What is the Thunder Gumbo art car?
B.O.O.G.A., The Thunder Gumbo art car, is a legendary art car powered by love, sweat and skulls. The mutant vehicle fits 50 to 75 revelers, has an 6000 watt custom-built sound system, and is a space ship from pre-history made out of mammalian bones and remains. It has been to Burning Man Freeform, the New York Halloween parade, Gratitude NYC, and has many more adventures ahead.
It is a passion project, built by dedicated participatory art enthusiasts who also contribute to many other art projects in NYC and beyond-- we have thrown twenty seven successful fundraising parties for the collective in the last four years, and are active with many community projects.
The base vehicle for BOOGA is a M923A2 Six-Wheel Drive Military Transport Vehicle, built for the Gulf War, heavily modified with a second level lounge, a primitive, ribcage enclosed dancefloor space made from reclaimed scaffolding lumber, and the new addition of a vertebra shade structure, a pleistocene mammal skull and driftwood skeletal elements, and the return of our custom, inward-facing sound system. This will be our fifth year as an art collective throwing amazing parties in New York and our third trip out to the Burning Man festival, and we couldn't be more excited!
Why are we fundraising?
BOOGA really needs some mechanical loving and really wants some art upgrades.
The funds raised by this kickstarter will go to repair the vehicle's onboard air pressure system, which is needed for the air brakes, tire inflation, and other vital parts to function. A new alternator mount and cab cover are needed as well.
We are also undertaking some serious art upgrades this year, and this kickstarter will allow us to use the proceeds from our parties to create new artwork in addition to the needed mechanical repairs and operating expenses. We will be completing a shade structure for the upper level, adding segmented tusk shaped exhaust pipes with fire poofers, adding the skull of a mysterious ancient beast, and affixing large-scale bone and organic elements to further transform the truck from a retired military vehicle.
Rest assured we are working very hard to raise funds and leverage resources in other ways, but we are asking our community to help us close the gap. Last year, we racked up a five figure repair bill after a blown alternator, a blown engine, and lots of other problems that delayed our intrepid cross-country drive crew until Friday night of the burn. We made the hard decision to leave the car on the West Coast for a couple years rather than risking another trip to the East Coast and back, and are doing other substantial fundraising efforts with giant, elaborate, volunteer produced art parties this year to make it all possible.
Those parties are fun too! Check out this really sweet little write up in the Electronic Current about our last event!
What about rewards?
So glad you asked!
We have stickers and temporary tattoos with the Thunder Gumbo heraldic crest!
Limited edition patches by Jaclyn Atkinson-- carved linoleum block handprinted on muslin fabric, aprox 4"x4"
Laser cut pendants!
No-two-alike tee shirts with the Thunder Gumbo heraldic crest printed over a thrift store gem!
A hand-made adventure crown by Kathryn Sclavi! Each adventure crown is custom made, you can specify colors and sparkles on these hand-layered silk flowers. They are made of thick fabric and elastic, and each bloom is hand sewn on. Guaranteed to not squeeze your head, fall off, or require bobby pins!
Small, custom tribal headband headpiece made from found objects by Gumbo Goddess Jaclyn Atkinson!
A PLANE RIDE over the playa for you and a guest!
Risks and challenges
Burning Man in general and art cars specifically are fraught with peril. We have put our heart and soul in to this project, but may fail to get the car to the burn due to weather, mechanical failure, mutiny, licensure issues on playa, legal issues, or Acts of God.
Engagement with entropy is a major part of the charm of Burning Man. We appreciate your support!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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