About this project
Coup de Foudre is a large-scale electrical art piece for Burning Man 2014. Drawing on recent Tesla coil innovations, Coup de Foudre will produce large (10 foot) arcs of lightning that can be modulated to produce sound and respond to music. An idiom for love at first sight that translates literally to bolt of lightning, Coup de Foudre seeks to evoke awe for beautiful and dangerous forces.
At the heart of the Coup de Foudre is the Tesla coil - a device that takes in regular power and converts it to super high voltage, low current electricity. This energy then builds up in the toroid on top and gets discharged as... lightning! Rapid bursts of lightning cause the air expand and contract, producing music in much the same way that a speaker cone pushes air to make sound waves.
We are a group of artists, scientists, and engineers who think that Black Rock City needs more lightning. We've got skin in the game - over 500 hours of construction time and $2000+ in electronics - but we need your support to build out the structure and get it to playa. Your donations will help pay for renting a truck and a generator, buying material for the structure, and some power electronics to keep this thing running all week long.
Pictures (in order of appearance):
Whit Bissell (modified), Whit Bissell (modified), Whit Bissell (modified), Jason Strauss (modified), Mike Ryan (modified), Jim Reynolds (modified), Shira Brettman (unmodified), Mike Ryan (unmodified), Peretz Partensky (unmodified), Michael Holden (unmodified), Jim Reynolds (unmodified), [CG mockups and behind-the-scenes photos/video -- all from Kickstarter campaign folk], Kat [missmareck on flickr] (modified)
Music: Metiri - Vampires (Metiri - Vampires)
Risks and challenges
Bringing a giant Tesla coil to Black Rock City and running it safely and reliably is a huge challenge. Fortunately, we are using a tried-and-true design for our musical tesla coil. It also helps that we have a bunch of degrees in physics, electrical engineering, and computer science.
The project has evolved a lot since we started work in December, and you should expect some changes to the structural design before its done. In any case, we're confident that we can bring lightning to the playa in a way that is safe and spectacular.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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