About this project
Don’t you hate wandering across the inner-playa at night in hopes of finding a bathroom? Let the Bathroom Beacons light your way!
The Bathroom Beacons make it easier to find the portapotties at night with three unique art installations located the Temple and the 3:00 & 9:00 promenades. Each installation is lit at night to guide you to the nearest restroom, while contributing to the unique artistic aesthetic of Burning Man– quirky, ironic, amusing, interactive, beautiful, and blinky!
Better, Brighter, and Blinkier than ever!
In 2013, we're bringing back upgraded versions of our two favorite beacons from last year-- Welcome to Fabulous (thanks in part to an honorarium grant from Burning Man!) as well as The Toilet Bowl lanes. And we have a NEW beacon for 2013-- Twisted Bristles-- a 15' tall toilet brush with bristles that light up! Also new for 2013, we'll have special deep-cycle-battery-powered safety lights on the installations to ensure they stay visible to explorers and art cars alike, even when the generators don't want to cooperate.
Our budget the 2013 beacons is over $10,000, which includes upgrades, transportation, infrastructure, and the new beacon. This civic project will make a difference for each of the 55,000-plus participants at this year's Burn. If just 1 in 10 participants at the burn supports our Kickstarter, we'll have the funding we need to complete the upgrades and bring the Beacons back to the playa!
Thank you for supporting to the Bathroom Beacons. The bladder you save may be your own!
About the Installations
Welcome to Fabulous. Our flagship beacon from 2012 is back with a fresh coat of paint, plus a new professional marquee around its edge.
The Toilet Bowl. Everyone's favorite pastime while waiting for your friends at the potties is back, featuring upgrades to the ball return and new super-blinky full-color programmable LED light strips down the lanes that are sure to amuse, if not improve your game.
Twisted Bristles. Imagine a 15-foot tall toilet bowl brush with over 1200 bristles made of 18" acrylic rods, backlit by LEDs dancing in a variety of blissful patterns. That's Twisted Bristles! The prototype in the Beacon laboratory looks amazing-- this may be everyone's new favorite.
About the Rewards
You can learn more about our rewards and logo designs on this page.
About the Beacons Crew
The Beacons Crew is an NYC-based team, with support in San Fransisco. The Bathroom Beacons first lit the way to the portapotties on the inner playa in 2012 with "The Toilet Bowl," "Welcome to Fabulous," & "First Words." We create civic art that draws people together in unconventional places, lighting the way to a smile, new friends, and relief. The Beacons have been found at parties, fundraisers, and FIGMENT NYC, bringing some playa magic home to New York.
The video editing and production was done courtesy of the lovely and talented Mitch Gerbus. Find out more about him at www.mitchgerbus.com!
Risks and challenges
The biggest risk to the project is, of course, the location-- the Black Rock Desert, the adversity of which is why all of us go to Burning Man. The site of the installations is three hours from the nearest city, so if any supplies or materials are needed, we have a long trip back and can lose up to a day in travel. Plus the unpredictable weather of the Black Rock Desert can cause delays in our installation plans and damage the beacons themselves.
The Beacons crew on-playa consists of 10 people, many of whom are long-time burners experienced with delivering art projects at Burning Man. While much of what may come our way is unknown, we're experienced, up for the challenge, and dedicated to the success of the Beacons.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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