Burning Man, the annual gathering of ethereal wanderers is always the most inspiring and life-affirming event of the year for me. You may recall my previous neon installations: You Are Exactly Where You Need To Be, What You Seek is Seeking You, and Stay Present from the past three events. For 2017, I hope to return to the Playa, with a very important message for all of humanity: Everything You Need Is Inside You.
Imagine: a massive handwritten neon, spanning 13 feet (4m) emitting a subtle turquoise hue across Burning Man’s vast desert-scape. The truism reflects Burning Man’s incredible communal spirit and represents the ancient teachings of the Sufi mystic Rumi - everything you need is inside you. It serves as a reminder to my fellow Burners, and to all human beings, that whilst we are often seeking external comforts, distraction and pleasure, we can harness our full potential by looking inwards: by drawing the strength and wisdom we need from our inner selves. Look no further - All the answers are inside you.
With your help, I can bring this installation into fruition. Our goal of $25,000 will support myself and my brilliant team to cover production, power, transportation, installation, and all material costs associated with a large scale structure of this kind in the extreme desert environment.
HERE IS OUR BUDGET BREAKDOWN:
If we meet our goal of $25,000 then $6,600 will go to the the Kickstarter fees and rewards. That leaves us with $18,400 for the project.
Neon production and crating - $7,500
metal frame and fence - $2,000
Installers crew and labor - $3,000
Temporary storage - $400
Transportation - $3,500
Rewards - $4,500
Kickstarter fees - $2,100
Each backer will receive a special thank you and exclusive Olivia Steele gift, so please take a moment to glance over the column on the right and decide on a pledge level! We worked very hard to design and produce some very exciting gifts!
GIFT UPDATE 18/07/17
Take a souvenir of The Playa home with you forever with an incredible print of this year’s neon installation, on either an Olivia Steele™ scarf, towel or blanket!
Simply pledge either $300 for a Towel, $500 for a Scarf, or $700 for a blanket, and after the campaign you can let us know that you would like to choose the Burning Man installation print!
If we manage to exceed our goal, I’ll resurrect my custom Roadsigns from the Public Displays of Awareness series and bring them to this year’s Burning Man.
Thank you so much, we couldn’t do any of this without you!
OH YEAH... AND THERE IS ONE MORE REWARD...
We are offering rewards for sharing the campaign and spreading the word! Just click on the Kickbooster banner below and get the loot!
Risks and challenges
WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO INSTALL A NEON IN THE DESERT?
Imagine installing an artwork in outer space.
The entire transportation and installation logistics need to be meticulously planned and carefully handled, as Burning Man is many miles away from the nearest city and supply center.
It’s delicate, it’s glass and it’s electric. The challenges of installing hand blown glass sections piece by piece with the guaranteed elements of heat, wind and sandstorms during the installation are many. This means that installing in this harsh environment requires us to be well prepared. Working with glass and high voltage electrical components lends itself to highly skilled installers, and we’ve got them!
We have successfully accomplished this twice before, and we've learned a lot from the many obstacles of previous desert installs. We come this year better equipped than ever before, and with a fantastic team to help realise this project with flying colors! We're pumped and ready to go!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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