We have conceived of and are building a Rolling Church on a truck, with a vibrant, radically illuminated mushroom, 30 feet high and visible from far, far away. Envision a wooden pioneer church with a steeple rising out of its red roof, topped by a crow's nest and crowned with this magnificent mushroom, a wire sculpture covered with several thousand LED lights. The white church completely conceals the vehicle, a flatbed truck, and is also vividly outlined by light.
Approaching the church entrance, you ascend the stairs and enter the building itself to find a glowing, relaxing room for reflection and contemplation, strewn with colorful pillows with a signing wall on one side. Turning to your right a stairway leads up to an outside deck where you stand towering 18 feet over the Playa. From here we send sound and light out over the desert floor. Wherever we stop, people gather to dance, celebrate and create their own experiences within the church and atop it. We anticipate the community will approach us with their desires for ritual of their own.
We are veteran burners, a camp of all sorts; builders and welders, electricians and a lighting engineer, photographers, teachers, lawyers and a hairstylist and a web designer Our time at Burning Man has given us all so much; our relationships, experiences and the joy of gifting that builds a city of 70,000 people. So now is the time for us to give back in a way that embodies our appreciation and creates a captivating, enchanting, moving piece of art. With this money we will take the truck, weld a frame of support for the walls and platform, build walls and windows, bolt a steel pole to truck bed up through the deck and into the mushroom high above, paint and then light with programmable LEDs. Our glowing vision will come to life!
As a mushroom grows from the decay of its host, our church represents the transformation of Old rituals into New ceremonies. Dance your way onto our car, bring your own joyful attitude and vigorous enthusiasm! Help us Kickstart this Tree of Life, this Light in the Sky and spread Love and Light across the Playa and beyond. Thank you for your donation ❤️
Check on our progress here: http://thechurchoftheopenmind.org
Risks and challenges
We have the challenge of getting a large church building built onto a truck base, pre-assembling and then disassembling before departure to Burning Man and then repeating the process up on the playa. The structure will need to be fully illuminated for night operation with a sound system to complete the vision. Each one of these processes has a core group of us working on all aspects. Fundraising, Design, Licensing, Legal and Driving protocol, Truck retrofit, Building crew, Mushroom crew, Lighting and Electrical crew, Sound, Painting, and Interior Finish. Of course, things will go off schedule and cause on-the-fly changes but we are a very supportive and hard-working group who will rise to the challenges that come along with a project of this magnitude. With Your help and our determination, we will achieve our goal and birth this magnificent vehicle into the world.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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