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A 30' diameter, 80,000 lb steel and granite merry-go-round being built for Burning Man 2012. More info: http://tinyurl.com/7kaoewj Read more

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A 30' diameter, 80,000 lb steel and granite merry-go-round being built for Burning Man 2012. More info: http://tinyurl.com/7kaoewj

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Universe Revolves Around YOU is a new work by sculptor Zachary Coffin - a 30' merry go round made of granite and steel, slated to be built for Burning Man 2012. 

Universe is a work about inertia. The idea is to create a plaything, an object that allows YOU to interact with rolling mass equivalent to a loaded railroad freight car. In this case, the load is big slabs of stone, spinning boulders and a lot of humans.

This human-powered merry go round will have a moving weight of about 80,000lbs, plus people.  The ring will be surfaced with thick slabs of granite and two kinetic elements will add or subtract energy from the spinning ring. All mass in motion.

The total cost of building this piece is estimated at about $94,000. We've raised nearly $60,000, which leaves us with a total of $34,000 to raise. We are hoping to raise $17,000 through Kickstarter, and will gladly accept more. Thank you for checking out our project! Please share with your friends!

FAQ

  • We are in full production right now and have most of the steel in hand, the rocks in hand or in production. Now the big bills are coming due, hardware, precision steel plate, and most of all trucking. This is at least three semi-truck loads.

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  • Simply put, to give a new experience. This will allow an experience similar to hopping a moving train, without the risk of losing a leg to the wheels. There is a magic to a mass this large in low friction motion, and to think the people are what is powering it will be a unique feeling.

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  • Well, we don't. But it is very simple, if very heavy. There are engineers working on getting the rolling friction down to the absolute minimum. Though it will probably take more than one person to get it started, we are confident that 10 -12 people will have no problem and 8 will be able to keep it in motion without much difficulty. We have designed good handholds for up to 8 people to pull it while running at full speed. Should be a lot of fun.

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    Universe Undies

    Celebrate what the universe *really* revolves around with your own pair of sexy, comfy underthings - black cotton with the Universe seal right on your special spot.

    Options: black briefs or black cotton bikini

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    The Arbitrary Rock Camp Vist

    As part of this sculpture, Zach has selected a boulder which he calls the Arbitrary Rock. It is of the sculpture and not of the sculpture. It is an odd rock that will move from place to place, exploring the boundaries of the universe beyond its railroad merry-go-round base.

    The Arbitrary Rock can visit YOUR CAMP on an arbitrary day for an arbitrary amount of time. The Heavy Equipment Division will deliver this rock to your camp with great fanfare and place it in your camp at an arbitrary location of your choosing (within the limits of our machines). If your camp can contribute an arbitrary amount (minimum of $517.43 please) to the building of the Universe Revolves Around YOU, your camp can have some quality time with the Arbitrary Rock. At the end of the event, you can even have Arbitrary Rock, take it home if you can figure out how to transport and unload it. Or not.

    Mustache for arbitrary rock available upon request.

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    Dinner in the center of the Universe

    Per couple.

    Join Zach and crew for a delicious candlelit dinner at the center of the sculpture, on the third day of the Burn. Gourmet bits to be prepared by chef Eva D. Struction. Wednesday August 29th, after dusk.

    Seating is of course limited at the center of the Universe.

    Sample menu:
    appetizer:
    braised pork belly with citrus-maple reduction with blood orange gastrique
    soup:
    roasted asparagus soup w. foie gras gelato & grilled lemons
    entree:
    salmon en papillote with dinosaur kale, baby carrots and aromatics in lemongrass beurre blanc
    new pebble potatoes with green garlic butter
    dessert:
    rose/clove spiced fruit phyllos in w1ne sauce w/marscapone cream and chocolate spikes
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