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This project was successfully funded on August 19, 2014.

Help us bring mind-blowing, laser cut, mathematical art and design into reality.

San Francisco, CA Design
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HYBYCOZO, The Hyperspace Bypass Construction Zone, is made of 3 complex 3D geometric shapes or 3 very simple 4D shapes, depending on how you look at it...

photo credit: www.mathewgilbuena.com
photo credit: www.mathewgilbuena.com

Each is over 6 feet tall and made from gold laser cut steel panels. At night, they will be lit up with addressable LEDs.

We are seeking your support to help fund the installation of HYBYCOZO at Burning Man festival. But unlike many other installation projects, we hope the rewards are so desirable and unique in and of themselves that it will help us launch a new creative and commercial endeavor.

We have partnered with an amazing local laser cutting shop to create some evocative and intricate design objects for the home.

The answer to life, the universe, and everything

The patterns represents the many ways, people, over thousands of years, have derived meaning and connection from geometry and natural patterns, on both the molecular and spiritual level, and shared it with each other through the arts.

Who are we? 

We are two artists, Yelena Filipchuk and Serge Beaulieu, from San Francisco who are inspired by the intersection of geometry, physics, art, science and are seeking to find the answer to life, the universe and everything. Our search has been profoundly affected by patterns that seem to be ever present in ancient and modern cultures and religions and mathematical and scientific models trying to describe the natural world.

How will HYBYCOZO come into existence?

Dodi is a dodecahedron made of 12 pentagons, a Platonic solid that represents, the universe, ether, and has been used as tool of meditation and an expression of life and consciousness.

Trocto is a truncated octohedron made of 8 hexagons and 6 squares. It's pattern is based on the tesseract and the model of E8, a beautiful and complex mathematical model that physicist Garret Lisi proposed as a Grand Unified Field Theory, or, as he liked to call it, an An Exceptionally Simple Theory of Everything. E8 as working as model of the universe is an interrelated 248-dimensional symmetrical object, projected into 2D space.

Cozo is a icosahedron made of 20 equilateral triangles and is inspired by biological and super natural connectivity evoking neural networks, fractal growth of sea anemones, constellations, and mushroom mycelium.

First HYBYCOZO Construction a Success! 

Last week we received our first raw parts and assembled it over the weekend at an event in Napa. It blew away our expectations and we have already been invited back to display it again.

What We Need to Complete HYBYCOZO

We are investing a large amount of personal savings , but need your help to complete the 2nd and 3rd piece, and create the design pieces for the home.

Total predicted costs of Hybycozo, based on making all 3 objects and rewards, exceeds $16,000

  • Laser Cut Steel: $11,000
  • Power: 1,000
  • Light and electrical: $900 
  • Paint: $500-$3000 depending on technique
  • Hardware & Tools: $400
  • Transportation: $800
  • Reward Creation: $2,000 and counting

Your support will help us make HYBYCOZO a reality!

Want to help with HYBYCOZO? 

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  • Have a math loving, geometry breathing, construction minded friend? Send it to them using the share buttons on the side.
  • Send an email to hybycozo@gmail.com if you have an idea or want to collaborate!
  • Going to be at Burning man? Come say hi! We will be between 10 and the Temple in the outer playa.
  • Know of a place that HYBYCOZO wants to live after Burning Man? Let us know!

BIG THANKS to our friends and collaborators:

Risks and challenges

We have found a great laser cutting metal shop in northern California that we are working with. Although they are a little expensive, we decided to go with them because of their integrity and desire to help us create art. We have just tested assembling the first piece and it worked better than imagined. Solid, sturdy, and easy to assemble.

Items left to decide upon are power consumption (battery vs. generator) and painting (spray paint vs. powder-coating). These decision will be made as the Kickstarter progresses.

There is some worry about people climbing Hybycozo. We have over-engineered the pieces to withhold a significant weight, and we are confident that the delicate nature of the patterns will deter climbers. If not, we are prepared to place signs on the pieces to prevent any collapse or injury (extremely unlikely).

Since many of the rewards are hand built by us, too many orders would cause a back-log. If this is the case we have a team of helpers on call. Better yet, we have the manufacturing expertise to optimize the design for higher run productions. This may cause a short delay, or potentially let us deliver the rewards even quicker.

Since we have proven each and every reward, there is little getting in the way of completing the Kickstarter with the utmost success. If you have any concerns, suggestions, or improvements, please let us know and we will answer them promptly.

