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New Goal $25000 for FIRE CANNONS. A Mighty Spanish Galleon has collided with the Pier leaving a lost wreck for exploration and,..

***If we can get our Kickstarter to raise $25,000 then we can add 8 fire cannons to the ship! Yep, I said it, fire cannons.

We received an incredibly kind donation of all the supplies and equipment needed to make it happen. We just need to buy some hoses, connectors and a whole bunch of fuel!!! Of course, another $5000 won't be easy to raise. I had kind of given up on the idea, but a little glimmer of hope has returned :) ***

Last year 25 great friends came together to build a 300 foot long third world pier in the middle of the Black Rock Desert for Burning Man. We all thought the idea was pretty cool but we were unsure of how well everyone else would receive it. Much to our surprise the people of Black Rock City seemed to adore The Pier and we were asked to bring it back!

We were absolutely honored and well a little intimidated. How do we follow a beloved art project like The Pier? We didn't simply want to return with the same art unchanged. We all sat down and really tried to pinpoint what made The Pier magical. After a bit of asking around I think we found what we were looking for. The Pier resonated with people because it was a launchpad for imagination, it was a destination that was easily accessible, simple, a place where anyone could go and share in an imagined sense of nostalgia.

"How can we capture this sense of wonder and play and build on it?"

Like a ship out of the fog it came to us. "Lets ram a massive full scale Spanish galleon into the end of The Pier."

Pier 2 consists of 2 major sculptures: The Pier and The Ship. The Pier itself is much like it was last year. A massive Pier rising out of the desert, built by the hands of an imagined people doing their best to carve out a life in a hostile land. As people approach The Pier it seems unchanged, however time has a way of distorting even the best memories. The end of The Pier is mangled, the last 50 feet twisting side to side, desperately rebuilt, kept together by a messy patch work of poles and beams. At its end a mighty shipwreck towers over The Pier.

The Ship is 60 feet long, 20 feet tall at the tip of its keel and 12 feet wide. In its heyday it was a beautiful vessel, the pride of any fleet. However now, it sits cut wide open and wounded, clinging to its grand past. The hull of the ship is covered with beautiful wood work and embellishments. The mighty maiden head looks out upon the playa as if willing the ship to push forward. Tattered sails whip about in the wind suspended by the galleons 60 foot main mast.

The Ship is the harbinger of a great tale of life, exploration and death. We will populate the ship with clothing, trinkets and journals that tell a grand story. The basic idea is that as participants explore the three levels of the ship's interior (Hull, Crew Deck, Main Deck) the story of its inhabitants will come to life. Hand-written journals will present unique perspectives; maps and trinkets will speak of grand adventure; and personal heirlooms will reveal the inner motivations of the crew. 

We were honored to be selected as an honorarium art project for Burning Man 2012 this year. And while we have received a generous grant we still have a good bit of money to raise. Building a full scale Spanish galleon with a rebuilt 300ft pier is not an easy task. Our crew of 50 dedicated volunteers will work close to full time for the next 4 months to built the ship, write the journals and craft the small details that will bring this ship to life. We need to acquire over 2 kilometers of rope, 3 45 foot telephone poles, 13 tons of wood, 3 skeletons, 30 laterns, 6 cannons, 20 hammocks, and all the supplies to make around 1000 props,... This is a big project.

The Pier was the first step in bringing a massive dream to life, Pier 2 is the realization of that dream. We are planning to return the ship to the real world after Burning Man with the hopes of finding a permanent public home for the sculpture for everyone to experience and explore. And we hope the connections we have all built over the last 2 years working on this project will help foster a stronger and more prolific public art community in the Reno area and the rest of Northern Nevada and Northern California.

I would like to humbly say Thank you,

Matt Schultz / Janky one of the artists of The Pier Group.

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    A hand written thank you along with a couple Pier stickers. You love stickers, and we will most likely draw little pictures on the notes :).

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    Bandanas are already pretty amazing. But when you add the Pier Group Logo to them they get that much better. We will send you a pair of Pier stickers and a custom Pier Group Bandana.

