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Join us in bringing CROWN, an interactive kinetic sculpture of four looming hydraulic light towers, to Burning Man 2018.
Join us in bringing CROWN, an interactive kinetic sculpture of four looming hydraulic light towers, to Burning Man 2018.
166 backers pledged $15,559 to help bring this project to life.

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CROWN - a colossal kinetic sculpture that inspires awe and wonder in all who come near!

Concept rendering - CROWN at Burning Man
Concept rendering - CROWN at Burning Man

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 hydraulic tower at the Box Shop
CROWN hydraulic tower at the Box Shop

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.

CROWN wall panel
CROWN wall panel

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!

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    Picture Postcard

    Have the image of CROWN at Burning Man on your fridge at home!

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    Sticker pack

    Show your support with an assortment of fantastic CROWN sticker swag, plus postcard.

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    Lighter + tattoos

    Light things up with your swag-tastic CROWN lighter. Comes with postcard, sticker pack, and temporary tattoos!

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    Laser-cut pendant

    Choose from wood or acrylic pendant, laser-cut with CROWN motifs. Comes with lighter, postcard, sticker pack, and temporary tattoos!

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    NEW! CROWN burst wall art

    Have a little piece of CROWN on your wall at home! These are pieces from the creation of CROWN, buffed and sparkled for you to enjoy and display your support. Comes with lighter, postcard, sticker pack, and temporary tattoos.

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    NEW! CROWN Logo wall art

    Show your support with a unique metal plate on your wall at home! Signed by Charlie and featuring the design of the CROWN panels, they are a great addition to your home gallery of Burning Man art. Comes with lighter, postcard, sticker pack, and temporary tattoos.

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    T-shirt

    Sport your support with a CROWN tee just like the crew wears! Comes with pendant, lighter, postcard, sticker pack, and temporary tattoos!

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    Your Name on the Wall

    Be a Part of CROWN! See your name (or your dedication) on a plaque attached to one of the 24 panels that make up the Wall. You'll also receive a pendant, lighter, postcard, sticker pack, and temporary tattoos!

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    Name a Tower

    CROWN has 4 hydraulic towers, and YOU can name one at this level of support. We'll invoke your name daily as we build, install, and show the sculpture at Burning Man and beyond! Your name will appear at the interactive control center, and you'll also receive a T-shirt, pendant, lighter, postcard, sticker pack, and temporary tattoos after Burning Man.

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    Mini lightbox sculpture

    Light up your space with this original votive sculpture in wood or metal. The panels will have the same cut-out pattern as CROWN! Comes with pendant, lighter, postcard, sticker pack, and temporary tattoos.

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    Artist Date + Limo Ride at Burning Man

    At this level of awesome support, you'll receive a royal experience! You and 5 friends are invited to ride with Charles and crew from Illumination Village to CROWN at Burning Man to start up the sculpture. You'll get a personal guided tour of the art with those who made it, and we'll probably take a picture too. You'll also receive a T-shirt, pendant, lighter, postcard, sticker pack, and temporary tattoos after Burning Man.

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