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A giant, musically-controlled Tesla coil sculpture for Burning Man 2014. Dance beneath a canopy of lightning!
A giant, musically-controlled Tesla coil sculpture for Burning Man 2014. Dance beneath a canopy of lightning!
157 backers pledged $9,030 to help bring this project to life.

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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.

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Leather Wristband
Leather Wristband
Leather coasters
Leather coasters
Marble Coaster Set
Marble Coaster Set
Photo Book
Photo Book
The Coup de Foudre!
The Coup de Foudre!

Video Credits:

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.

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    We won't forget to write! Between now and the Burn, we'll send you a thank-you postcard with project art and a tidbit about our progress.

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    Laser-engraved Leather Wristband. Show your support in style with a stud-fastened leather wristband engraved with the Coup De Foudre project logo.

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    Leather coaster set + wristband. Sleek leather coasters laser-engraved with Tesla-inspired art.

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    Marble coaster + wristband. Laser-engraved with Tesla-inspired art, it's the perfect place for your cup of morning coffee or evening whisky.

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    Marble coaster set + wristband. Hefty marble coasters laser-engraved with a variety of Tesla-inspired art.

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    Photo Book + wristband. Join us for a team photo with the Coup de Foudre in action on playa. Add in a selection of photos at the burn, plus a few behind-the-scenes shots, and this visual narrative will trace the project from inception to dusty glory.

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    The Whole Shebang. We'll engrave your name on the Coup de Foudre's name placard, and send you the Photo Book, Marble Coaster Set, and Leather Wristband.

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    Pledge $9,022 or more About $9,022

    THE COUP DE FOUDRE! (and two coaster sets) As a veritable patron of playa arts, you will undoubtedly need a handful of marble Coup de Foudre coasters for your guests as you show them the Coup de Foudre within the vaulted chambers of your palatial home.

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