Notice: Currently, Payments are down for 15 minutes of scheduled maintenance. During this time, you won't be able to pledge to any projects. We're sorry for the inconvenience. Things will be back up and running soon!

Share this project

Done

Share this project

Done
Awareness in Art: Bringing JUNK, a raft made from plastic bottles, to the Playa, and inviting viewers to share their reactions on film.
61 backers pledged $8,025 to help bring this project to life.

About

JUNK on the Playa - Burning Man Art, Music, & Film Project project video thumbnail
Replay with sound
Play with
sound

$8,025

61

“There is no room for waste, as a concept or a place.”

There has always been new land and neighbors to conquer, and endless sea and sky to absorb our pollution.  All of this is changing in our lifetimes. We desperately need new stories to guide us towards a sustainable future. Art, music, film, and personal narratives can show us the way.

The JUNKraft shows us that story. And Ben Lear's Rock Opera Lillian provides the soundtrack.

We plan to bring these stories to new audiences around the world, engaging tens of thousands of people in understanding the problem of plastic pollution, and getting involved in solutions, by bringing the JUNKraft to the Playa at Burning Man. Atop JUNKraft, singer/songwriter Ben Lear will perform his rock opera Lillian, sharing the story of plastic marine pollution through a haunting, lyrical narrative featuring a young man's discovery of loss and love amidst the "Great Pacific Garbage Patch". 

Here, we will shoot a short film for viral distribution, capturing people's reaction to the problem, their reflections on how to effect meaningful change, and our broader perspective on fostering a new ethic in the 21st century - that this concept of waste today is simply immoral. 

ABOUT JUNKRAFT: JUNKraft is a boat built from 15,000 plastic bottles that sailed across the Pacific Ocean in 2008 to bring attention to the issue of plastic marine pollution. The journey of JUNK took 3 months, with 2 men on board drifting 2600 miles from California to Hawaii, narrowly missing 3 hurricanes and risking life and limb to tell this story:

The world's oceans are covered with plastic trash, harming marine wildlife, and potentially impacting our own health. 

ABOUT 5 GYRES:  Since the voyage of JUNKraft in 2008, we created The 5 Gyres Institute  to research and bring awareness to the state of plastic in world's seas.  In April 2011, 5 Gyres completed the first global study of plastic in the world's oceans, concluding once and for all that plastic pollution is a global problem, impacting marine ecosystems and coastal communities around the world.

Disposable plastic waste, a byproduct of our ignorance and overconsumption, flows from land to sea through rivers and storm drains, getting stuck in massive, oceanic current systems called "gyres". Plastic accumulates in the gyres, breaking down into smaller and smaller fragments that are eaten by marine organisms. How might this affect human health?

WHAT WE WANT TO DO: We have a story to tell of a better future, and want to begin by bringing this message to Black Rock City, through a resurrection of the JUNK Raft on the playa, and a live performance of Lillian.

We will rebuild JUNKraft alongside our education exhibit, a museum quality kiosk on plastic pollution built from waste salvaged from Hurricane Katrina.

Standing atop the JUNKraft, Ben Lear and his band will perform Lillian, inspiring listeners to contemplate the metaphor of plastic waste through music and poetry. And stationed at the JUNKraft,  sailors and scientists from 5 Gyres will interact with visitors, answering questions, telling stories, and sharing ocean samples collected from all 5 Gyres. 

We will combine these mediums - art, music, and science through film, shooting a short piece on the experience.

WHY WE NEED KICKSTARTER FUNDS: We are requesting your support to transport JUNKraft, our education exhibit, and the musicians behind Lillian to the Playa, and to produce the short film. To transport the raft, we will rent a small trailer, and hire a team of strapping burners to help us load, setup, breakdown, and reload the raft. The band entails 3 musicians, who will provide their own AV equipment as a contribution to the project. We plan to fuel our van and support vehicle with Biodiesel to the extent possible, to lighten our travel footprint. And we will hire a top notch, creative editor/director to oversee the film component, which will be shared widely, and will continue to engage and inspire long after the lifespan of this project.

