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An adventuresome crossroads sign atop a library post with a totally interactive, original BRC book collection for Burning Man, 2014 )'(
An adventuresome crossroads sign atop a library post with a totally interactive, original BRC book collection for Burning Man, 2014 )'(
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Check out our official status as Burning Man Honorarium here:

http://www.burningman.com/installations/art_honor.html

What is "CrossReads"?

          It is a completely interactive art structure designed for Burning Man 2014, Caravansary theme. It is partially funded and made possible by an art grant from Burning Man. From any significant distance away, it appears as a crossroads sign, with one peculiar arrow facing and fixed inwardly-inscribed in it is the word "Wisdom." Once you approach the structure, you will see that the glowing wood support structure is a small library tower! The shelves of this structure will be filled with all original books co-created by and for participants at Burning Man 2013 & 2014. Each book is made of wood: wood cover, wood binding, and wood pages all hinged together! (see below)

First Wooden Book of Burning Man Wisdom; featured in University of Central Florida's Special Collections
First Wooden Book of Burning Man Wisdom; featured in University of Central Florida's Special Collections

How do you play with "CrossReads"?

          Wahoo! We're very glad you asked! The crossroad signs themselves are free-spinning, they will blow in the wind or move with the swap of your palm! They point in whimsical directions: "adventure, inspiration, over there, go there next!" So feel free to jump high to hit the sign then make some moves on your way to adventure! If you'd like to stick around, however, you can be well on your way in inheriting some burner wisdom. 

          The supporting column of CrossReads will display an all original book series for Black Rock City. The content of some of the books are predetermined, but other books are empty for the purpose of encouraging Burner interactions. There will be books meant for reading, books meant for writing in, and books that are false books (books that are gift exchanges, gag books, or book arts). All the books that have pre-written content are collections of brief statements, to read the lengthiest one would probably take only about 20 minutes to read.

How the Content Came to Be: When I was at Burning Man for the first time last year, I traveled around with a little book and wrote down pieces of good advice, encouraging words, and bits of Wisdom that I found around the Playa, at the Man and at the Temple.The Wisdom I collected from Burning Man 2013 broke up into very clean themes-each theme and the quotations that relate to the theme will have their own book. 

Below is a sample of some of the thematic collections of wisdom and advice, and an example of what will be printed in wood books meant for reading:

  • Ego & It’s Edges- “Curb your ego, you only lose what you cling to.”
  • Love & Fear- “Love more, fear less, float more, steer less.” ~ Pink Heart.
  • Being At Burning Man -“Burning Man isn’t just the place where you can let your junk hang out, it’s the place where you let your whole personality hang out-be brave, never be afraid to ask, no matter what it is.”
  • "If you feel you aren't having a good time, walk 100ft in any direction."
  • -"Try to see everything you can, you won't see it all, but try your best at this."
  • Survival Guide to Burning Man-“Never doubt your abilities to find your way back to your camp.” “Get a piss jug.”
  • Others Include: "The Universe and U," "Encouragement & Acceptance," "Forgiveness and Regret,"and so many more!
One of the CrossReads Books: Ego
One of the CrossReads Books: Ego

Below is a sample of the type of books which will ask participants to write in them. 

  • Why Do We Burn?
  • What Does The Man Represent To You?
  •  What Does The Temple Represent To You?
  • What Does Life Represent To You?
  • Why Are You Here?
  • Why Do You Spin Fire?
  • Why Do You Make Art?

And so much more!

What Are The Rewards?

