Funded! This project was successfully funded on March 3, 2012.

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This project is to create an eight person mobile banquet table. We will serve fine dining while pedaling this around town.

We've been successfully funded!  Thanks for all the support!  But, this project will likely cost ~$4500 to really get it looking good.  I'm funding a lot of this out of my own pocket, but I'd rather not have to make compromises on the artistic elements that will really make this bike special.  So we still need your money!  We'd also love donations of fine dining accoutrements. 

Inspired by some amazing kinetic sculptures that I've seen at Burning Man over the years, I decided it was time to build my own.  I rounded up some hard working friends and we settled on the idea of a pedal-powered banquet table.  Along the way it picked up the moniker A Moveable Feast.  It's definitely going to be a hit on the playa this year.  Our goal is to have it finished in time for the Pasadena Doo Dah Parade on April 28th. 

Our concept is simple: Create an art bike that we can pedal around while enjoying a feast.  The seats must be comfortable and the table wide enough that our legs and drivetrain can fit underneath.  We've got a lot of details to hammer out, but we're making some great progress.  We'll decorate the table with the finest china, ornate chafing dishes, and goblets of wine, and we'll dine in style.  A meal upon the Moveable Feast will never be mundane. 

Building an art bike isn't cheap.  The wheels alone require hundreds of dollars of components.  There will be bearings, gears, drive components, brakes, seats, etc.  We'll need lots of linear feet of steel tubing to construct the frame.  We'll be running around salvaging as much as we can to simplify construction and keep costs low.  But, I imagine that this vehicle will cost $4.5k once it's completed.  I'm willing to front much of that money out of my own pocket, but I'm going to need some help from you guys.

I apologize if you're far away and won't be able to take a ride.  I'll be blogging our progress at http://danielbusby.com/kinetic-sculpture/ so you can at least vicariously live our endeavors.  If you want to help build, please let me know!  If you have some things that you can donate for the table top, we're always looking for cheap antiques.  We need candelabras, plates, serving dishes, table cloths, goblets, wine glasses, silverware, etc.  If it's fancy and belongs on an ornate banquet table, we need it.

Thanks for checking the project out!  Our team is very eager to share this with everyone!  I simply can't wait for that first meal on the town.

Here are some photos from our first actual work day:

And our first proto-wheel!  We just need to finish crimping the spokes.

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  • I'll dump all of that money into the project. The more you pay, the awesomer it gets. That and the reward parties will be better. :)

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    You'll receive our heartfelt thanks and appreciation. You'll feel some ownership for the vehicle when you hop on and take a ride with a smile. We'll also send you a copy of a recipe book of delicious meals that we'll be eating on The Moveable Feast. In fact every reward will come with this.

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    Join us for a drink or two on St. Patrick's Day to celebrate our progress! We probably won't be finished, but we hope to have a working drivetrain that we can pedal around. Be one of the first to ride the bike! (Maybe.)

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    Grab your friends and some costumes, because you'll be able to have your own photo shoot with the Moveable Feast. Want to re-enact the banquet scene in MacBeth? The Last Supper? The Mad-Hatter's Tea Party? Your family's thanksgiving? We'll provide a photographer if you don't have one.

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    A guaranteed ride at Burning Man! (Assuming you're already there!) We'll take a day ride and explore the town. You'll be surrounded by plentiful drinks and great conversation. Pictures will be taken to commemorate your experience.

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    Happy Hour on the playa, or at Big Art Labs in Los Angeles. Come on by for a pitcher or two of margaritas. We'll ride around for at least 30 minutes as well.

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    A copy of Ernest Hemingway's Moveable Feast, signed by everyone that helped make it. Included is the $25 or $30 reward.

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    A fancy Burning Man dinner aboard the Moveable Feast. We'll take a candlelit ride at dusk with a delicious feast upon the table. Menus have yet to be set, but ideas include roasted duck, ham, grilled vegetables, etc. You'll have some participation in the meal, no doubt. But this will only strengthen your enjoyment.

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    A ride with 5 of your friends aboard the Moveable Feast. The Feast will be roadworthy and legal, so we'll be able to ride anywhere that cars and bikes can. Myself and a friend will load up the bike and bring it anywhere in Los Angeles of your choosing. You can pick who fills the other 5 seats. Makes a great gift!

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    A feast aboard The Moveable Feast. A friend and I will cook up all of the food and provide a delicious meal. We'll pick an evening and dine while we ride. You can fill 6 of the seats with yourself and friends. Do we cruise down by the ocean? Through Hollywood? Downtown LA? Your choice! I can't think of a more unique triple date!

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