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The Bird & The Bee Bumper Arena is the spot where flowers, bees, birds and butterflies dance, fly, crash, and bump. @ Burning Man 2012 Read more

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The Bird & The Bee Bumper Arena is the spot where flowers, bees, birds and butterflies dance, fly, crash, and bump. @ Burning Man 2012

About this project

This year's art theme for Burning Man is Fertility 2.0, and I thought it would be somewhat appropriate to bring out a large game about bumping into each other for mutual enjoyment (It's cool, the cars are wearing rubbers). The Bird & The Bee Arena will feature a fleet of four to six decked out pedal powered bumper cars, each car modeled after a bird or a bee, a butterfly, a dragonfly, a flower, or any of the beautiful creatures whose bright colors in spring are the standard bearers of fertile land.  Pedal power is perfect for bumper cars; it's all the fun and excitement of a standard set on a fraction of the emissions and infrastructure.

And finally, the coup-de-grace, the capper, the rug that really ties the room together: a Carnival-style Mega-Arena, blazing with colorful lights (not fire...not yet...) and decked out with images and sculptures depicting fertile creatures of fantasy.  Check out the concept model:

Concept Model (steel, fabric, wood, found  objects. 18"l x 14"w  x 11"h overall)
Concept Model (steel, fabric, wood, found objects. 18"l x 14"w x 11"h overall)
Concept Model (Detail)
Concept Model (Detail)

I have the workspace, the design, the tools, and the team.  I just need some help funding this thing, and we're home.  Also we are always looking for more volunteers, please get in touch if you'd like to help out.  I've built a prototype of the drivetrain and framing system which you can see a picture of below or in action in the video, so I know it works, it's just down to polishing and production.

Drivetrain Prototype
Drivetrain Prototype

The total cost has been calculated between six and seven thousand dollars, based on materials cost, transportation of the bumper bikes to the playa, and cost of fulfilling kickstarter rewards. All labor is volunteer; there will be no cost to the project from labor. No money will go to tickets or entry fees.  We will make this project happen whether or not the kickstarter goal is met; however, the total costs will be $6,000-$7,000, so I'd like to take the opportunity in advance to thank you from the bottom of my heart for any help you are able to provide, financial or otherwise... donate, volunteer, spread the word!

And we need that help right now.  Work started on this project in January and will continue non-stop until it's done and set up on the Playa!

This will be my second year at Burning Man. 2011 was my first, and I want to bring something amazing with me this time. I was lucky enough to get a ticket in the lottery this year and I want to live up to that. I know I have what it takes to make this happen; I will make this happen, one way or another. I hope you can help!

Thanks!

Tentative Poster Design (11"x17")
Tentative Poster Design (11"x17")
Tentative Sticker Design (3"x3")
Tentative Sticker Design (3"x3")

More info: http://bumperbikes.42ndchihuahua.com

More info on Burning Man: http://www.burningman.org

Thanks to Female Down for the music used in the video.  Check them out at

http://soundcloud.com/the-female-down

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    Donors at any level can tell your friends you helped bring The Bird & The Bee Bumper Arena to the playa. Or you can come say hi and tell us you donated and we'll say "Thank You!"

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    Your donation of $5 or more entitles you to an Awesome The Bird & The Bee Burning Man 2012 project sticker!

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    Donate $20 or more and get a The Bird & The Bee Burning Man 2012 11"x17" Poster. We'll throw in a sticker, too!

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    With your donation of $30 you can get small handmade copper/brass The Bird & The Bee themed charm, your choice from three designs.

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    If you donate just 45 dollars, you can have everything listed above! That's bragging rights, the sticker, the poster, and your choice from three designs of handmade small The Bird & The Bee themed copper/brass charms!

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    Your donation of only $350 or more can get you the one of a kind concept model of The Bird & The Bee Bumper Arena. Shown in the description. Includes two scale bumper cars and a small arena to fit them. Welded steel construction, just like the real things!

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    Donate $400 and you get a pedal powered bumper car to take home with you! Must arrange to pick up on the Playa or in Santa Cruz after the Burn.

    Also includes a signed poster with personalized thank you note and some stickers!

    You don't get the bumper car until after the Burn, but I'll send out the poster and stickers in August.

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    For a donation of only $700 you can have a pair of pedal powered bumper cars to take home with you! Must arrange to pick up on the Playa or in Santa Cruz after the Burn.

    Also includes a signed poster with personalized thank you note and some stickers!

    You don't get the bumper cars until after the Burn, but I'll send out the poster and stickers in August.

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    With your donation of $1000 or more, you can get a bumper car, a large fine silver necklace (choice from three designs), your choice of a large copper/brass necklace or a small silver charm, and a gourmet dinner on the Playa cooked up by the artist himself!

    I'll throw in some stickers, a signed poster with a thank you note, and a special surprise gift.

    Must arrange to pick up bumper car on Playa or in Santa Cruz after the burn.

    You don't get the bumper car until after the Burn, but I'll send out everything else in August.

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    With your donation of $1500 or more, you can get a pair of bumper cars, a large fine silver necklace (choice from three designs), a large copper/brass necklace (choice from three designs), and a small silver charm (choice from three designs). On top of all that I'll cook you a gourmet dinner on the Playa!

    I'll throw in some stickers, a signed poster with a thank you note, and a special surprise gift.

    Must arrange to pick up bumper car on Playa or in Santa Cruz after the burn.

    You don't get the bumper cars until after the Burn, but I'll send out everything else in August.

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