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Our 2014 mutant vehicle will be an ancient Chinese mythological creature called Bixi.
Our 2014 mutant vehicle will be an ancient Chinese mythological creature called Bixi.
155 backers pledged $16,964 to help bring this project to life.

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Our vision for this year is to bring to life a Bixi, an ancient mythological creature, at Burning Man 2014. With the body of a tortoise and the head of a dragon, Bixi is the first-born son of the great dragon of china.

Bixi is said to be able to carry great weights. Statues and sculptures of Bixi can be found at the Silk Road terminals in Xian and Beijing. It is mainly found at the bottom of building pillars to signify their massive strength and their ability to carry great weights. With this year’s theme being Caravansary, we thought what better creature to build than one who can hold massive weigh, found at the beginning of the Silk Road.

Bixi will be a rolling “Caravansary”: a sanction of comfort, able to host more than 100 people to take them on great desert escapades. We’re ready to create a beautiful piece as a contribution to the Burning Man festival, as well as the perfect venue for our playa caravans.

We invite you to be a part of our project and experience this year’s Burning Man Festival on Bixi, as well as those to come.

TO BUILD IT:

We’re taking a Johnson tomato harvester and transforming it into a desert-roaming Bixi. An 18-foot dome atop the harvester will resemble a tortoise shell, and we’ll build an amazing dragon’s head that will have up-and-down and side-to-side mobility. 

Inside the hexa-pent dome structure will be three platforms at two different levels with a safety railing to hold more than 100 participants. The driving controls will be at the highest level, 15 feet off the ground, sitting almost right on top of the shell. From here is where we’ll do our steering, giving our drivers a clear view of their path.

At night, the shell of the Bixi will be outlined and illuminated with 1,000 feet of flex LED strips using 23,000 LEDs. The dragon’s face will have high-powered lights for the eyes and a lot more LEDs to make it the focal part of the art car. We’ll also have lasers pointing up from the top of the shell to make us an easy target at the Playa for those who might be looking for us.

The vehicle’s entry level will have comfortable benches making it easy for those Playa walkers to catch a ride and get some rest. Our main deck will be a place for good times and dance parties. No sittin’ here! =]

Your support:

The creation of this project from inception to development is a collaborative effort. By donating, you’ll be helping the artists, fabricators and friends putting their all to make Bixi a reality.

The funds for this Kickstarter will go specifically to:

*Material cost only!! All of our hard work is our GIFT to you*

-- Building the steel dome atop the tomato harvester

-- Dragon’s head

-- Lighting

-- Sound

Risks and challenges

Our most blatant risk is not being able to attain the funding we need to complete the project -- with that said... We did it last year! We're pretty confident we can make it happen. :) The project is already in the works but we'll need the funding in order to complete it.

We'll always have to account for the unexpected: from unforeseen breaks and repairs to transportation issues. Last year we overcame every obstacle thrown our way, and we're prepared to do it again. We're not quitters!

And finally, an obvious obstacle will be getting approval from Burning Man. Though we are confident we will receive approval it is not yet certain. In the case we don't get approved this Kickstarter will be terminated and no one will be charged.

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    We are forever thankful for your support, and hopefully you can come enjoy the good times with us at BM.

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    You will receive one very cool Bixi sticker for you to slap onto anything.

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    You will receive two awesome (and different) Bixi stickers for you to slap onto anything.

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    After the event we'll send you the best picture of the project at burning man for you to frame. (4x6 digital print)

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    We'll make you an 11x17 poster with a custom Bixi graphic that will make any wall look cool -- plus the stickers, and good vibes, of course.

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    This is a high quality two color 13"x19" silkscreen print on recycled rag paper. If you pledge a minimum of $30 and want this poster instead of the digital print, please update your pledge by adding 10$ to receive this awesome reward =]

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    You'll receive a Bixi T-shirt or tank top that shows your support, along with all of the above.

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    You get a laser engraved wooden pendant with our Bixi logo on it, and all of the above.

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    You'll a get a stainless steel portable collapsable cup laser engraved with one of our graphics, and all of the above.

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    We'll supply you with a custom Bixi sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun, and all of the above.

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    Thanks for the love! To give back, we'll make you big silkscreened patch with privileged access to the main platform on our busiest nights (like the Burn), and all of the above.

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    We hold you dear to our hearts! For your support, we'll send you a steel laser-cut necklace taken from materials straight off the vehicle. This necklace allows you access to our top platform at any given time, and all of the above.

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    For your extremely generous contribution, we'll style you with a custom Chinese silk robe adorned with our graphics. Plus all of the above -- triple on the hugs.

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    We are forever grateful for your immense support!!! We will present you with a one-of-a-kind laser-engraved Chinese sword (#ohyeah!), and all of the above.

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