$1- Digital Chapter of Book of Wisdom 2013

$7- Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013

$10-Entire Digital Book of Wisdom+Burning Man Pic and Message

$25-Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013 PLUS 2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message

$30-Scroll, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message

$40- Two Scrolls, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message

$65- A Hand-Made Wooden Book, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message

$70-A Hand-Made Wooden Book, 2 Scrolls, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message

$120-Your named burned in commemorative CrossReads book+pic, A Hand-Made Wooden Book, 2 Scrolls, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making

$200- A Key which unlocks on-Playa prizes (we can mail it, too), Commemorative honor in Crossreads book+pic, Another Hand-Made Wooden Book, 2 Scrolls, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message (Only 25 Available)

$250-A Book from CrossReads, Key, On-Playa Prize, Your name in commemorative Crossreads book+pic, Another Hand-Made Wooden Book, 2 Scrolls, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message (Only Five Available!)

$350- A CrossReads Arrow, A Book from CrossReads, Key, On-Playa Prize, Your name in commemorative Crossreads book+pic, Another Hand-Made Wooden Book, 2 Scrolls, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message (Only Four Available!)

$500- Sage's 2014 Travel Journal+Original 2013 Notes, A Book from CrossReads, Key, On-Playa Prize, Your name in commemorative Crossreads book+pic, Another Hand-Made Wooden Book, 2 Scrolls, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message (Only One Available!)

$600-The First Edition Book of Wisdom, A Book from CrossReads, Key, On-Playa Prize, Your name in commemorative Crossreads book+pic, Another Hand-Made Wooden Book, 2 Scrolls, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message (Only One Available!)

$600-The "Wisdom Arrow" Light Fixture, A Book from CrossReads, Key, On-Playa Prize, Your name in commemorative Crossreads book+pic, Another Hand-Made Wooden Book, 2 Scrolls, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message (Only One Available!)

             XOXOXO ^And So Much Gratitude! Thank You!!!

What is the money going towards?

     Although we were very fortunate to receive an art grant from Burning Man, it did not completely cover the cost of materials/transportation. For every book (of which there are 50+), requires four hinges, eight pages worth of acrylic gel medium/ink, the wood for covers, the wood for pages, many feet of leather cord, plus the cost of burning ornamentation into the books, which is...well, a lot when you multiply that by 50! The remaining monies needed to meet the budget are why we are trying to kickstart this fundraising opportunity here on Kickstarter! If we can raise more than our goal amount, we will be able to afford to create more pages for the books-in case they get filled up or used up day one! 

Risks and challenges

The best part about being a Burning Man honorarium artist is the support provided by the Burning Man Art Management Dept., from the initial funding of the project, to installation, to setting your project on fire, they provide a wealth of advice and resources. I have the experience of producing a Burning Man artwork last year, and I also have an awesome team of experienced builders, so most likely, the greatest peril we may face will be driving the art installation to the Black Rock desert (Black Rock City AKA Burning Man).

If we happen to break down on the way from Orlando, FL to Black Rock City, NV, however, we have AAA and good karma on our side!

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    A digital copy of one chapter (randomly selected) of the Book of Wisdom Vol.1 from travels at and about Burning Man 2013, my thanks, and good vibes!

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    A digital copy of the entire Book of Wisdom Vol.1 from travels around Burning Man 2013, and many thanks!

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    A digital copy of the entire Book of Wisdom Vol.1 from travels around Burning Man 2013, a picture of me at Burning Man 2014 holding a sign with a message for you, and many thanks!

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    Let's call this "The Works" : A step-by-step digital tutorial of how to make a wooden bound book like the books on CrossReads, a digital copy of the 2013 AND 2014 BM Wisdom, plus a picture! With much gratitude!

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    2 Scrolls of BM Virtues & Encouragement, plus "The Works"

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    The Book itself! One hand-made, real, readable wooden book of Book of Wisdom Vol.1 from travels around Burning Man 2013, a picture of me at Burning Man 2014 holding an extra special message for you awesome book-lovers, plus "The Works"!

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    Let's Call this the "Epic Package" (The Poetry Kind of Epic): Wooden Book of Wisdom plus 2 Scrolls, and "The Works," with an extra special picture for you book lovers, many thanks, and much love!!!

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    Your name burned into a book that will debut at Burning Man on Crossreads personally thanking you for you contribution. I will send you a pic too! Plus everything included in the "Epic Package" and "The Works!"

