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This Kickstarter will support a Burning Man helping to light your way to Bladder and Bowel Utopia on the Playa!

Don’t you hate trudging across the playa at Burning Man in hopes of finding a bathroom at night?  Imagine instead a welcoming, flashy, interactive sign  lighting your way to bowel and bladder utopia.  Let the Bathroom Beacons light your way...

Born out of frustration in attempts to find the portapotties on the inner playa at night, the Bathroom Beacons project makes it easier to find the portapotties with five unique art installations located at the banks of portapotties at 2:00 & A, 10:00 & A, the Temple and the 3:00 and 9:00 promenades.  Each installation is designed to be illuminated at night and indicate the presence of restrooms nearby, while contributing to the unique artistic aesthetic of the Burning Man event– quirky, ironic, amusing, interactive, beautiful, blinky…

The bladder you save, may be your own!

Our budget the beacons is $19,000. This civic project will, at some point, make a difference for each of the 50,000-plus participants at this year's Burn. If just 8% of Black Rock City donated $5 to our project, that would cover our materials and transportation costs. 

The Bathroom Beacons Project has recieved non-profit sponsorship from Circle Arts, Inc., a 501-c3 organization.  Donations to the Bathroom Beacons Project are tax deductible and we'll gladly send you a receipt unpon request!

Please consider making a contribution to the Bathroom Beacons project.  The bladder you save may be your own!

About the installations

There are five installations that are part of the Bathroom Beacons project.  They are:

Welcome to Fabulous by Gaylen Hamilton.

This take on the iconic Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, Nevada billboard sign will guide weary travelers to their #1 or #2 destination spot.  The Welcome to Fabulous Bathrooms, Black Rock City sign will stand 20 feet high, beckoning Burners from distant playa places.  At the base of the sign will be a slot machine, which will reward potty gamblers with sounds of waterfalls and toilet flushes.  There will also be scheduled events under the sign with casino and gambling related themes.

Welcome to Fabulous
Welcome to Fabulous

The Thrones of BRC by Jill Brown and Ben Grambergu

An interactive light installation coming to a dry prehistoric lake bed near you.  A metal conduit standard shade structure with a shade cloth cover will cover the portapotty 'bank'.  It will have a center section that rises 5 feet above the potties.  The center section will house TCL pixel strips, powered by solar rechargeable deep cycle batteries. There  will be an illuminated “light post” that will house the control box and be placed a distance from the potty’s, allowing participants to change the light configurations. (For more on the lighting technology, watch this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b70aCvmCJYA.)

First Words by Don Owen Rider

First Words consists of 3 full-color 72"x18" LED signs arranged to form a triangle, similar to a tri-corner hat. The signs will be perched on an 8″ wooden column. Down below, inside the triangle is a 3’ globe of the world.  At night, a participant approaching the sign will see the words “Where is the bathroom?” on the signs, alternating between several different languages, and eventually hear spoken recordings of those phrases as they draw closer. The globe will be lit with LEDs near the buttons, encouraging participants to play the game of guessing the country of origin of the current language the beacon is displaying and calling out.

Hollywood BATHROOM by Jen Upchurch

The Hollywood Sign is an American Landmark why not change that around and make a giant white sign that says BATHROOM instead. Made out of plywood in 6 foot letters attached to 2×4 beams and in concrete buckets they will stand proudly on there own. At night will be illluminated in LED white lights to keep the look and the sign showing thru day and night!

Toilet Bowl by Tracy Gillan

The Toilet Bowl is a functioning bowling lane in the desert to pass the time while you wait for your friends.

About the artists

To learn more about the beacon artists, visit the artist page on our website at http://beacons.donland.com/artists

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    Sticky Sticker. The super awesome, extremely sticky, official Bathroom Beacons Project Sticker featuring the "Welcome to Fabulous" logo.

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    NYC Meet 'n' Greet Special! Limited Edition Beacon Button. Choose from a variety of delightful designs to sport. Available only at the NYC Bman Meet 'n' Greet at Double Down on June 20.

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    Potty Pass. Skip the bathroom line with the Bathroom Beacons wooden nickel Potty Pass necklace that admits bearer to the front of the pack. May not work at all bathrooms.

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    Yoga class at Om Factory. Bowels in a knot? Try a yoga class to ease into the flow. Receive a guest pass to join a yoga class with Jewels at Om Factory NYC (omfactorynyc.com) - typically Thursday evenings and Sundays at noon. + Sticker and Potty Pass

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    The Toiletries Kit. A sticker, Potty Pass, AND an officially licensed Bathroom Beacons toilet paper roll.

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    Necklace by Jen Upchurch. A unique necklace made out of clay and ribbon! Can be worn as a choker or necklace! See beacons.donland.com/kickstarter for photo. + Sticker and Potty Pass

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    Handmade Steel and Leather bracelets by Gaylen. These beauties sold like hotcakes during the holidays last year. They've got that stylish leather fashonista thing going on along with that super butch steel thing. Available in sizes Smallish or Largish. + Sticker and Potty Pass. Visit beacons.donland.com/kickstarter for more info

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    Dream Date with Gaylen! Let's be real! We've all wanted to go on a date with Gaylen. Here is your opportunity. Let Gaylen be your tour guide on a magical mystery tour of hidden Brooklyn hang out spots. You can bring your own bike, or he'll tote you around on his. See beacons.donland.com/kickstarter for photo. + Sticker and Potty Pass

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    Bathroom Beacon Pullups - Your very own pair of custom screen printed Bathroom Beacon underwear. Your choice of boys or girls, sizes S,M,L. Your custom "hot streaks" are up to you.

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    Framed Photo of your favorite Bathroom Beacons Project installation. Signed by all of the artists. + Sticker and Potty Pass

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    Custom toilet seat and brush combo kit arted up by the Bathroom Beacon Project artists. + Sticker and Potty Pass

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    Red Carpet Portaservice. On the playa, we will find a nice stall for you, fill it with TP, air it out with air freshener, and stand guard while you do your business. Must be scheduled in advance. How you "go" on schedule is up to you. + Sticker and Potty Pass

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    Starpony's Pants. Get a pair of custom playa party pants just like Starpony wears in our video. You pick the spandex fabric and Owen will sew 'em up with love. See beacons.donland.com/kickstarter for photo. (Fine print: Must be in NYC for measurement. Pattern is for a 36" waist or less; the fabric in the video is no longer available.) + Sticker and Potty Pass.

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    Fire Performance on playa. Sometimes a playa sunset is just not adequate entertainment when waiting in a portapotty line. Try a special portapotty (or other location of your choice) fire performance for you (and all of your potty buddies) from Flaming Jewel (www.flamingjewel.com). + Sticker and Potty Pass.

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    League Night at the Toilet Bowl Lanes. A private 2 hour bowling party for you and 10 of your newest Playa buddies. Complete with matching bowling shirts, frosty beverages and all the services the Bathroom Beacons Project crew can offer. + Photo, Sticker, and Potty Pass

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