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An 8-foot-diameter steel sculpture of the earth. Hand-cut continents form negative space to reveal flames burning inside.
102 backers pledged $5,201 to help bring this project to life.

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We reached our $5,000 goal 12 days early!

So here are the stretch goals:

1. If we reach $6,000 we will be able to get more firewood out to the playa to burn the globe two additional nights. 

2. If we hit $7,500 we will extend this to three additional nights + try to organize a original theater popcorn machine. 

3. If we manage to hit $10,000 we will do all the previous, have a altar DJ setup and also add s'mores and fake money to throw into the pit!!!

Lets do it guys!

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Home Sweet Dome is a collective of doers and dreamers, artists and entrepreneurs. Our home is in the desert dusts of Burning Man, and all the corners of the galaxy.

Dreamers that do
Dreamers that do

Our vision for Burning Man this year is to watch the world burn––with popcorn.

Burn baby, burn!
Burn baby, burn!

Billy Joel sings:

We didn't start the fire

Since the world's been turning 

It was always burning 

We didn't start the fire 

No we didn't light it 

But we tried to fight it

There is a fear in our society that the world will burn down one day––and it will be all "their" fault.

We want people to lean back, munch on some popcorn, and imagine the end of everything they have ever known. We want people to face up to it all, so we can all pull our heads out of the sand, roll up our sleeves and start doing something about it.

Alone we feel helpless. But seeing how everyone loves our planet will energize each of us.

Drink up, dreamers, you're running dry
~ Peter Gabriel

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We are going to build a 8 ft tall steel globe that we’ll set on fire at night as the temperature drops. We will bring in 44 real movie theater seats, complete with cup holders, and arrange them around the fire in a semi-circle. Then we will pass out popcorn and invite our fellow witnesses to share their visions of the apocalypse. And the more money we raise, the more nights we can burn.

A setup fit for the apocalypse
A setup fit for the apocalypse

We will use the money you donate to buy:

  • Two 8 foot diameter, 1/4 inch thick steel tank heads
  • Use of a welding shop
  • Materials for the foot the globe stands on, etc
  • 8 tons of wood for burning
  • Transportation by truck to Black Rock City and back to San Francisco
  • Fire extinguishers, fire blankets and other fire protection gear

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Look again at that dot. That's here. That's home. That's us. On it everyone you love, everyone you know, everyone you ever heard of, every human being who ever was, lived out their lives. The aggregate of our joy and suffering, thousands of confident religions, ideologies, and economic doctrines, every hunter and forager, every hero and coward, every creator and destroyer of civilization, every king and peasant, every young couple in love, every mother and father, hopeful child, inventor and explorer, every teacher of morals, every corrupt politician, every "superstar," every "supreme leader," every saint and sinner in the history of our species lived there-on a mote of dust suspended in a sunbeam.

~ Carl Sagan

Risks and challenges

1. Construction.

Being an original piece of art, we are taking some necesary risks in construction. In consultation with welders, we estimated 1/4 inch steel will be thick enough to sutain the heat of the fire. We made provisions for extra holes for more airflow, and extra plates for airflow restriction. We checked our designs with the welders for feasibility.

2. Safety.

Maintaining a warm inviting fire that won't burn people's socks off will be a challenge. We plan on testing the fire pit before we get on the playa so that we can adjust things to be ideal. On the playa, we will have at least one person on safety duty at all times when the globe is burning. We are buying fire extinguishers, wire mesh, and other safety equipment to minimize accidents.

3. Transportation.

The finished fire pit we estimate will weigh over three tons. It could prove to be a challenge to move, set up and tear down the fire pit. We have a secured a 20 foot storage container. We have a plan to separate the globe into halves and re-assemble them. We will get access to a forklift on the playa.

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    Our principal fundraiser (previously a professional event planner for a high Tech company who has also raised thousands of dollars for Burning Man through theme parties and kickstarter campaigns) will help you to conceive of and organize a customized event for up to 100 people. Plus we'll throw in a photographer to capture all of the fine moments of the evening!

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