UPDATE: target hit! We're enormously grateful to our backers who have contributed enough to hit our target and help make the project happen. There are still a few more days left - any extra funds will be hugely helpful as (inevitably) some costs are coming in a little higher than we expected! If we get more from Kickstarter than we need to complete the basic project, we'll use any extra productively for better lighting, more cushions and better rewards for our backers. Thanks again to everyone who has funded us so far - you won't be disappointed!
Do you remember how wonderful it is to look into a kaleidoscope? You close one eye, turn the end and for a minute you're lost in an intricate, shifting, fractal world of colour. This year at Burning Man we're recreating this beautiful effect on a grand scale: a psychedelic room with an infinite kaleidoscopic sky.
Simple pleasures often start with simple design. The science of a kaleidoscope is simply mirrors placed next to each other - light is reflected off multiple surfaces creating an infinite grid of duplicate images in beautiful symmetry. We're amplifying this effect with 2,500 programmable LEDs to create an infinite psychedelic sky.
Our room will be hexagonal in shape with mirrored internal walls and a ceiling covered in an intricate geometric pattern of LEDs. The lights will constantly shift in colour and pattern, creating mesmerising effects. From below, lying back on carpets and cushions, you'll be lost in a sky of colour that seems to stretch on and on forever on all sides.
We're building The Large Hadron Kaleidoscope at this year's Burning Man. We think burners will absolutely love it. It will be something they discover, without knowing what to expect from the outside, something in tune with this year's 'Carnival of Mirrors' theme. We'd love your help in making it happen.
We're a team of 7, some experienced burners, some first-timers, but all passionate about giving something amazing to the residents of Black Rock City. We're contributing what we can personally to the project but still need to raise some funds for materials. At the end of the burn we'll be making sure we save the majority of the materials for use in the future.
As well as our huge thanks for your help, we're offering these rewards:
- Personalised heart diffraction glasses - Feel the love! These specs turn lights into hearts: magical wherever you wear them, just imagine what it will be like when you try them in a chamber of thousands of LEDs! With a personal message of thanks drawn on them by the team.
- Individually hand-made geometric mirror pendants - Beautiful, kaleidoscopic design and made from the mirrored acrylic from the chamber by our very own Emily, packed in a special box made with playa prints by Lucy.
- Your name or message on the walls - come and see your name or another message of your choice etched into the geometric patterns which will be carved into the outside walls. Also includes a pair of heart diffraction glasses.
- Book a head massage in the chamber - Indulge in the ultimate relaxation as you lie back and take in a kaleidoscopic sky while you drift into a 20min Indian head massage from our very own Lucy. With this reward, you get the full pack of other rewards - your name or other message etched on to the sides of the chamber, a boxed geometric pendant and some heart diffraction glasses.
Risks and challenges
We're confident that we shouldn't face any obstacles once the project is fully funded. The idea has been tried by artists in Japan in a similar form (although not such an immersive experience) and we have tested with a small scale prototype. In addition, we're building the installation as part of the Ooligan Alley theme camp, which has been a stalwart of the burn for 5 years. As a result we have existing and good relationships with suppliers of materials, a ready workshop and transport into the desert, plus the build skills necessary. We've been frantically planning, designing and testing our ideas for the last few months and we're confident we can pull off every aspect of this project.
One small risk is the heat inside the chamber. We are factoring this in to the build in terms by creating limited airflow through the structure - without allowing too much dust in that will dirty the mirrors. We anticipate that there's a possibility the room may be too hot for use in the day. However, if that's the case, then it's something we're fine with: more impetus to use it at night.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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