CROWN - a colossal kinetic sculpture that inspires awe and wonder in all who come near!
It is an intense feeling to stand on the ground and have the sculpture move over your head, to see the art come alive and move. My intent with this piece is to create a dramatic visceral and sensory experience for people, through the beautiful wave motions of the sculpture and the lights moving around the towers to accentuate the movement. The kinetics are slow, but smooth, and when the giant towers move out towards their maximum displacement overhead, they are quite terrifying! The overall effect is massive, surreal, intimidating, hypnotic and simply stunning.
CROWN is four prismatic towers that stand in a circle and move inwards and outwards via hydraulic mechanisms. Each tower is 30ft tall with 3 vertical segments, each of which contains a hydraulic ram that is separately controlled, for a total 40° of movement for each tower. The structural steel armature and massive hydraulic arms are covered with detailed laser-cut wooden panels in a tapered petal shape over diffusion plastic and thousands of LEDs.
Lighting effects will move around the structure, inside and between towers, and coordinate with the movement of the towers to make a massive moving canvas. Spotlights at the tip of each tower will translate the movements into the sky for all to see from afar. A square base, 6ft tall, will be made of precision-cut mild steel in a geometric pattern, with dynamic illumination. From dusk till dawn, the lights will run on CROWN. During the day, the towers will be frozen in place, a different shape each day.
Risks and challenges
I am a professional artist of 30 years, making large sculptural art for Burning Man under my name and as part of Flaming Lotus Girls since 2000. I work with a wonderful volunteer group of designers, engineers, metal workers, scientists, artists, and friends to make this art come alive. We do this at the Box Shop, a community art space I created in San Francisco that provides workspace and access to high-quality tools for local artists and makers.
I know what it takes to make big art for Burning Man and I will not disappoint you!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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