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:
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.
"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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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