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FAQ

  • The 3D printed version is approx 70mm tall, or 2.75inches.
    The larger scaled model, as well as the light, are both approx 7.5" tall.

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  • The pendant is made of wood, painted gold.
    The coasters are also wood, painted gold.
    The 3D print is plastic, painted gold.
    The Scaled Model is wood, hand assembled and painted gold.
    The Light is wood, same as above, hand assembled and painted gold.

    We are not able to offer metal as that would make the items unaffordable. We look forward to creating metal objects at some point as Hybycozo grows.

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  • When funded, Hybycozo will make public appearances in San Francisco. We are talking with local music festivals/events and have been encouraged to connect with BRAF, the Burning Man organization that places art within San Francisco and other cities. Additionally, there will be a reception in August and all backers and their friends are invited to preview the designs with us.

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  • Send us a message in September and we'll chat. We'd love to be part of your event in some capacity, as long as it's not too far from home.

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  • Hybycozo will be located on the deep playa, somewhere between 10 o'clock and the temple. We are finalizing the exact location but it will be far enough away from everything else that you can enjoy peace and quiet while viewing.

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  • The lightbulb is rated as a 7W night light, with a brightness of 25 lumens. It's a warm light at 2700K. We 3d printed a base for the bulb and run a cord through it. It is a candelabra base. At 3 hours a day, the yearly energy cost is $.84 and has a life of about 3 years.

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  • To pledge for multiple rewards, simply add the totals together for all rewards you would like to participate in, increase your pledge to cover all rewards you wish to back. When the project ends, you will be sent a survey. Simply list the reward levels and quantity you pledged for. Since you can only select 1 pledge on our KS page for now, please choose the most expensive, or the one with limited quantities.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    Pledge $10 or more

    17 backers

    Gratitude is the juice that powers interstellar travel. You will be honored with a big THANK YOU on our website and an invitation to our opening party

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  • You selected
    Pledge $25 or more

    40 backers

    Hybycozo Pattern Print Bandana - Don't forget your towel!

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $42 or more

    45 backers

    Hybycozo Pendant - A laser cut pendant necklace that will hang around your neck in much the same way that bricks don’t.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $60 or more

    18 backers

    3 Laser Cut Coasters Made of the HYBYCOZO Patterns.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $100 or more

    8 backers Limited (42 left of 50)

    3D Printed Model - A beautiful hand painted gold 75 mm scaled icosohedron model.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $100 or more

    6 backers

    The Hitchhiker Pack: Bandana, Pendant, and Set of 3 Coasters - Everything you need to be a dedicated Hybycozo explorer. Keep all 3, or use them as gifts for others. It's up to you.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $200 or more

    12 backers Limited (8 left of 20)

    Handmade Laser Cut scaled Hybycozo. Hold it, display it, or place it anywhere around the home. Approximately 7" tall, we will leave a panel open and you can place your own items/light inside of it.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $250 or more

    20 backers All gone!

    Handmade Laser Cut Table or Pendant Light-
    Choose from the 3 designs. Hang it or place on a table. It's presence will give you a sunny and cheerful disposition. Every time you look at it, a satisfied sigh like quality will reverberate saying "Hummmmmmmyummmmmmmah!"

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $275 or more

    10 backers All gone!

    Handmade Laser Cut Table or Pendant Light- Choose from the 3 designs. Hang it or place on a table. It's presence will give you a sunny and cheerful disposition. Every time you look at it, a satisfied sigh like quality will reverberate saying "Hummmmmmmyummmmmmmah!"

    Approximately 7" tall

    Estimated delivery:
    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $275 or more

    5 backers Limited (5 left of 10)

    Handmade Laser Cut Table or Pendant Light- Choose from the 3 designs. Hang it or place on a table. It's presence will give you a sunny and cheerful disposition. Every time you look at it, a satisfied sigh like quality will reverberate saying "Hummmmmmmyummmmmmmah!" Approximately 7" tall

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $500 or more

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    Light Control at Burning Man + Hybycozo 3D Printed Scale Model -

    Have your very own party/wedding/bris at HYBYCOZO at Burning Man. Impress the girl/boy/alien of your choice when you pull out your phone and have full control of the lights. You can even sync the lights to your music! You will also get your very own 3D printed icosohedron model.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
  • You selected
    Pledge $1,000 or more

    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    All 3 Handmade Laser cut lights + Dinner at The Restaurant at the End of the Universe with the artists.

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    Only ships to: United States

Funding period

- (34 days)