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Are you asking the right questions? This beacon of wonder is a large scale neon installation to be erected in the desert at Burning Man
Are you asking the right questions? This beacon of wonder is a large scale neon installation to be erected in the desert at Burning Man
97 backers pledged $37,353 to help bring this project to life.

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Burning Man is the annual gathering of ephemeral wanderers, those willing to travel out of the comfort zone- to the edge of the imagination and where one can't help but question reality. For me it continues to be the most challenging yet inspiring and life-affirming event of the year. It reawakens my desires, as I re-learn how to dream and how to play and how to connect with spirit fueled by unparalleled synchronicity.

It is through my first revelations at Burning Man that I have come to be the artist I am. I return to the this source of inspiration every year to install with love and intention. 

You may recall my previous neon installations: "You Are Exactly Where You Need To Be," "What You Seek is Seeking You" and "Everything You Need is Inside You" from the past three years. 

For my 8th year on the Playa, I am excited to explore the polarizing theme of A.I. through a series of thought-provoking and poignant messages for all to discover and embrace. I am known for my statements and  truisms, but this year I come with one simple question:

What If This Is All Real ? 2018
What If This Is All Real ? 2018

Words are so powerful, but questions can be even more so. Are you asking the right questions? 

The 2018 theme of IRobot and Artificial Intelligence really pulls at the extremes of technology. As we embark into the wild unknown of artificial intelligence and robotics, one must acknowledge the endless potential, contrasted with the potentially catastrophic. 

Behold a spectacle that engenders countless avenues for contemplation as it crystallizes the unity of reality and imagination. Imagine the glow as the Noble neon gas burns a message into the intoxicating quiet.

Stop looking for answers and live the question.
Stop looking for answers and live the question.

"What If This Is All Real?" is a handwritten statement formed in glass and filled with neon gas. The installation is complete with an ambient sound component and 3 XXXL bean bag beds which serve as the perfect resting spot for the weary and pensive.

The question is clear.  A mystery is born.  Lets embrace it,  shall we?
The question is clear. A mystery is born. Lets embrace it, shall we?

And here it is, fleetingly designed, re-designed and upgraded, a beacon of wonder standing 4 meters tall, spanning 8 meters wide, which will take 3 days to build, only to be dismantled again 7 days later. We hope to leave another legacy on the playa and to inspire all who encounter it.

As you can imagine, these large scale public installations are made possible with the support of community. With your help, we can bring this installation life. Our goal of $35,000 will allow me and my team to cover the production and logistics costs associated with bringing such a structure into this kind of extreme desert environment. 

IF YOU WERE WAITING for A SIGN THIS IS IT.

TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK !
TEAMWORK MAKES THE DREAM WORK !

Each backer will receive a personal Thank You, and an exclusive Olivia Steele gift. 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 a very special  selection of gifts!

PLEDGE GIFT UPDATES!

In lieu of our $5,000.00 STRETCH GOAL we have added 2 exciting new pledge gifts!

The first is a tattoo commission, available at a discount for $400 (regular price $500). It’s an affordable and effective way to own your own Steele!

Always remember to trust the process...
Always remember to trust the process...

The second is a personal favorite of Olivia's: a necklace made of hand stamped brass and leather imprinted with “Everything You Can Imagine Is Real.” It can be yours for a donation of $500!

Everything You Can Imagine Is Real!
Everything You Can Imagine Is Real!

HERE IS OUR BUDGET BREAKDOWN:

If we meet our goal of $35,000 then $3,500 will go towards the the Kickstarter fees and rewards. That leaves us with $31,500 for the project.

$35,000 Budget

Neon production and crating - $6,000

25 Kv Generator and light tower - $5,000

Building Materials - $1,300

Heavy Machinery Rental - $1,400

Polished stainless steel structure and fence - $3,500

Installers and pre production labor - $3,500

Storage - $800

Transportation - $3,500

All Fuel - $3,000

Pledge Rewards and shipment - $3,500

Kickstarter fees - $3,500 

Profit - $0

-+ STRETCH GOALS +- 

If we manage to exceed our goal by $5,000.00, Olivia Steele will bring her Public Display Of Awareness Roadsigns back to the Playa! The funds will go towards the production of a new series of Roadsigns which will be resurrected at this year’s Burning Man.

Public Display of Awareness
Public Display of Awareness
The Signs Are Everywhere !
The Signs Are Everywhere !

