About this project
WHO IS MAZU?
Mazu, the goddess of the sea, is one of the most widely worshipped Asian deities. One can find temples dedicated to Mazu in China and all over the world. She is said to protect all seafaring voyagers and quell dangerous storms. More detailed information about Mazu can be found here: http://www.goddessgift.com/goddess-myths/chinese-goddess-mazu.htm
WHO ARE WE?
We are artists, welders, pyrotechnicians, dreamers, laborers, entrepreneurs, sculptors, craftsmen, workaholics and visionaries. Our team includes the most skilled hands and minds from all over the world - New Zealanders, Canadians, Australians, Balinese, and Americans - making this project a truly global effort.
WHAT ARE YOU BUILDING? WHAT IS THIS PROJECT?
Burning Man is one of the largest interactive arts festivals on planet earth! Our goal is to bring the goddess Mazu, her temple, and her parade to the playa. After all - the playa on which the Burning Man festival is held is an ancient sea bed - hence, “MAZU - Goddess of the Empty Sea”! The merging of past and present, old rites and new technologies, ancient culture with modern day is our gift to the Burning Man community. Our project is not only a sight to see, but also features interactive components such as a huge procession and aims to engage the festival attendees.
People who may have never stepped into an Asian temple or have never heard of Mazu can have an interactive and in-depth insight into Asian culture. We are creating a convergence, one that blends the arts of East and West, so that we can better understand our fellow human beings. No matter how far away the land of our birth, we are making common ground here.
More details can be found at http://www.mazugoddessoftheemptysea.com
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
Having consumed nearly a year’s worth of planning and intensive labor, this project is almost near completion - but we need one final push! The floor and roofing structures are complete.
The central column of the lotus is also complete. We are still busy constructing the 24 petals of the large central lotus “crown”. This is no dainty flower - each petal measures 12 feet by 5 feet and weigh 250 pounds each! Our fire-breathing dragons guarding the perimeter of the temple structure still have a long way to go. The eight of these steel beauties cost nearly $2,500 each in build materials alone! Not to mention, pyrotechnic dragons are very thirsty creatures who must be given tons of propane throughout the week. Please help us keep our dragons well fed and happy!
There is still so much work to do and so little time, and our resources are running out. We need the support of the community to complete this project!
Can’t afford to send a donation? Please share this link with your friends and family! Spread the word on social media! Help us get the word out! We don’t have much time before MAZU burns, and the more people who share this page, the more likely we are to reach our goal.
Any donors interested in kindly sending a greater donation than what we have offered here, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org directly and we can discuss an appropriate reward for your generous offer.
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Risks and challenges
With a project this size, there are always risks and challenges. Some of them have seemed insurmountable, but we've pulled through each one so far, and I have unshakable faith in the ability of our team and our community to meet any that arise.
Currently, the biggest challenge we face is a bottleneck in the availability of welding machines to fabricate the dragons. We hope that this fundraiser will allow us to buy the machines and materials we need to finish the dragons on time and to the level of detail that we want to achieve.
After the event, there are many of the crew that will need to head back to their home country, or move on to other work in order to pay the bills that have piled up as we devote our lives to this project. There is a lot of work to be done after the project leaves playa, the invisible, behind-the-scenes work of storage and permits and transportation, and having the buffer of a successful kickstarter will make all the difference in being able to do this without having to sell a kidney to make it happen.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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