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    You will receive a key (before the Burn) which unlocks a book-shaped lock-box on CrossReads with a secret gift inside just for you! If you are not going to Burning Man, I will instead mail it to you! Your name burned into a book that will debut at Burning Man on Crossreads personally thanking you for you contribution. Plus the "Epic Package" and "The Works!" Thank you so much!

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    A Book from CrossReads after Burning Man (randomly selected), your name in commemorative Crossreads book+pic,You will receive a key (before the Burn) which unlocks a book-shaped lock-box on CrossReads with a secret gift inside just for you! Another Hand-Made Wooden Book of a separate subject, 2 Scrolls, Entire Digital Book of Wisdom 2013+2014, Digital Tutorial of Wood Book Making, Burning Man Pic & Message and a whole bucket of thanks! (bucket not included)

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    A piece of CrossReads! You will receive a two-sided arrow light fixture (randomly selected), hopefully to point you in the direction of whimsy, wonder, and wisdom. You will also receive one hand-made, real, readable wooden Book of Wisdom 2013 Vol.1, the two aforementioned scrolls, your name burned into a book that will debut at Burning Man on Crossreads personally thanking you for your contribution. You will also receive a key (before the Burn) which unlocks a book-shaped lock-box on CrossReads with a secret gift inside just for you! If you are not going to Burning Man, I will instead mail it to you! You will also receive a picture of your name in the book on CrossReads, a digital copy of the Wisdom I collect at Burning Man 2014, a step-by-step digital tutorial of how to make a wooden bound book, and a picture of me at the Playa holding a sign with a special message for the four of you.

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    You will receive the original, handwritten journal "The Secret Story of Sage"-my personal travel journal that will be produced at Burning Man this year, I will write as much of my activities, experiences and thoughts that I can. I will also give you my original notes from last years travels around Burning Man which were the original notes used in the making of the Book of Wisdom. You will also receive one book from CrossReads (randomly selected), one hand-made, real, readable wooden Book of Wisdom from experiences at Burning Man 2013 Vol.1, the two aforementioned scrolls, a photo of your name burned into a book that will debut at Burning Man on Crossreads personally thanking you for your contribution. You will also receive a key (before the Burn) which unlocks a book-shaped lock-box on CrossReads with a secret gift inside just for you! If you are not going to Burning Man, I will instead mail it to you, and a digital copy of the Wisdom I collect at Burning Man 2014. I will also send you a picture of me holding a sign with a personalized message for you on the Playa (Burning Man) and a step-by-step digital tutorial of how to make a wooden bound book. So much love!

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    You will receive the original Book of Wisdom from my experiences at Burning Man 2013 as featured in the video. You will also receive a book from CrossReads (randomly selected), one extra readable wooden Book of Wisdom 2013 Vol.1, a step-by-step digital tutorial of how to make a wooden bound book, the two aforementioned scrolls, and your name burned into a book that will debut at Burning Man on Crossreads personally thanking you for your contribution. You will also receive a key (before the Burn) which unlocks a book-shaped lock-box on CrossReads with a secret gift inside just for you! If you are not going to Burning Man, I will instead mail it to you! You will also receive a digital copy of the Wisdom I collect at Burning Man 2014. I will also send you a picture of me holding a sign with a personalized message for you on the Playa (Burning Man) -and so, soo much love!

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    You will receive the "Wisdom" arrow off of CrossReads to be used as a light fixture.You will also receive one book from CrossReads (randomly selected), a wooden Book of Wisdom Vol.1, the two aforementioned scrolls, your name burned into a book on CrossReads, a key (which you will receive before the Burn) which unlocks a book-shaped lock-box on CrossReads, a digital copy of the Wisdom I collect at Burning Man 2014, a step-by-step digital tutorial of how to make a wooden bound book, and I will also send you a picture of me holding a sign with a personalized message for you at Burning Man. Thank you SO much!

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