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Help us illuminate the 45 foot steel sculpture at Burning Man. We're using solar energy but need LED color changing sequenced lights.

The Reno Star Cosmic Thistle stands 46' tall and 65' in diameter. Made from repurposed salvaged steel supplied by the City of Reno

This piece of art has been made possible in large part by the City of Reno and the RSCVA in their continued support of the arts. Following Burning Man, this piece will be transformed into its final stage as the Reno Star and be permanently installed within the City of Reno.

The design was inspired by the native landscape celebrating the Sierra Nevada and Great Basin physiographic regions and references the flower shapes typically found in high desert plants. The structural steel box-beams are ripped lengthwise to utilize their inherent internal tension to achieve a natural arcing in the steel spines. The 'crown' is fabricated from the same tube steel and reinforced by the secure geometry of assorted truss and spoke support designs.

The Reno Star Cosmic Thistle symbolizes the recycling fertility of the eternal creative spirit.

We're pleased that the Reno Star Cosmic Thistle is a grant recipient from Black Rock Solar, who will provide the solar panels to power our lighting. 

The lighting at Black Rock City is an exciting component to the Cosmic Thistle.  Sequential programming, dimmers, and modulated RGB lighting can transform the heavy steel structure, moving it out of it's static reality and into a pulsating movable light being that will be vibrating its message across the playa. 

This is where you come in. We need your help in getting the proper lighting to fully illuminate the Cosmic Thistle for the citizens of Black Rock Desert. Will you help us?

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    ~An invitation to attend the CosmicThistle Bubbly Supernova celebration on the Playa and a personal thank you toast. ~'Thistle be Cosmic!

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    ~A 'Cosmic Thistle' lighter delivered to you plus -An invitation to attend the CosmicThistle Bubbly Supernova celebration on the Playa Wednesday at 6 and a personal thank you toast. ~'Thistle be Cosmic!

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    ~A Cosmic Thistle hand printed fabric patch ready to add onto your favorite clothes -plus a 'Cosmic Thistle' lighter delivered to you plus the invitation to attend the CosmicThistle Bubbly Supernova celebration on the Playa Wednesday at 6pm on the playa and a personal thank you toast. ~'Thistle be Cosmic!

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    ~ A personalized photo portrait of you at the Reno Star Cosmic Thistle Bubbly Supernova celebration Wednesday at 6pm on the playa, digitally sent to you Plus, a Cosmic Thistle hand printed fabric patch ready to add onto your favorite clothes plus 2 'Cosmic Thistle' lighters delivered to you plus - An invitation to attend the opening on the Playa and a personal thank you toast. ~'Thistle be Cosmic!

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    ~ Wednesday night Dinner with the artists for you and a friend on the playa, Plus- A personalized photo portrait of you at the Reno Star Cosmic Thistle Bubbly Supernova celebration on the Playa Wednesday at 6 at Burning Man, digitally sent to you. Plus, a Cosmic Thistle hand printed fabric fabric patch ready to add onto your favorite clothes plus 2 'Cosmic Thistle' lighters delivered to you plus - An invitation to attend the opening on the Playa and a personal thank you toast. ~'Thistle be Cosmic!

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    ~A personal professional photo shoot for you and up to 3 friends on the playa delivered to you on cd, plus, Wednesday night Dinner with the artists for you and a friend on the playa plus a Cosmic Thistle hand printed fabric patch ready to add onto your favorite clothes plus 2 'Cosmic Thistle' lighters delivered to you plus - An invitation to attend the CosmicThistle Bubbly Supernova celebration on the Playa Wednesday at 6pm and a personal thank you toast. ~'Thistle be Cosmic!

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    ~A fire show at your own private party/ event given by the artists and their fire troupe. (date and time to be arranged~Bay Area only) light it up! plus Wednesday night Dinner with the artists for you and a friend on the playa. Plus a personalized photo portrait of you at the Reno Star Cosmic Thistle sculpture at Burning Man digitally sent to you. Plus, a Cosmic Thistle hand printed fabric fabric patch ready to add onto your favorite clothes plus 2 'Cosmic Thistle' lighters delivered to you plus - An invitation to attend the opening on the Playa and a personal thank you toast. ~'Thistle be Cosmic!

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