight the curves and organic form of the piece. The structure will be open at the top, with the spirals ending in points like a flower bud. If we exceed our fundraising goals for the project, the extra dollars will be used for scaling up these fun night light effects. We have a professional lighting designer on our crew, we intend to use his skills fully. With your help, of course.
- Efficiency: all monies will go towards lighting, lumber, building materials and transportation costs. All labor is volunteer. The majority of our tools and building space were donated as well, so this money goes directly to supplies and transportation costs.
- Complexity: our crew has been busting out some seriously complicated compound cuts to make this happen for you. The angles (6 angled cuts per board) required some amazing CAD and engineering skill. Please reward their hard work with a donation.
- Fire: the lattice structure will make for a beautiful burn on Thursday night. We hope you can join us to watch!
We designed our swag to match the egg shape of our effigy and the fertility theme.
This is our sticker design:
This is the flask design:
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Jun 15, 2012 - Jul 18, 2012
Pledge $5 or more
Pledge $5 or more and we'll mail you an Idaho CORE sticker. Our sculpture looks like an egg, and the theme is fertility, so let's just say we had fun with all of our swag. See a picture to the left. (International orders please add $5 for shipping.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $25 or more
33 backers Limited (17 of 50 left)
Get a BPA-free aluminum flask for the playa complete with a carabiner. The sculpture will be silkscreened with the project on the side. See the photo on the main page. You could use it for water, but its compact size is much better suited for the heavier stuff. You'll get a sticker, too. (International orders please add $5 for shipping.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $45 or more
9 backers Limited (41 of 50 left)
Receive an Idaho CORE medallion made by our friend Jonathan West. These are beautiful gender neutral necklaces that look great on-playa. Engraved with the sculpture on one side and Idaho CORE on the other. See a picture to the left. We'll throw in a sticker as well. (International orders please add $5 for shipping.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
Pledge $50 or more
Pledge $50 or more and get a t-shirt with the sculpture and wording to match the sticker. You'll need to send us your size. (International orders please add $5 for shipping.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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Pledge $100 or more and get a t-shirt, medallion and flask. (International orders please add $5 for shipping.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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0 backers Limited (1 of 1 left)
Pledge $250 or more and you'll get an art tour at Burning Man on an art car for you and a friend for a minimum of one hour. (Must not be on Friday or Saturday. You are responsible for getting yourself to the event and being at the designated meeting spot on time.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012
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0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
Get an archival 11" x 14" giclee photographic print of the project. These will be delivered after Burning Man. (International orders please add $5 for shipping.)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
Pledge $500 or more and get an archival 11" x 14" giclee photographic print, a sticker, a medallion, a t-shirt and a flask. The print and swag will be delivered after Burning Man. (International orders please add $5 for shipping)Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
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For your generous donation we let you light the effigy on fire on Thursday night at Burning Man. Get a front seat to the effigy burn! We'll thrown in a medallion as well. (You are responsible for acquiring your own ticket to Burning Man. You will also be responsible for yourself while you are there. We will not be providing you with a camp, food, shelter, etc.)Estimated delivery: Aug 2012