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Our twist on the age-old enchanted forest, Walkabout Woods will wow wanderers for a week at BurningMan 2011! We're Fishbon, a 501(c)(3)
Our twist on the age-old enchanted forest, Walkabout Woods will wow wanderers for a week at BurningMan 2011! We're Fishbon, a 501(c)(3)
164 backers pledged $8,089 to help bring this project to life.

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Thank you so much everyone! We are so so grateful!

But if you still want to pledge some money, PLEASE DO. $8000 was the minimum we thought we could get.

Every extra dollar we get now will make Walkabout Woods that much more richer and even cooler.

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NOTE: All donations are tax-deductible!

What is the overall vision? We recognize that getting lost in the woods is a common rite of passage that replays in many of our myths and stories. Likewise many indigenous traditions promoted a walkabout as a vital journey for individuals to find their place in the world. We wanted to marry these concepts, give them a Fishbon twist, and make them playa playful! Thus, Walkabout Woods is a highly interactive, all encompassing environment. When you enter it, you leave one world and are completely enveloped in another. WIthin this otherwhere, we invite you to experiment with your senses in curious ways. Ultimately, we hope that Walkabout Woods is a place where growth happens, where our conventional ideas and perceptions are turned on their heads. It's fun and it's weird and at the end we think you will leave a slightly different creature than you were when you entered.

What is the vision for the trees in the Forest? Naturally the forest isn't just a simple forest. There are an endless array of possibilities for things to be hidden deep in the woods. The forest is a place to meander, to get lost and found, and to discover hitherto unknown nooks and surprises. We intend to have a glade where all manner of events, from marriages to performances to spontaneous rituals, can take place. We want to send out an invitation to The Billion Bunny March to begin or end their parade in the woods. We will have a place where animaliens of the Playa can be pet and fed. In order to make this experience as rich as possible, we want to hear your ideas. After all, does the bear sh*t in the woods or not? Email all suggestions, ideas, proposals, and creative kookiness to jonahhaas@yahoo.com or leave a comment on our Facebook page.

What about the Boiler Room? What is it? The Boiler Room is the counter point to the woods. Made to look like cartoony riveted boiler plates with doors and controls to match, it contains a collection of interactive panels that all stress the idea of the feedback loop. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video must be that cubed. So here is some video of the Boiler Room in action, taken last year in Los Angeles  The Boiler Room Goes to Los Angeles

How does the Pyramid fit in? If the Boiler Room is the counter point to the Forest, the Pyramid is their amalgamation and synthesis. Physically, it will be a 20 foot tall tetrahedron, which is just a fancy word for a three-sided pyramid. We realized that regardless of whether or not we made it climbable that it would be climbed on anyway, so we are going ahead and making sure it will be structurally safe and sound with lots of good hand and footholds. Playa goers can enter the pyramid and interact with people on the outside while remaining invisible to them by way of a creatively engineered oneway mirror and microphone system. At the apex of the pyramid we intend to build in a variety of different scopes to make the playa look more warped and weird than it already is… if that's possible.

Why Walkabout Woods? Jonah originally came up with the idea for a forest-with-things-in-it as a Burning Man installation after we made a number of trees for a Fishbon Xmas event. Both Jonathan and Dominique immediately saw the potential and together they all fleshed out the idea. As with all good ideas, the more they talked about it, the more it started to develop its own life and trajectory and grew in richness and meaning.

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