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An interactive art installation of 7 or more over-sized flowers that moves and lights up in response to our movements around it.
An interactive art installation of 7 or more over-sized flowers that moves and lights up in response to our movements around it.
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164 backers pledged $10,940 to help bring this project to life.

About this project

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About Burning Man

For one week a year we all create a living city together in the middle of the nearly lifeless Black Rock Desert. Then just as quickly as it appears, it disappears again. We go to share beautiful art and experiences with each other and with Blumen Lumen, we want to create an experience where the barren, hostile desert provides a serene sanctuary during the day.

Special thanks to Roy Two Thousand for lending his Burning Man timelapse video! http://roy2k.com/ http://vimeo.com/roytwothousand

An aerial view of the city built in just a few days by 60,000+ people
An aerial view of the city built in just a few days by 60,000+ people

Blumen Lumen

Blumen Lumen is an oasis of surreal and over-sized flowers that invites us to explore and gather underneath.

They come to life at night — the flowers are truly ALIVE and aware of our presence. The energy and movement we give is returned by our surroundings: they open up, light up, and make their own display of lights as we move around them.

Nighttime experience of Blumen Lumen
Nighttime experience of Blumen Lumen
One completed flower in real life (in its mostly-closed state)
One completed flower in real life (in its mostly-closed state)

Our Inspiration

We are a team of engineers and designers who work together, make together and have burned together for over 4 years. The concept was inspired from Origami—unique forms can be created from a single sheet with the right folds and geometry.This is a process that was perfected from several previous projects. including an emergency shelter design, and a yurt we built that has come to 3 previous burns.

The Yurt, a previous origami project based off of the same geometry
The Yurt, a previous origami project based off of the same geometry

Our Process

We have done a lot of experimentation and prototyping and have built a completely functional flower. The next steps will be to build more flowers and program the interactions that will make them come alive! With every thousand dollars we raise, we can bring an additional flower to life with goal of create 7 or more. This includes the cost of materials, electronics and mechanical pieces used to make the flowers move. 

The flower in motion
The flower in motion
the flowers in motion at night
the flowers in motion at night

Not only are we building Blumen Lumen as an experience for the Burning Man community in 2014, but Blumen Lumen will come to life in public spaces in the Bay Area after they return from the Playa.

We've received an initial grant from the Black Rock Arts Foundation but we need your help. By helping us raise at least $10,000, you will make it possible for us to complete the garden with 7 total flowers, complete with animatronics, lighting, and sound, but most importantly create a transformative experience that can be enjoyed by everyone.

You can help us bring this to life!

With your help we can make Blumen Lumen come to life at Burning Man 2014 and beyond.  Please share this page on Facebook and Twitter and link to our micro-site: www.foldhaus.com/blumenlumen.

Rewards:

Poster, to be printed with gold foil on natural paper... snazzy! $65
Poster, to be printed with gold foil on natural paper... snazzy! $65
Lasercut Neon Acrylic Medallion! Yours when you pledge $20
Lasercut Neon Acrylic Medallion! Yours when you pledge $20
Lasercut Layered Wood Medallion! Yours when you pledge $40
Lasercut Layered Wood Medallion! Yours when you pledge $40
set of post cards with metallic ink, awesome designs in progress :)
set of post cards with metallic ink, awesome designs in progress :)
Hand folded paper model of the flower on engraved acrylic base. Yours when you pledge $200
Hand folded paper model of the flower on engraved acrylic base. Yours when you pledge $200

Risks and challenges

Through the money already raised through a grant from The Black Rock Arts Foundation, we focused heavily on prototyping each component of Blumen Lumen, iterating through several versions and solving problems along the way. Currently we have successfully created one entire working full-scale flower, with production-level actuation, lighting, and physical support structure. While we are sure we will run into new challenges as we produce the rest of our garden and linking the flowers together, we deliberately tackled the hard problems first and are confident in our ability to work through those yet to surface!

In addition to our dedicated team or skilled designers, engineers, and artists, we have at out disposal a full professional wood and metal shop where we have spent the last several months working on the prototypes as well as the support and advice of additional professionals and long-time burners alike. Should unexpected problems arise there are many resources we can call upon to make sure our project is a success and that your generous donations are put to the best use!

We are passionate about creating this experience and bringing it to a variety of audiences. It is a challenge creating dynamic art at this scale, having it withstand harsh environments as well as several set-up and tear-down cycles. But we are committed to making it happen by working as hard as we possibly can and to tackling the challenge with everything we have. Indeed, we feel the biggest risk facing us at this moment is to have come this far and not be able to turn our one tall and proud flower into a garden and an engaging and illuminating experience for all.

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    Yay, we love you! Thank you, we'll add your name to the list of contributors on our micro-site, that will live on forever (maybe) on the internet.

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    Elegant gold-foil stamped poster of the Blumen Lumen logo (8.5" x 14") and recognition on our site.

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    Acrylic medallion with the Blumen Lumen logo, elegant gold-foil stamped poster of the Blumen Lumen logo, set of 3 beautifully designed postcards oand recognition on our site

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    Miniature flower using a similar fold pattern as the full-size flowers.

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    We'll set up the flowers at your event!
    (Bay Area only, 24 hours total. Please contact us prior to donation for installation requirements.)

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