The Cosmic Oasis started out as a massage tent at Youtopia San Diego Decom 2011. Then to provide atmosphere, we added a LED lit Giant Mushroom to the set up at San Diego Decom 2012. For Burning Man 2013, we want to add more mushrooms, (at least 3), and several fern vines, to make a whole forest.
The art installation is made of wood, PVC, and fabric, making it relatively easy to construct, assemble and transport. We are planning to incorporate infrared sensors and trip wired pressure plates so the forest will react to your presence with sound and light intensity changes.
We need the funding for the raw materials (wood, PVC, and fabric) and electronics components (LED lights, sensors, and wires) as well as to cover the cost of a utility trailer to carry our setup to Burning Man 2013.
The project costs relatively less than a lot of other Burning Man mega projects and is totally achievable. However the more funding we get over the minimum goal, the more magic we can put into the project, like getting more sensors installed so that the fidelity of the visitor's experience to the oasis is greater.
We just really want to provide you with the most personal, surreal, magical and trans-formative experience possible at Burning Man 2013.
We have various gift packages for our backers. You can pledge and experience the gifts for yourself or better yet, in the best Burning Man tradition, gift the experiences to a special friend.
Risks and challenges
Once we receive the funding, the construction of the cosmic forest is pretty simple and straight forward. We don't require any special material or equipment that is hard to obtain. The only problem we see once everything is constructed and brought to Burning Man 2013 is the "wind" factor, since the materials we are using are not heavily weighted.
The mushroom is designed to be organic and dynamically reacts to wind conditions. So instead of it being a static structure, it moves to a small degree and vibrates in the wind.
We actually brought our one Giant Mushroom to Burning Man 2012 and tested it in the walk-in camping area. It stood up for 4 days in the strong wind and quietly slumped down on the 5th day. We learned a lot from how it behaved at last year Burning Man and have since properly reinforced and calibrated the design and structure making it more robust and durable for this year's burn.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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