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SERENITY is an immersive fire sculpture of fireflies, built by the Flaming Lotus Girls, a San Francisco-based volunteer art collective.
SERENITY is an immersive fire sculpture of fireflies, built by the Flaming Lotus Girls, a San Francisco-based volunteer art collective.
320 backers pledged $31,898 to help bring this project to life.

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Flaming Lotus Girls present SERENITY

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Flaming Lotus Girls presents SERENITY - an interactive, immersive fire sculpture for Burning Man 2019

SERENITY is an immersive sculpture made of metal, fire, light, and sound. A large broken jar supports three giant fireflies, featuring interactive fire and LED illumination at night. Around the jar pieces are smaller fireflies that glow with LED light in a coherent color pattern and add to the whimsical nature of the piece. Cozy wooden benches are nestled in the jar pieces, offering sheltered places to linger, while subtle sounds permeate the space, adding to the immersive experience, both at night and during the day. Interacting with these fireflies feels magical, it brings you a sense of warmth and belonging.

Serenity rendering by Jake Bjeldanes
Serenity rendering by Jake Bjeldanes

Making beautiful sculptures that create inclusive spaces and encourage playing with fire and LED effects is what Flaming Lotus Girls is famous for. Each of the three giant fireflies contains a unique variety of participant-activated flame effects that are controlled by 24 buttons for people to push. LED lights in smaller fireflies will also have interactive elements. In addition, we will have methanol shooter shows at night, similar to those of the SERPENT MOTHER and MUTOPIA, shooting 30’ colored plumes of fire high into the night sky.

Help us reach our stretch goal to see more amazing fire shows like this! Serpent Mother at Burning Man. Photo by Arin Fishkin
Help us reach our stretch goal to see more amazing fire shows like this! Serpent Mother at Burning Man. Photo by Arin Fishkin

Flaming Lotus Girls is known for interactive, engaging, experiential art. Help us make SERENITY come alive! We have received an honorarium from Burning Man for partial funding of SERENITY. They believe in us, and you should too! 

The grant from Burning Man only covers a portion of our total costs. Your pledge to our Kickstarter fundraising goal will enable us to complete the sculpture, buy necessary materials (and propane!), transport the piece, and support the crew during the installation on the Playa. 

Serenity drawing by Carolyn Wales
Serenity drawing by Carolyn Wales

To sweeten the pot, we have a challenge for our amazing community:

As of right now, we have 1 methanol shooter show planned per night (fuel is expensive!!). If we meet our Kickstarter funding goal of $27K, we will introduce a stretch goal of $37K which will add 2 more methanol shooter shows to the schedule. For every $5K we raise after that, we’ll add another show (up to 6 additional shows for the week). But before we add these extra shooter shows, we need to hit our funding goal of $27K!

Help us reach our stretch goal to see more amazing fire shows like this!                                                                                                     Photo by Penny Breedon at Beakerhead, Calgary
Help us reach our stretch goal to see more amazing fire shows like this! Photo by Penny Breedon at Beakerhead, Calgary

Join our campaign! Become a crucial member of the Burning Man art community by helping to bring this magical piece of interactive fire art to the citizens of Black Rock City in 2019! In addition to all the warm fuzzy feelings you'll get from making SERENITY possible, you'll also receive our exclusive rewards and undying gratitude!

Bring the bugs to Burning Man! Once you back us, please share SERENITY with your friends! Thank you! 

Serenity rendering by Jake Bjeldanes
Serenity rendering by Jake Bjeldanes

Risks and challenges

Flaming Lotus Girls has a rich history of making big metal art for Burning Man: 19 years of creating beautiful fiery sculptures on a tight deadline. We are dedicated to SERENITY and will not disappoint!

But for the digital wallpaper, we aim to have your rewards to you before Burning Man! If you need a Flaming Lotus Girls sticker for your water bottle on the playa, come on by SERENITY to play, and we'll take care of you.

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    Egg level: Digital Wallpaper

    Even a small egg can one day transform into a beautiful firefly! Every dollar counts in a project like this - help hatch a firefly with your donation. You'll receive a downloadable desktop image of SERENITY from Burning Man 2019 as our thanks.

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    Hatchling level: Sticker/Tattoo pack

    As you emerge from your egg, you find yourself wanting to add a sticker here or there to redecorate. Hatchling level rewards include a sweet set of FLG/SERENITY stickers and tattoos, as well as Egg level rewards.

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    Larva level: FLG Bandana

    Grow that glow! Larva level rewards include all previous level rewards, plus an FLG-print bandana!

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    Pupa level: FLG collapsible cup

    All previous gifts plus a reusable, collapsible, silicone FLG cup! Just like a hard shell protects the firefly pupa during metamorphosis, this cup will protect your beverages and the planet! Comes with lid and lanyard, plus all previous level rewards.

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    Instar level: Laser cut acrylic pendant

    Some lucky bugs have multiple larval stages, little critters called "instars." You too will be a star with this laser-cut acrylic pendant featuring a Serenity logo, plus all rewards from Hatchling on down.

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    Metamorphosis level: SERENITY T-shirt

    To get yourself ready for your next stage of firefly life, you’ll need a change of clothes. Get your own limited-edition SERENITY T-shirt and let your wardrobe shine! Rock this shirt plus rewards from all previous levels as our thanks.

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    Imago level: SERENITY woodcut firefly

    After all the solitary work of metamorphosis is complete, it’s time for friendships! Donate at this level and buzz around with your own laser-cut wooden firefly friend, the same design as the actual itty bitty SERENITY fireflies! This level also includes all previous rewards.

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    *SPECIAL* SuperFly Hoodie

    Buzz around Burning Man just like FLG crew with this limited release SuperFly hoodie. It features the SERENITY logo in black and white with shiny GOLD foil detail. You'll also receive all rewards from "Instar" level on down. Guaranteed delivery pre-playa (as long as you complete your survey on time!)

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    Bioluminescent level: Metal art print

    Now it’s your time to shine with your very own brushed aluminum print (generally 12"x24") of an FLG sculpture on Playa! Display the beauty and power of flaming art in your home for your friends and family to enjoy, while also delighting in all previous rewards.

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    Transcendent firefly level: LED Workshop

    You’ve reached the highest stage of firefly achievement! With this enhanced consciousness, take part in an LED workshop in San Francisco, where you can learn how to make (and then take home) your own sewn circuit wearable. We’ll teach you how to connect basic electronics to a 5 volt power source as well as the introductory programming needed to make your LEDs blink, strobe and flash. All materials will be supplied and no previous experience is required! This reward level also includes all other rewards.

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Funding period

- (35 days)