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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, May 26 2019 6:42 AM UTC +00:00.

$104,317
pledged of $425,000pledged of $425,000 goal
246
backers
3hours to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Sun, May 26 2019 6:42 AM UTC +00:00.

About

What's Your InnerSun?

In supporting The InnerSun Project, you will receive a phenomenal artifact from this year’s Burning Man. Our steel art panels are beautiful mosaics crafted from cut, welded and engraved hands with personal messages of hope, and metamorphosed by sun, dust and a tremendous bonfire. They'll have made a grand journey from Reno to the Black Rock Desert and back again as a part of our monumental art structure.

Our Mission

To inspire human connection and positivity through art, when the pressure to divide and tune-out is building around the world. 

We believe without the foundation of a strong community, we’ll struggle to solve the most basic problems we face. So even if it’s idealistic, we would rather strive to bring as many people together as possible than do nothing and let cynicism take over. 

Our structure is not merely a mammoth pile of wood - it is a phenomenal, albeit ephemeral, art installation constructed in a few short months by a community built to outlast the event itself. To grow the community as wide as we can, the surface of each massive hand is dedicated to our mission of connecting more people than can attend Burning Man.

We’re asking the world a single question:  

Every answer is a reason someone gets out of bed in the morning. Something that keeps their light on. The more people who receive that light, the further and brighter it shines.

For every response we receive, we’ll create a hand shaped piece of steel engraved with your words. Go to TheInnerSun.org to participate! This beautiful patchwork of thousands of stories will reflect the reasons we're all here on earth, and help gently lift both our globe and its citizens.

Culminating the event in the desert, the wooden structure will be set aflame and burned...

...but the answers, engraved in steel, will survive the fire. Having gone through this crucible, they’ll become unique art pieces unlike anything in a museum. Artifacts from an incredible journey, a once in a lifetime metamorphosis happening only in this time, at this place.

Our Design

It all started with the idea that even though thousands of people attend each year, Burning Man is just one very special week. How can we expand the community, the art, inclusivity, and the joy experienced there to the rest of the world - especially if they’ve never been?

The incredible installation we hope to build with your support is a gigantic wooden globe the size of an 8 story building, nestled between two giant hands. At its core is a burning ball of propane, a guiding light, illuminating the darkness and bringing vitality to the inhabitants of Black Rock City.  

Inside the sphere, a series of ramps - built for access by people of all abilities - will carry participants up to an equatorial terrace to observe the city, commune and reflect on the piece. These ramps represent our project’s desire to fully embrace Burning Man’s first principle of Radical Inclusion. 

The Cost

We’ve designed our structure to be big. VERY BIG. This means including as many people in building it as possible. We want thousands of hands involved in this project. No single person will decide what it can be. So when it comes to funding, we want it to take a crowd. 

As seasoned builders of large scale art, we’re intimately familiar with what it will cost. We don’t want to over-promise and under-fund a project so many people care about. The full budget can be found here:  TheInnerSun.org/budget 

TheInnerSun.org/budget
TheInnerSun.org/budget

Your Piece of the Journey 

By pledging to our campaign and taking ownership of your unique panel, you will be entrusted to care for the united hopes, dreams and desires of people from around the world.

8” x 12” Steel Art Panel
8” x 12” Steel Art Panel
15" x 15" Steel Art Panel
15" x 15" Steel Art Panel
16" x 34" Steel Art Panel
16" x 34" Steel Art Panel
26" x 42" Steel Art Panel
26" x 42" Steel Art Panel

Who Are We?

We are a group of artists and makers who believe in sustainable change in the world through collective action. We create monumental art in order to pursue the communion of individual expression and common occupation. Our art strives to be inclusive, accessible and socially expansive.

2017 Man Base
2017 Man Base
2015 Temple
2015 Temple

We invite the global community to join us in our odyssey both online and in person in Reno, NV, the pre-build site of our project―we already have a group from Canada planning a trip to help us build! But we won’t be building if we don’t get funded. This campaign is all or nothing.

We go big, or we don’t go home.

