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$5,967
pledged of $15,000pledged of $15,000 goal
128
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 18 2014 2:55 AM UTC +00:00

About

Trey Ratcliff, Embrace
Trey Ratcliff, Embrace

Envisioned in May of 2012, Embrace at the time it felt like a dream. One which seemed so far off for a team of artists and builders from Reno. At that point in time our small team had built a couple small projects and had a bit of success with a little pier we did at Burning Man in 2011 (which is where our name "The Pier Group" originated).

The Original Pier
The Original Pier

The Pier led to the obvious sequel "Pier 2". Which, unknown to most people, was a practice run for a much larger project. We all together had a belief that we could create a group of regular people that could achieve anything we put our minds to. And in the progress of building La Llarona we learned exactly how true the idea was. For us the success of the second pier made real the dream to pursue Embrace!

Pier 2 and the ship, La Llorona
Pier 2 and the ship, La Llorona

In November of 2013 we started building our wildest of ideas, two 7 story people in an embrace. A pair of sculptures, from wood towering over the dessert landscape of Burning Man as a reminder of everyone we have loved and lost. Embrace was a building, a journey through ones relationships, body and mind and ultimately out of ones head and into space. It was an absurd proposition. 100 friends would come together with 140,000 lbs of wood, raise over $220,000 and build a temporary structure on the same scale as the statue of liberty in the middle of one of the harshest deserts in the world for 70,000 people to enjoy over 1 week! The idea was beautiful, stunning and patently ridiculous.

And guess what? We did it!

Scott Londons photo of Embrace.
Scott Londons photo of Embrace.
Embrace at night
Embrace at night
Inside Embrace, the heart.
Inside Embrace, the heart.

Embrace was the most amazing thing I have ever done in my life. It started as a dream and has remained a dream the entire time. It was by far the hardest thing I had ever done and I think most of our team agrees. Embrace inspired so many weddings, and engagements, it offered all of us a place to reflect on love and life and relationships. I hope Embrace serves to spark the creation of a new tradition at Burning Man, one of a space dedicated to our relationships in the moment, a celebration of all of the people that have affected our lives. 

And then we got to burn it!

Embrace Burn from the air
Embrace Burn from the air
Embrace Burn By Trey Ratcliff
Embrace Burn By Trey Ratcliff

I don't think I can properly explain the emotions associated with burning the piece. It was possibly the first time I have felt a new emotion in my adult life, a complex combination of Joy, Loss, Love and Release all bound together pulling at my heart, my mind and my stomach. I heard stories from friends in the crowd of 30,000 people gathered around crying, laughing and smiling as our testimony to love burned to the ground. 

And then it was gone,...

The Pier Group worked on Embrace for 2 years. 2 years of blood, sweat and tears. Our team broke bones, healed and rescued lost kittens from inside of embrace (try story). And we are ready to move on to our next project: Generator Phase 2.

Before we can start Generator Phase 2, a 5.5 acre art park and industrial arts center in downtown Reno we need to finish funding Embrace. We successfully raised $180,000 towards our goal of $220,000! This kickstarter is meant to raise about $15,000 of our $40,000 shortfall. We have a huge array of rewards for our kickstarter backers with most of them only available to people like you!

And I will let you in on a little secret,... we are planning to build Embrace again, as a permanent structure in RENO!!! 

Embrace, 10 minutes after we announced we finished it!
Embrace, 10 minutes after we announced we finished it!
Android Jones art: Embrace
Android Jones art: Embrace

Risks and challenges

Embrace has come and gone. Its memory is carried through the wind. Our team is exhausted. But we still need to raise $40,000 to finish funding the project. We built Embrace as a gift to our amazing community and we need our amazing community to help us. The Pier Group consists of over 100 artists and it would be great to show all of them that we are not on our own creating art for everyone to enjoy.

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    Embrace stickers!!! Who doesn't love stickers? You know, they stick to stuff... and things. Also our love and gratitude forever.

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    All the stickers. Yep, one of each, Embrace, Embrace Burn and Generator stickers.

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    Embrace Burn Coozies. Keep your drinks cool and show off your support to all of your friends who may enjoy a beverage or two or three.

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    Get a custom Embrace bandanna! Keep the sweat out of your eyes, protect your face from dust, look pretty cool while doing that stuff. Embrace your face!

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    Embrace Burn Bandana. Its red, with the burning embrace logo!

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    Sassy Embrace Booty Shorts! Some people like to keep their booty covered. Bonus- they look great on the floor. Not just for ladies.

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    Bootie shorts and Bandana!!! Get one of each, and choose if you want the regular embrace schwag or the embrace burn shwag.

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    Already got your bottom covered? Time to cover your top!! Wearing an Embrace t-shirt is a great way to show your love. They make awesome gifts, too! Black, 100% Cotton (because we think it should last, and put out fires)

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    Bronze Embrace Medallion. These beautiful bronze embrace medallions are the same ones the Embrace crew wore. Classic solid bronze.

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    COMBO- Shirt and Medallion. Do you want both a shirt and a medallion? Do you want to save $20 and still support us? Embrace shirt and Embrace Medallion.

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    HOODIES!!!! Everyone loves an awesome hoodie. Especially in the desert at night. We have awesome 100% cotton black hoodies with the embrace logo on the front and the back. Just make sure to put your name on it, because people really love them!

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    Combo: Hoodie and Medallion. Stay warm with a coveted Embrace hoodie during the night and show off your bronze Embrace Medallion during the day.

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    COMBO- Hoodie, Shirt and Medallion. Here they are, the 3 pieces of schwag everyone wants together! Be that guy. No seriously, we want to build this and you need new clothes.

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    SUPER COMBO- Hoodie, Shirt, Medallion, Booty Shorts and the Bandana. You can run around half naked during the day and then dress up at night. Or, you could just share it with friends and save a bunch of money together!

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    Burning Embrace was an emotional experience for the entire Embrace crew. Matthew Schultz, the lead artist of embrace will paint a single oil painting, a memory of a thousand emotions set in color and canvas.

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    Android Jones created a stunning piece of art based on Embrace called,...Embrace! Only 2 of these 40 inch x 60 inch limited canvas prints are available. Signed by Android Jones and Matthew Schultz (lead artist of Embrace).

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    1 signed "Embrace" by Android Jones 40 x 60 inch metal print. Artwork on metal looks absolutely stunning, the colors radiate off the surface of the metal creating an iridescent effect. This one of a kind piece captures the magic of Android Jones vision of Embrace like none other.

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    30'' Layered Embrace Model. This is a big one. We will be so overwhelmingly grateful to a donor of this magnitude, we will be presenting you with the original wooden model of Embrace! Laser cut birch wood layers stack to form the gorgeous silhouette of Embrace, this model is a stunningly impressive art piece on its own.

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    A one of a kind, beautiful hand sculpted bronze Embrace. 24" tall. Only one will be made by Mischell Riley. Own one of the most beautiful pieces of art we have produced. A lasting dedication to an amazing piece of art.

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Funding period

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