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 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.
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 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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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