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    This one is for the ladies. We will send you a sexy pair of custom Pier Group Women's Boy Shorts a 2 Pier stickers.

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    Leave your mark off playa with a Pier 2 t-shirt. A black cotton shirt with white Pier Group logo on the back. Includes 2 Pier Stickers and our sincerest thank you.

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    We thought hand made Pier Medallions would be really cool. And you know what, they are! This reward includes 1 hand made pier medallion and a couple stickers. Get them while they last!

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    You know you want a Pier 2 Hoodie. Stay warm on and off playa with a 100% cotton black Pier 2 Hoodie. We will put a couple Pier stickers in the pockets.

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    Hoodie and a medallion. This is a pretty awesome combo that includes 1 limited edition hand made Pier Medallion and a Pier Hoodie.

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    The Pier Schwag Package - We heard you wanted a hoodie, the medallion, a t-shirt, a bandana and the boy shorts plus some stickers. Well, this is the reward for you.

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    One, hand drawn illustration of you, or someone else riding a dinosaur and The Pier schwag package. I will draw you on a dinosaur, it may be the most awesome drawing ever, or a sketch, it really depends on what kind of mood I am in ;)

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    We are going to make a very limited run of 10 40x60 inch Pier photo transfers on the oak planks from the original Pier. Each piece will be hand signed by the photographer with a special message talking about the photo and their relationship with the project. Includes a handful of Pier stickers.

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    1 beautiful, hand made, leather bound edition of the ships log that includes the contents of each of the 7-9 crew journals found in The Ship. This is a rare and unique item, meant to bring the story of The Ship together in one cohesive volume. The book will be signed by all of the authors of the journals and individually numbered.

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    2 Pier schwag packages! 2 hoodies, 2 shirts, 2 bandanas, 2 medallions, 2 boy shorts and 1 drawing of you riding 2 dinosaurs!!!

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    Private Art Car tour 2 - Our other good friend Jerry Snyder has also donated an art car ride on, The Ohh Bee-Hive, also a 3 hour tour for 2 in his mutant vehicle during Burning Man. This is valid for any day of the event excluding Friday or Saturday. This reward also includes 2 Pier hoodies and stickers.

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    Private Art Car tour 1 - Our good friend Spoono drives one of the oldest art cars on the Playa, The Spirit of Wonka, and he has kindly donated a 3 hour tour for 2 in his Mutant Vehicle during Burning Man. This is valid for any day of the event excluding Friday or Saturday. This reward also includes 2 Pier hoodies and stickers.

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    The Original Bait Shop Sign - Yes, you read that right. We will give you the Original "Pappy's Master Bait Shoppe" sign. This is the same sign that was used on Playa for The Pier and will be used on Pier 2. Its a custom hand made sign by our great friend and amazing artist Kendall Knowles. This reward includes a Pier Hoodie and Stickers. If you choose this reward you will need to arrange to pick up the piece in Reno, NV. or arrange shipping yourself.

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    Ready-to-go Playa Bike! Your custom-made, recycled, refurrrbished ride will include: LED light-up rims, a small cooler for cold beers and whatnot, a cable with key and lock, and lots of fur! Best of all: it will be delivered to the Playa and ready to roll when you get to BRC! After the burn, use your new whip on late-night bar hops.

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    NAME THE SHIP - Yep, I said it. You can name the ship. Have you ever wanted to name a ship after your beloved Mum, your first love, or maybe a silly imagined woman? This reward includes the rights to name the ship. 2 invites to the "launching ceremony" in Reno before we leave for the Playa (you will get to break a bottle of wine on the Bow) and 2 of the Pier Schwag Packages.There are some limits to the name. 1. Must confirm to Burning Man guidelines (no company names or sponsorships) 2. Have fun but please keep the name PG13 (no swearing) 3. We reserve the right to reject a name and ask for another within reason. We made a master bait shoppe last year so you still have a lot of room to play. :)

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