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A public art installation of iridescent mirror-steel butterflies destined for Burning Man 2016 and a new Sculpture Park in Reno, NV.
A public art installation of iridescent mirror-steel butterflies destined for Burning Man 2016 and a new Sculpture Park in Reno, NV.
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Imago is a public art/sculptural installation that will make its debut at Burning Man 2016, after which it will be installed in Reno, Nevada at a new Sculpture Park. 

 Iridescent, turquoise mirror butterflies hover 17' over the desert, wings lifting as if just alighted, yet ready to fly.  “Imago” holds a space, in structure and feeling, that is light and uplifting, like an intimate temple or futuristic shrine to Nature's creative forms. 

 Vibrant blue-green wings of mirrored steel scatter reflected light around us in color and pattern; stepping beneath the delicately-perforated, arching wingspan, vivid aqua light scatters, encircling us in a vaulted, luminous space of geometric reflections.  The elevated butterflies are easily-resonant metaphors for the transformative experiences that compel so many migrations to Burning Man: immersion into a place of imagination, to be renewed, transformed. Butterfly metamorphosis mirrors our Playa experience specifically, and the process of artistic creation generally: intense preparations, followed by an immersion into the realm of the imagination..a dreamlike space that is safe-yet-undefined, full of potential. When the time of cocooning is over, we emerge, transformed. Just like as the newly-shaped creature butterfly, with nature's imaginative design forever etched onto its being, known as an imago, returns to the wider world, ripe for creation and pollination.

While I received a generous grant from Burning Man that cover 30% of the material costs, the artist is expected to raise the remainder through fundraising with community support, and out of their own pocket. 
I've already purchased the custom-finished steel  (mirror-polished and iridescent/colored on both sides) and still need to cover the costs of: frame materials, welding/fabrication costs, laser cutting, painting, lighting/wiring, transport costs. The remaining known costs come to $12,000 so I am looking to community to help lighten this significant financial investment. I'm already taking 2 months from my paid work (as is my partner) to build this art full-time for the public. We take care of all our own personal costs, we are contributing labor and time, as does the art-crew, but I would very much appreciate a helping hand to cover some of the material expenses. 

Thank you for your support!

Contributions will only :

- Purchase materials/services to build Imago : laser-cutting, steel tubing, welding, hardware, lighting, wiring, acrylic.

- Occasionally rent equipment that we don’t have or can’t borrow.

- Cover the costs of transporting the sculpture and equipment.

- Rent a workspace.

Contributions do not:

- Compensate me or the art crew for personal costs, or travel to the USA nor for labor/time/effort to build Imago .

- Cover any personal expenses to attend Burning Man (i.e. tickets, food, crew transport)

Risks and challenges

As an art team, we are unique : nearly all of us live abroad and come together once a year to create art. The challenges of building large-scale art without a home base are huge. We have the energy/ inspiration to do it. We take care of all our own costs. But we're asking community to help with the material and transport costs.

To manage our art-building time in the USA, we stay with friends, borrow cars and tools. We are very much supported by our community in this way, but it does present logistical challenges.

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    Heartfelt thank you on website :)

    You get a deep thank you on the eventual Imago page of my website. Everything helps and is truly appreciated!

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    Postcard of Imago

    You'll receive a postcard of Imago shining in the desert, with a big thank you for your support. Plus, your name will be mentioned with appreciation on the project page :)

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    Imago Image

    You'll receive an archival quality 5" x 7" photograph of Imago gleaming in the desert. (Unframed)

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    "Vivid/Living Surface" Pendant

    A well-loved reward!
    You get the eye-catching ‘Vivid/Living Surface’ pendant. Each piece is unique and hand-crafted by Kirsten. Far-out, futuristic, iridescent, yet elegant and organic…everyone will ask you about it, so get ready to boast about being a patron of the arts.
    ( I will have new colors for those of you who already own one of these…)

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    Reflecting Imago

    Imago photograph: You get an archive-quality metallic paper photograph of Imago glowing in the desert. This type of photo finish gives an effect of depth, detail and metallic reflections (like the sculpture..)

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    Winged Pendant

    You get an Imago-inspired pendant: each piece will be unique and hand-made by Kirsten. (known for striking jewelry…)

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    Imago T-shirt

    You'll get an Imago T-shirt to cocoon yourself in style and cotton, plus an archival quality photograph of Imago in the desert (unframed)

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    Cocoon

    You get a cozy Imago hoodie, plus an archival quality photograph (unframed) or an iridescent pendant

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    Artwork for your wall

    "Lens" : Kirsten is creating small-scale wall art using some of Imago's iridescent materials..dichroic acrylic and iridescent lenses combine into unique, reflective art pieces (between 9-12') diameter. Limited

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    Sunset Tour & Tapas

    Indulge in a private, in-depth showing & telling about Imago, with tapas and a toast (to you) under the glowing wings of the sculpture at the magic hour in the desert…it will special :) Plus two pendants. Bring a friend or two. *PLAYA ONLY*

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    Larger wall/hanging art piece

    "Iris/eye" : striking, luminous art for your wall. Inspired by the multi-faceted eyes of insects, "Iris/eye" mirrors us into multiple iridescent "eyes" as it contains us in a vision of collective reflection…(16" Diameter)

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    Luminous light/sculpture

    "Chrysalid": Kirsten is creating a luminous, iridescent light-piece, inspired by butterfly metamorphosis, using Imago's own iridescent metal wing-skin, "Chrysalid" will be a vibrant small-scale work of art that both reflects and gives light...

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    Patron of the Arts : Art commission

    You get to commission a totally original piece of art: which forms would you love to see around you? Wall-hanging, mobile, centerpiece, portrait, light.. Based on your inspirations/ wishes, it would be my pleasure to create a bespoke piece of art for your home.

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    Patron of the Arts : Art commission

    You get to commission a totally original piece of art: which forms would you love to see around you? Wall-hanging, mobile, centerpiece, portrait, light.. Based on your inspirations/ wishes, it would be my pleasure to create a bespoke piece of art for your home. ( indoor-size)

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