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Return the Bathroom Beacons to Burning Man in 2014— brighter, blinkier, and more fun than ever! Read more

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Return the Bathroom Beacons to Burning Man in 2014— 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 are three large-scale art installations that serve as bathroom signs-- and make it easier to find the portapotties on the inner-playa at night. Each installation is high in the air and brightly 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!  You can check out a  video of the Beacons in action at Burning Man 2013 below. 

Now with even more fun and blink in every beacon! 

In 2014, we're bringing back the three beacons from last year, with some serious lighting and solar upgrades as we explain below.  Our budget the 2014 beacons is over $15,000, which includes upgrades, solar infrastructure, transportation, and maintenance. While we are Burning Man honorarium grant recipients again this year, the grants do not cover all of our costs. This civic project will make a difference for each of the 70,000-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 checking out our Kickstarter. The bladder you save may be your own! 

About the Installations

The Toilet Bowl. Everyone's favorite bowling alley is coming back, featuring a remodeled sign with backlit lettering and a bright red marquis arrow, along with redesigned full-color LED gutters, and sensors along the gutters and pins for an interactive surprise for bowlers!

The Toilet Bowl
The Toilet Bowl


Twisted Bristles
. Imagine a 20-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! Twisted Bristles is returning with some spiffy new lighting patterns and solar powered batteries-- our first solar beacon! 

Twisted Bristles- Day and Night
Twisted Bristles- Day and Night

Welcome to Fabulous. Our flagship beacon is back with its neon star and beautiful marquis-- ready to guide you to your #1 and #2 destination on the playa.

Fabulous!
Fabulous!

About the Rewards

You see what our rewards look like on this Facebook page.  

Special thanks to Spruetech for providing the pin necklaces.

 Here's what the 2014 logo looks like:

About the Beacons Crew

The Beacons Crew is an NYC-based team, with support in San Francisco. The Bathroom Beacons first lit the way to the porta-potties on the inner playa in 2012 with "The Toilet Bowl," "Welcome to Fabulous," & "First Words," and have received three Burning Man honorarium art grants since then. 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 Splinter.

The Toilet Bowl at night: 3000 programmable LEDs!
The Toilet Bowl at night: 3000 programmable LEDs!

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.

This is our third time bringing the Beacons to the playa. They've been tested at home and in the desert. The Beacons crew on-playa consists of 12 people, many of whom are long-time burners experienced with building the Beacons, as well as delivering other 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 2014 logo. Delivery in US by Aug 16.

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    Potty Pass. Our popular keepsake potty pass is back with our 2014 logo! Skip the bathroom line with the Bathroom Beacons Potty Pass-- a wooden nickel that admits bearer to the front of the potty line. Comes with ball-link chain to attach to your keys, jacket, necklace, or whatever you like! May not work at all bathrooms. + Sticker. Delivery in US by Aug 16.

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    Potty Survival Kit. Don't leave it to chance that the porta-potties will be ready for your arrival-- bring the Bathroom Beacons survival kit with you! Featuring a tissue pack (for TP), hand sanitizer featuring our 2014 logo on a playa-friendly carabiner, a Floralyte LED to inspect the seat, and our Potty Pass to skip the line, you'll be ready for (almost) anything that comes your way. + Sticker. Delivery in US by Aug 16.

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    Ladies Tank Top. Show your Beacon love in this light heather grey tank top with our 2014 logo in black. This flowy tank has an A-line body with shirring along the racerback seam and is designed with flowy movement in mind, right down to the merrowed hem. Women's sizes only. + Sticker & Potty Pass. Ships after the Burn.

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    T-shirt. Show your Beacon love in this black t-shirt with our 2014 logo in white, hand-screened by a Beacons crew member. + Sticker & Potty Pass. Ships after the Burn.

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    Brass Trophy Necklace by Spruetech. Let all your friends know you won by proudly showing off your handmade Bathroom Beacons (safety) third place trophy. This solid brass piece features a celebratory red, white, and blue ribbon for wearing about the neck when not displaying at home on your awards shelf. This original piece was specially made by Spruetech for the Beacons. +Sticker & Potty Pass! Ships after the Burn.

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    Handmade Steel and Leather bracelets by Gaylen Hamilton. These beauties went like hotcakes in our previous Kickstarters! They've got that stylish leather fashonista thing going on along with that super butch steel thing. + Sticker & Potty Pass. Ships after the burn, when Gaylen gets around to it.

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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 2014 logo on the back. Sizes are in Men's M, L, XL or 2XL. + Sticker & Potty Pass. Delivery in US by Aug 16.

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    Dream Date with Gaylen! Let's face it, boy or girl, we've all wanted to go on a date with Gaylen. Here's your opportunity! Let Gaylen be your tour guide on a magical mystery tour of hidden Brooklyn hang out spots. You can bring your own bike, or he'll tote you around on his. + Sticker and Potty Pass. Brooklyn only. Delivered after the burn.

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    Red Carpet Portaservice. Join us on playa at the Beacons Tuesday 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 & Potty Pass

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    League Night at the Toilet Bowl Lanes. A 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! We've been offering this for years and no one has ever taken us up on it. We dare you. + Sticker & Potty Pass

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