Risks and challenges

I love to install my illuminated inner musings in surreal locations, which then manifest as unexpected intrusions of beauty. I have installed deep in the jungles of Columbia, on the beaches of Tulum and the salty Lagoons of the Yucatan. This year, I went so far as to install a neon in the Salton Sea. However nothing compares to the complexities of the volatile, wild and beautiful Black Rock Desert where the unexpected is expected and we must bring enough supplies and spirit to be ready for anything. With three years of successfully completing this installation, I am sure this year will be no different. I have deep confidence in my team and in my backers that together we will raise both: spirit and resources to deliver with Precison.

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    EXCLUSIVE OLIVIA STEELE GIF

    Greet the future with your own personalized GIF of Olivia Steele's work, designed by the artist herself.

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    SIGNED POSTCARD

    To show our gratitude, Olivia Steele will send you one of her postcards - a personal thank you signed, sealed and delivered with love.

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    POST CARD SET

    Why get one signed postcard when you can get a set of different magical images? These are not just postcards, they are mini prints and easy to frame! Receive a curated selection of some of Olivia Steele's favourite installations, personally signed, sealed and delivered by the artist.

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    PDA PATCHES (SET OF 4)

    The signs are everywhere...for a pledge of $75 you receive a set of four reminders: public displays of awareness to wear on your sleeve (or anywhere else of your choosing). Being present never looked so cool.

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    3D LIMITED EDITION LENTICULAR PRINT

    A trippy token of gratitude in the form of an exclusive 3D lenticular postcard featuring a transition through four images, personally signed by Olivia Steele.

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    PASSPORT HOLDER

    Take a piece of Olivia Steele wherever you go! These passport holder are reminders to stay present and great conversation starters during your travels around the world.

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    OLIVIA STEELE TOWEL (OF YOUR CHOOSING)

    For a pledge of $250, Olivia Steele will send over an art towel with an artwork of your choosing. The perfect accent for beach, bath and beyond, these beautiful towels are made of super soft, non pililng microfiber that will never fade.

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    CUSTOM OLIVIA STEELE TATTOO

    I'm excited to announce that I'm offering tattoo commissions available at a discount for $400 (regular price $500). It’s an affordable and effective way to own your own Steele!

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    OLIVIA STEELE ART SCARF

    I wanna dress you up in my love, and gratitude! At this pledge level, receive your own super soft, special edition Olivia Steele™ art scarf of your choosing.

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    OLIVIA STEELE NECKLACE

    Wear my gratitude around your neck: a necklace made of hand stamped brass and leather imprinted with “Everything You Can Imagine Is Real.”

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    BRACELET

    For $700, decorate your body with my art. Hand stamped with love and intention, these unisex cuffs are filled with clever mantras, ironic statements and important reminders. Remember, nothing haunts you more than a treasure you didn't...pledge for!

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    THROW (OF YOUR CHOOSING)

    Coucher avec moi! Your contribution has helped to make this year’s installation a dream come true! In return, allow me to accessorize your dreams with a limited edition Olivia Steele™ Art Blanket of your choice. These plush, thick, super soft triple layer Jacquard woven blankets are guaranteed not to fade or flake with washing.

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    BOOK (CONCEPTUAL CONFESSIONS)

    In return for your generosity, step inside Olivia’s world and receive a signed copy of her hard-back limited edition monograph, 'Conceptual Confessions' with a 3D lenticular cover. The book details over 100 high quality gloss pages of carefully curated artworks and inspirations.

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    PRINT OF THE NEON INSTALLED ON THE PLAYA

    Bring a piece of the Playa home and keep the memory forever. Whether you’re a serious art collector or simply an art lover, allow us to grace your space with a special edition, unframed fine art print (60 x 40cm) of this year’s installation; limited to an edition of 10, signed by the artist.

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    NEON "WHAT IF"

    Take a piece of The Playa with you forever with a daily illuminated reminder that tomorrow is never guaranteed, so today you must live life to the fullest. Everything is contained in your very own limited edition Olivia Steele™ neon. We will send you a neon of 'What If', enclosed in a self contained plexi-box. No installation required! Our thank you for your incredible support.

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    STAY IN ARTIST'S BERLIN STUDIO + PACKAGE

    Step into Olivia’s neon kingdom and spend 3 nights in her private atelier, located in the centre of Berlin’s historical Mitte district. This is a rare opportunity to be immersed in her exceptional gallery which has been meticulously curated by the artist and houses her private collection and never-before seen works. Waiting for you will be a carefully curated, bespoke care package. Additionally, Olivia will be hosting a dinner party with YOU as the guest of honor!

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