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Return the Bathroom Beacons to Burning Man in 2013— brighter, blinkier, and more fun than ever!

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. 

Fabulous in 2012
Fabulous in 2012

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.

Reverend Billy rolls a strike at The Toilet Bowl in 2012. Photo by Erik McGregor.
Reverend Billy rolls a strike at The Toilet Bowl in 2012. Photo by Erik McGregor.

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.

Twisted Bristles conceptual design and bristle bunch prototypes lit up.
Twisted Bristles conceptual design and bristle bunch prototypes lit up.

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.

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    Sticky Sticker. The super awesome, extremely sticky, official Bathroom Beacons sticker featuring our 2013 logo. Should arrive by Aug 21 in USA.

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    Hooping Class with Stefan. You can't bring a hoop into a portapotty, but you can bring one to Stefan's class. Get admission to one class with this reward. The one-hour class is held every Monday at 8pm at 344 East 14th Street in NYC. Must redeem within one year. Visit groovehoops.com for more info. + Sticker

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    Potty Pass. Our most coveted reward on playa from 2012 is back with our new logo! Skip the bathroom line with the Bathroom Beacons Potty Pass-- a wooden nickel that admits bearer to the front of the pack. Comes with ball-link chain to attach to your keys, jacket, necklace, or whatever you like! May not work at all bathrooms. Should arrive by Aug 21 in USA.

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    Yoga class at Om Factory. Bowels in a knot? Try a yoga class to ease into the flow. Receive a guest pass to join a yoga class with Jewels at Om Factory NYC between now and 10/31. + Sticker

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    Carabiner mug. A playa necessity! Never miss out on a cold, refreshing beverage offer again when you carry our convenient carabiner mug with lid, featuring the Beacons 2013 logo. Should arrive by Aug 21 in USA. +Sticker

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    Carabiner mug. A playa necessity! Never miss out on a cold, refreshing beverage offer again when you carry our convenient carabiner mug with lid featuring the Beacons 2013 logo. Will ship after the Burn, as the mug distributor is backordered until late Aug. + Sticker

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    Handmade Steel and Leather bracelets by Gaylen Hamilton. These beauties went like hotcakes in our 2012 Kickstarter! They've got that stylish leather fashonista thing going on along with that super butch steel thing. + Sticker

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    Spark Movie DVD. Get your own copy of the new Bman documentary everyone has been talking about! More details on the movie here: http://www.sparkpictures.com

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    Bowling Shirt. You'll be the hit of the lanes with your own Toilet Bowl bowling shirt! It's a red and black retro bowling shirt with the Bathroom Beacons 2013 logo on the back, plus your name embroidered on the front. Sizes are in Men's M, L, XL, 2XL or 3XL. We'll get your name and size after the campaign ends.

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    Beacon Bristle Lamp. Sure to be the biggest thing in decorative lighting since the Lava Lamp! One of the acrylic rod bristle bunches from Twisted Bristles is fashioned to stand up on end, backlit by LEDs that blink in fun patterns, just like Twisted. It's powered by an Arduino, so you can even write your own programs, if you've got supernerd powers. + Sticker

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    Private yoga class. Bowels in a knot? Try a yoga class to ease into the flow. Take a private yoga class with Jewels in NYC between now and 10/31. + Sticker

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    Red Carpet Portaservice. Join us on playa at the Beacons Wednesday afternoon Toilet Bowl Party, and our handsome concierges will find a nice stall for you, fill it with TP, air it out with air freshener, and stand guard keeping the potty-razzi at bay while you do your business. How you "go" on schedule is up to you. On playa only! + Sticker

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    League Night at the Toilet Bowl Lanes. A private 2 hour bowling party for you and 10 of your newest Playa buddies. Complete with matching bowling shirts, frosty beverages and all the services the Bathroom Beacons crew can offer. On playa only! + Sticker

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