In our new world, there is simply no room for waste, as a concept or a place. 

Questions about this project? Check out the FAQ

Support

  1. Select this reward

    Pledge $1 or more About $1.00

    CHLOROPHYLL LEVEL
    Playa love, and an invitation to watch the installation process of JUNK on the Playa through a set of professional stills. Thanks for joining the team!

    Less
    4 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  2. Select this reward

    Pledge $10 or more About $10

    BLUE GREEN ALGAE LEVEL
    Both of the above, plus a super cool 5 Gyres sticker, made from biodegradable, plant-based materials.

    Less
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  3. Select this reward

    Pledge $25 or more About $25

    PHYTOPLANKTON LEVEL
    The above, plus a limited edition 5 Gyres postcard, with original artwork by UN representative and internationally renowned artist Barbara Benish.

    Less
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  4. Select this reward

    Pledge $50 or more About $50

    ZOOPLANKTON LEVEL
    The above, plus a handcrafted reusable produce bag, made from a repurposed tshirt. This will help you keep your veggies away from plastic!

    Less
    10 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  5. Select this reward

    Pledge $100 or more About $100

    SEADRAGON LEVEL
    The above, plus a 5 Gyres stainless steel, eco-friendly water bottle. Stay hydrated without producing more plastic waste.

    Less
    6 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  6. Select this reward

    Pledge $250 or more About $250

    BLUEFIN TUNA LEVEL
    All of the above, plus a small vial of North Pacific gyre plastic from Kamilo beach in Hawaii, hand collected this July by JUNKraft sailor Dr. Marcus Eriksen, and a signed CD of Lillian, limited edition. Enjoy beautiful music while you contemplate plastic pollution!

    Less
    1 backer
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  7. Select this reward

    Pledge $500 or more About $500

    BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN LEVEL
    All of the above, plus a signed album of Lillian, AND a producer credit in the film!! This could be your entry into the filmmaking world....

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  8. Select this reward

    Pledge $1,000 or more About $1,000

    WHALE SHARK LEVEL
    All of the above - an original artwork postcard, reusable produce bag, stainless steel bottle, vial of gyre plastic from Hawaii, a signed Album of Lillian, a producer credit in the film - AND an actual ocean sample from the middle of the North Pacific Gyre, thousands of miles from land! Sample will contain zooplankton, critters, and small particles of plastic. A great show and tell for dinner parties....

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  9. Select this reward

    Pledge $2,500 or more About $2,500

    FIRST MATE LEVEL
    All of the above, PLUS a framed photo of JUNKraft at sea, with signed note from sailor/builder Marcus Eriksen, a dedicated blog post on 5 Gyres.org mentioning your favorite organization/personal company, and a set of real ocean samples from the middle of both the North Pacific and the North Atlantic Gyres! You'll own the northern hemisphere....

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  10. Select this reward

    Pledge $5,000 or more About $5,000

    CAPTAIN LEVEL
    It just keeps getting better....all of the above, PLUS a set of gyre sample from all 5 oceanic Gyres! The North Pacific, North Atlantic, South Pacific, South Atlantic, and Indian Oceans. Few people on the planet besides us own a whole set...

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.
  11. Select this reward

    Pledge $9,500 or more About $9,500

    Okay, you win! For helping us educate tens of thousands of people (and more) we'll deliver our in person presentation on plastic in the 5 Gyres to a school, organization, or company of your choice in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, or Boulder. Presentation includes images, video, and stories from our expeditions across all 5 oceanic gyres, as well as solutions to the plastics problem. Lets keep the education going!

    Less
    0 backers
    $
    Kickstarter is not a store.

    It's a way to bring creative projects to life.

    Learn more about accountability.

Funding period

- (45 days)