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About this project

Phi, also known as the Golden Ratio is a magical proportion that can be rationalized in monumental art, architecture and even in nature. Some believe that Phi is connected to how humans distinguish beauty at a subconscious level. 

The Stage

The creative team, Union Phi, will construct a 15 foot metal sculpture of the lowercase Greek letter that represents this mathematical phenomenon. The structural steel frame, clad in recycled sheet and plate steel, will create a cavity from the base to the peak of Phi. 

The Burn

Union Phi will fill the sculpture each day of Burning Man with wood and burn Phi at precise times that follows the ratio. This gesture will symbolize and honor the fellow spirits of Burning Man past present and future. A stone tablet perched atop an elevated podium will ensure that this gesture of a collective cleansing burn will be as honorable as the magic of Phi. 

Join Union Phi in this quest to honor and celebrate the spirit of the playa and most importantly, the individual spirit of you that is... Union Phi.

Union Phi

Union Phi is a collaborative group of passionate and creative individuals that transform the eccentric thoughts we all have rattling around in our imaginations by physically manifesting them into beautiful and inspirational art that connects us all at a basic human level. With our collective experience of the playa and beyond, Union Phi is developing two large scale sculptures for Burning Man 2014. This Kickstarter campaign is known as "Phi", but please explore our other project known as "Nails, The Contraption" which is running in parallel to this campaign. 

Risks and challenges

The challenges are many in a project of this scale, especially where we will be physically installing this piece (Black Rock City on the playa). Union Phi has several core members that have participated and have personally created and installed multiple installations at Burning Man over the years and as recently as last year (2013). Union Phi has been developing and coordinating this particular project over the past three months which includes developing renderings, a scale model, working drawings and coordination with a Nevada State engineer. Union Phi has multiple contingency options for every phase of the project. For example, we have priced structural steel from multiple commercial suppliers and are currently coordinating options to use steel components from salvage opportunities. Another example is the technical abilities of our crew. We have multiple options at the fabrication and installation levels as our experience on the playa has taught us to work in a communal way.

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    Every supporter is important to us! By joining us at this level, you will get a solid Shout Out on our Facebook project page.

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    Come have a drink with us on the playa! We are going old-school and sending you Union Phi Wooden Nickels that are redeemable for a tasty beverage in the hot desert sun. We will also give you a shout out on our Facebook page!

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    Show your support everyday with a Union Phi Wristband! Arm art is all the rage, and nothing says you care more than a public display of support. With the wristband, you will also receive retro Wooden Nickels (good for drinks from Union Phi) and a Shout Out on Facebook.

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    What everyone needs on the Playa... a Koozie to keep those mountains blue! Receive a custom Union Phi logo drink Koozie, Wooden Nickels to exchange for a drink from Union Phi, a Union Phi Wristband, and a solid Shout Out on our Facebook project page.

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    Form AND Function are key components to accessorizing your outfit on the playa. We have just what you need... a PLAYA RAG! Wear it to keep the sun off your neck and/or your your head. Wear it around your neck like a bandanna, and pull it over your mouth with the dust kicks up. It is the perfect utilitarian and desert fashionista piece that will be the envy of all your friends! Additionally, you'll get everything mentioned above.... What Could Be Better???!
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    YOUR NAME IN FLAMES:
    We will weld your name on the structure and it will burn repeatedly during the event. You will also receive everything above.

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    PERSONAL ART FOR YOUR FIRE:
    Receive your own tabletop version of the sculpture that you can either leave out, as it is a work of art! Or you can place it in your own fireplace or firepit as re-burnable art! Very cool stuff! Made from plate steel, you can add art to every fire. You will also receive everything listed above! What could be better?!

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    PROTOTYPE SCALE MODEL IS YOURS!
    You can take home the actual scale model that was used in the videos and as part of the submittal to Burning Man HQ for art approval. Of course you also get everything listed above and are featured as our top sponsor on the website!

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- (60 days)