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El Pulpo Mecanico is a 25 ft. tall Octopus that shoots 30 ft. flames from the animated tentacles. Built from recycled scrap metal.
El Pulpo Mecanico is a 25 ft. tall Octopus that shoots 30 ft. flames from the animated tentacles. Built from recycled scrap metal.
142 backers pledged $6,730 to help bring this project to life.

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El Pulpo Mecanico, the giant Flaming Octopus "Rides Again!" at Burning man 2012.

Thanks so much for helping support our project! You can still donate and push us even farther over our minimum goal so we can shoot even more BIG FIRE longer on the Playa. Thanks for the help and we'll see you in the dust!

$2,000. will go toward the purchase of propane for the 7 nights at burning man. $2,000 will go toward shipping, and fuel to transport El Pulpo Mecanico to Black Rock City Nevada and back to it's home in Eureka California. Anything extra is greatly appreciated and will bring even more fire for even longer on the playa for 2012!

El Pulpo Mecanico was built in Arcata California, Humboldt County. The mechanical octopus was designed and created by artist Duane Flatmo and the spectacular fire effects and electrical systems were created by Steve Gellman. Our good friend Jerry Kunkel came on board with his expertise in building and electrical to round out the group.

The "El Pulpo" is a combination of art and technology melded together. We built this knowing that it would be fun to watch as the giant cam spun up through the center moving the tentacles and eyes in and out while fire spewed from the tentacles and head. No hydraulics or computers were used in this contraption. We built the sculpture primarily out of recycled and used junk found at our local scrap yard.

A special thanks to Bonnie Connor who worked out a trade with us to have full access to her wonderful place... Arcata Scrap and Salvage.

The truck we started with, was a 1973 Ford 250 4x4 donated by Jack Freeman of Eureka. The project took three and a half months to complete with the help of many friends. Bob Thompson, Greg Ester, Brian Slayton, Carl Mueller and Lucas Thornton all helped on the project and we thank them!

The crowds at Burning Man blessed us with many kind words and frightened faces as we fired her up each night. The sculpture used 200 gallons of propane per night and lit up the playa as far as the eye could see. Look for her again in 2012... she'll be crawling all over the playa again with your help!

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    you will get an awesome high gloss full color postcards + sticker pack that you can
    show all your friends and make them jelly

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    $100 you will get everything above plus a rad, hand signed Full color 32 page kinetic booklet featuring
    Duane Flatmo's 30 years of Kinetic Sculpture Racing.

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    $250 you will get everything above plus a limited edition 100% cotton full color el puplo
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    $500 you get everything above plus a one of a kind hand made El Pulpo Mecanico bracelet made of black simulated leather and "El Pulpo
    Mecanico" hand stamped in aluminum

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    $1000 you get it all! everything above plus the ultimate experience on
    the playa! A two hour ride on El Puplo Mecanico (not valid for sat or sun). We will come by your camp and pick up you
    and three of your friends for a 2 hr fun filled tour of the playa...
    anywhere you want to go! Feel the warmth and enjoy the experience first hand. Plus amazing secret gift!!!!!

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