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“Enlightenment" will be a 16 ft. wooden meditating man, an offering from the Chinese and Taiwanese burner diaspora at Burning Man 2013

About this project

The Vision

We are honored to have been chosen as one of the honoraria pieces within the Circle of Regional Effigies at Burning Man this year. This installation will be constructed by a team with roots in China, Taiwan and Hong Kong, making it one of the first Asian collaborative installations to appear on the open playa, and will be enjoyed by all of Burning Man and beyond. More than an elegant sculpture to be burned in the desert, it also represents an opportunity for transnational collaboration and community building.

"Enlightenment" on the Playa
"Enlightenment" on the Playa

"Enlightenment 悟" will be a wooden meditating man over 16’ high sitting atop a lotus flower base. The structure will be large enough for people to enter, allowing approximately seven people sitting cross-legged in a semi-circle to fit comfortably inside. The lotus flower will be constructed from a wooden frame accented with cloth petals, featuring designs produced by people across the diaspora. LED ribbon lights will illuminate the edges--one circling the interior of the alcove, and the other on the outside, below the lotus petals.

Enlightenment Dimensions
Enlightenment Dimensions

Inside the man will be a heartbeat sensor that viewers can attach to a finger, which will connect to the LED light controller. The sensor will detect the viewer’s pulse, and the lights will pulse synchronously with the viewer’s heartbeat. Incense and offerings will be placed and burned inside and around the man by Burning Man event participants, and will also be shipped by participants from China, Taiwan and elsewhere who are unable to physically join us on the playa.

“Enlightenment” will offer participants a beautiful space to gather, meditate, reflect, and connect.

Aerial View: Octagonal Base
Aerial View: Octagonal Base

Inspiration
"Enlightenment" showcases a meditating man achieving nirvana, an icon for release from the cycles of suffering and rebirth. Enlightenment is an ideal end state, and the Bodhisattva Vow is one that aims for the enlightenment of all of humanity. Thus, we wish our collaborators and viewers to achieve this upon the burning of the effigy. This act of meditation was chosen to represent our Asian diaspora, as it is simple enough to represent a peaceful practice widespread throughout the region, detached from any specific religious or political institutions, yet still open-ended enough to permit personal interpretation.

About the Artists
Participants include engineers, designers, builders, scholars, artists, and organizers from across the Chinese, Taiwanese, and burner diaspora.

Enlightenment Team
Enlightenment Team

Goal

Our goal is to raise enough money to construct this art experience for tens of thousands of people to enjoy on the playa at Burning Man, while simultaneously raising awareness, appreciation, and engagement with the cultures of China, Taiwan, and the broader region.

The amount we’re looking to raise is merely a fraction of what will be needed in total for all the costs of the materials, supplies, workshop space, towing service, etc. The following breakdown should give you an idea of what we will be using the funds for:

  • $1200: Wood materials (50+ plywood sheets, 300 ft of lumber, and screws)
  • $1000: Truck rental from San Francisco, CA to BlackRock City, NV for roundtrip towing
  • $700: Programmable LED lights
  • $600: Kickstarter Backer Prizes
  • $500: Workshop space and tools
  • $100: Cloth for lotus petals in addition to community-sourced portion
  • $100: Interior lamps, decor

Our $2,000 goal is conservative and accounts for just the bare materials. We would be honored to receive your contribution and participation in this gift from a region that has been underrepresented in our community. Please show your support and help us take this project to the next level! THANK YOU!!!

Prize: 3D Print
Prize: 3D Print

Risks and challenges

This project involves a lot of planning and execution, and we have a solid team to undertake it. However, we still face the challenges of building, material sourcing, financing and fundraising. In addition, we will also face the challenges of transporting the pre-fabrication from San Francisco to the playa, as well as risks during on-site construction in the elements of the harsh playa and risks inherent to the burn perimeter crew during the burning of this effigy. This will be a difficult and challenging process, but we accept all the risks and costs associated in reward for the implementation of our artistic vision.

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Rewards

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    ENLIGHTENMENT STICKER:
    Receive an "Enlightenment" sticker with our logo. Adorn your wall, computer, water bottle, or friends with a constant reminder to focus, breathe, and enlighten. You will also receive our progress updates, endless thanks, and love!

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    TRANSCENDENT TEA IN CUSTOM BOX:

    Transcend time and space with tea brewed in fine leaves from your very own Enlightenment tea box.
    "Who would then deny that when I am sipping tea in my tearoom I am swallowing the whole universe with it and that this very moment of my lifting the bowl to my lips is eternity itself transcending time and space?" -D.T. Suzuki.

    Also comes with: Enlightenment Sticker + our updates + our endless love and thanks!

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    LASER-CUT LOTUS BASE PENDANT: Receive a specially crafted laser-cut pendant of our geometric octagonal trigram lotus base as a symbol of spiritual nirvana. Charming and fortuitous to hang or wear. Also comes with: Enlightenment Sticker + our updates + our endless love and thanks!

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    3D PRINT OF ENLIGHTENMENT:

    Receive your very own miniature 3D model of the sculpture. Place this 2" x 2" x 2" figurine produced from quality alumide on your desk or altar for posterity, or burn it with us in remote ritual communion.

    Also comes with: Enlightenment Sticker + our updates + our endless love and thanks!

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    ELIXIR HYDROFLASK:
    Keep hydrated, healthy, and whole with a custom Enlightenment Hydro Flask. The double-wall vacuum insulation of Hydro Flask is ideal for hot tea or cold spirits, with the ability to keep your beverages steaming hot or freezing cold for up to 24 hours. Lifetime warranty, the ultimate impermanence of all material things not withstanding.
    Also comes with: Enlightenment Sticker + our updates + our endless love and thanks!

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    6 backers

    ULTIMATE ENLIGHTENMENT SUPERPRIZE:

    Close your eyes and open your heart to the basket of all our fabulous prizes. You will receive not only a laser-etched candle with your name blessing, but also the elixir hydroflask, 3D print, laser-cut lotus pendant, transcendent tea set, "Enlightenment" sticker, and of course, our endless love and thanks! You will surely be enlightened with this prize!

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    PERSONAL TOUR OF “ENLIGHTENMENT”:

    Catch a private ride on the Zeppelin Mutant Vehicle, the playa's newest and most enLIGHTening art car, and be escorted in style to the CORE circle. Be treated to a personal tour of the piece with its creators. Sip Black Rock City's finest tea and Chinese spirits as you learn about the the past, present, and future of the sculpture, and then have the opportunity to make a private, solo or group, offering within Enlightenment.

    Also comes with: Ultimate Superprize (laser-etched candle + name blessing + elixir hydroflask + 3D print + laser-cut lotus pendant + transcendent tea set + "Enlightenment" sticker + our updates + our endless love and thanks)!

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    Only ships to: United States
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    PERSONAL TOUR OF "ENLIGHTENMENT" AND LEAVE YOUR MARK IN CALLIGRAPHY:
    Be treated to a personal tour of the piece with its creators. Sip Black Rock City's finest tea and Chinese spirits as you learn about the the past, present, and future of the sculpture, and then have the opportunity to make a private, solo or group, offering within Enlightenment. Leave your mark on a piece of the sculpture during this session when we perform a live painting of your Chinese name in calligraphy to honor your contribution.

    Also comes with: Ultimate Superprize (laser-etched candle + name blessing + elixir hydroflask + 3D print + laser-cut lotus pendant + transcendent tea set + "Enlightenment" sticker + our updates + our endless love and thanks)!

    *Please note: The Zeppelin Mutant Vehicle will not be offering private rides on the playa, as it will be open to the general community.

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    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (30 days)