According to religious texts, Leviathan represents an enormous sea monster. In other stories, it also symbolizes a politically totalitarian state with a vast bureaucracy. We were inspired by this idea, but wanted to make something new and unique, so we wrote our own myth about a people, living in a harsh desert land, banding together to slay an oppressive murderous creature that lurked beneath the sand, the Nahtaivel. We then used this myth to inform the design of our sculpture, which represents the Nahtaivel in all aspects of its existence. It calls upon the viewer to be conscious of the struggles in their own realm, while recognizing the power of solidarity. You can read the full myth here!
The Tomb will consist of three main components: the base, the tower, and the skeleton of the Nahtaivel. The base of the Tomb is an octagonal chamber, composed of faceted panels and gothic inspired archways, all supported by a modular steel structure. The walls of this chamber are decorated with a code, which tells the narrative of the tomb and leads the viewer through its interactive elements. A series of flying buttresses extend out and around this structure, creating the tower, around which the skeleton of the creature will rest. In the center of the tomb the skull of the beast, sits on an alter, and hidden its mouth is a decoder. Participant will use the decoder to translate a code and gain access to secret compartments, full of surprises. To add layer of interactivity, our friends from the House of Yes will be gracing the tomb with their talents during burn week.
(from left to right, Eric Coolidge Hannah MacDonald & Eric Whitney)
Bringing a large scale sculpture to Burning Man has been a goal of ours for a long time. As artists and fabricators we have always found inspiration at Burning Man (in the artwork and the incredible landscape) and as a part of the Burning Man community, we have always wanted to contribute and participate in this way. This year’s theme, Radical Ritual, demand some kind of temple, or place of worship, so we put our heads together and brainstormed a list of what this inspired in us.
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Budget Break down
The Tomb of Nahtaivel is an Honorarium Project, which has recieved partial funding from Burning Man, but we have a long ways to go. You can see what this 20k is going towards.
Build Materials- $3,500
Hardware & Consumables - $1,000
CNC Work - $3,000
Lighting & Electrical - $2,500
Power - $1,000
Hidden Compartment Components - $1,000
Transportation - $8,000
Total - $20,000
Almost all of the CNC plasma cutting and structural metal work it done! We have gothic arches assembled, and are working on putting the flying buttresses together today. Feels so good! Next week we'll start CNC milling the spine (vertabea by vertabrea) and painting!
Grateful to have Hannah, one of our project leads, back in the shop after two weeks of severe poison ivy! Also we started painting!!!!!!
Risks and challenges
Transportation: This is actually our biggest challenge. We are based in Brooklyn and our goal is to get everything to BRC in one 26ft box truck. This means everything has to pack flat and the total weight of our sculpture and tools has to be as minimal as possible. Those mountains are going to be ROUGH!
Time: We are racing the clock to fabricator all of the intricate peices of the sculpture in time to drive them to Black Rock City. We have an awesome crew of skilled artists and fabricators, but life happens. For example one of our designers got some serious poison oak exposure last week an hasn't been able to help build in a week. Luckily she is stil able to work digitally from home, but loosing a pair of hands at the shop hasn't helped our timeline.
Funding: Erecting a 25 ft scupture in the desert isn't exactly easy, but we're honestly less worried about that than raising the money to do it! Please share this page and spread the love!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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