We hope you find value, as we do, in the transformative power and positive energy created in the shared experience of making big art. The InnerSun Project will be made possible by your support―come stand hand in hand with us!

The InnerSun Project is fiscally sponsored by Orgonym aka: Artech, a 501(c)3 arts nonprofit that is passionate about creativity and innovation. 

Risks and challenges

Building any project in the unforgiving desert has substantial risks: from heat, to dust storms, to wind, to finding out there's an important part you need that can only be found several hours away. We have added sufficient time in our build schedule to ensure we can erect and finish the InnerSun before the gates open. Yes, we have risks, but we have an amazingly skilled team with a proven track record. In 2015, we built the Temple of Promise. In 2016, many of us built the Space Whale and in 2017, we led the Man Pavilion; all of which were completed on-time and built a lasting community of friends and family from around the world.

We invite you to join us from any walk of life and anywhere around the world in this journey. We hope this inspires you to dream big and connect with others in a meaningful way. Let us build the world we want to live in, and share it with generations to come.

With Love,
Mary Poppins

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    Sierra Nevada College

    Pledges to this tier will help fund a community art sculpture in conjunction with art students from Sierra Nevada College. We’ll send materials from our BRC InnerSun structure, including dozens of steel hand panels that have lived through the burn, to the students to create a new sculpture completely imagined and assembled by them. That sculpture will be installed permanently in their community to be enjoyed by all. A sculpture that has made an incredible journey, touching other communities across the globe. A human chain of connection that results in a completely unique and lasting embodiment. The alliance of financial backers to this tier will further our mission of global community and connection by supporting public art.

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    8" x 12" Steel Art Panel

    A pair of hands. These laser cut steel hands are engraved with meaningful words from a fellow human who participated in our global collaborative art project. Weathered by the sun and dust, they withstood the fire at the culmination of the event. Delicately picked from the ashes, now beautifully patina’d by the journey, they’ll be delivered to you - to keep and care for in your own home.

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    15" x 15" Steel Art Panel

    Approx. 5 hands. These laser cut steel hands are engraved with meaningful words from a fellow human who participated in our global collaborative art project. Weathered by the sun and dust, they withstood the fire at the culmination of the event. Delicately picked from the ashes, now beautifully patina’d by the journey, they’ll be delivered to you - to keep and care for in your own home.

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    Steel Heart Shaped Panel

    Approx. 13 hands. These laser cut steel hands are engraved with meaningful words from a fellow human who participated in our global collaborative art project. Weathered by the sun and dust, they withstood the fire at the culmination of the event. Delicately picked from the ashes, now beautifully patina’d by the journey, they’ll be delivered to you - to keep and care for in your own home.

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    16" x 34" Steel Art Panel

    Approx. 21 hands. These laser cut steel hands are engraved with meaningful words from a fellow human who participated in our global collaborative art project. Weathered by the sun and dust, they withstood the fire at the culmination of the event. Delicately picked from the ashes, now beautifully patina’d by the journey, they’ll be delivered to you - to keep and care for in your own home.

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    26" x 42" Steel Art Panel

    Approx. 50 hands. These laser cut steel hands are engraved with meaningful words from a fellow human who participated in our global collaborative art project. Weathered by the sun and dust, they withstood the fire at the culmination of the event. Delicately picked from the ashes, now beautifully patina’d by the journey, they’ll be delivered to you - to keep and care for in your own home.

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    One of a Kind Handcrafted Art Panel

    Dozens of hands. These panels of various sizes and shapes will be assembled after the event by an enthusiastic crew of InnerSun artists who will re-weld them into a completely unique wall-art form. Inspired by their passion for the project and the spirit of the recent burn, this completely unique art piece will carry a very special meaning to those who’ve built and beheld the project.

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    One of a Kind Handcrafted Sculpture

    A 3D art sculpture of dozens of hands from the project, crafted one-on-one with an InnerSun artist. We’ll work with you on making this art piece special, welded into a form of your choosing. We can focus the piece on your InnerSun, or InnerSun’s from loved ones. Know that this will be a personal, exceptional art piece for us to create - made with love from our journey together.

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