About this project
Orage: a musical lightning storm
Orage, meaning 'Storm', is a large-scale sculptural installation that invites you to collaboratively play music with 20-foot bolts of lightning. Within each of three Control Rooms, you will discover an interactive Artifact for manipulating an 18-foot tall Tesla Coil. Together, the operators of the Artifacts will conduct a musical lightning storm inside the installation's 60-foot diameter perimeter. With collaboration (and some courage!), you can wield the Coil's full power to send bolts of lightning to the very Control Rooms you stand in!
In 2014, we brought Coup de Foudre, a tesla coil sculpture to playa that shot 8-foot bolts of lightning. This year, we are building an entirely new coil that can arc to 18 ft! This is a challenging project, but we can do it with your help. Burning Man generously supported our first several months of construction via a Black Rock City Honorarium Grant, and now we are raising the funds we need to complete the project, transport it to playa, and operate it safely throughout the Burn. Your contributions will help us with many expenses, including:
- Building a brand new Tesla Coil capable of 18 ft arcs and an anticipated peak power of 1.4 Megawatts. Seriously.
- Constructing 300 linear feet of illuminated fence to make this installation safe.
- Renting and fueling a 56,000 watt generator for powering the Tesla Coil.
- Transporting 4000 lbs of material to playa from LA and San Francisco.
We are The Coup de Foudre Project, a group of more than twenty artists, scientists and engineers from the Phage Camp. We share a belief that the creative tools of science and engineering should be used to inspire and delight. The playa offers a wonderful blank canvas for creating otherworldly experiences, and we are delighted to share this experience with the citizens of Black Rock City. Our 2015 crew includes:
- Matt Faulkner -- www.facebook.com/matt.faulkner.165
- Dan Busby -- www.danielbusby.com/
- Louisa Bukiet
- Lyra Levin -- www.lyralevin.com
- Jane Wang
- Anya Demianenko -- Whip
- Mike McCoy -- Lead Mathematician
- James Thor Baker
- Josh "Megaphone" Goldbard -- www.facebook.com/jgoldbard
- Tom Bishop
- Mike Murphy -- www.attentivelens.com
- Anastasia Hanan
- Marina Linderman -- http://www.marinalinderman.com
- Sara Drakeley
- Hendrik Panz
- Connor Lenehan
- Amanda Shockit
- Laura Sisk - Sound Designer and Engineer
We've got some great rewards lined up to thank you for your support and let you show off your involvement.
Logo Aluminum Water Bottle - Pledge $35
Logo Hip Flask-Pledge $65
Logo Tank Top - Pledge $100
Lichtenberg Lightning Panels - Pledge $200
Lichtenberg Lightning Necklace - Pledge $250
Thank You Post Card - Pledge $5
Risks and challenges
While ambitious, this isn't our first rodeo. In 2014, our team brought the Coup de Foudre Tesla Coil sculpture to playa -- a 26-foot-tall sculpture that allowed participants to play music with 8-foot bolts of lightning via a keyboard and 15,000 watt Tesla Coil. Even though we're upping the ante this year with more interactivity and a 45,000 watt Tesla Coil, together our team has already faced many of the technical and operational challenges of large sculptures and musical Tesla coils.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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