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.
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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