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Help build the world's largest lawn flamingo, a 40-foot climbable sculpture, debuting at Burning Man 2017.
Help build the world's largest lawn flamingo, a 40-foot climbable sculpture, debuting at Burning Man 2017.
138 backers pledged $10,645 to help bring this project to life.

Phoenito

Posted by Josh Zubkoff (Creator)
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We Did It!

Phoenicopterus Rex with some visitors
Phoenicopterus Rex with some visitors

Twas a long, hard road to building this big bird, but the reception was worth it. Burners loved it, and used it as a beacon and meeting spot all week long. What a week it was. A lovely couple got wed. Chase's butt became famous. The line for Hell was longer than Disneyland (maybe no surprise at Burning Man). And Tutu Tuesday was thoroughly observed.

More than 1,000 people climbed our shaky ladder, and were mostly a combination of giddy and terrified. Some unauthorized climbing occurred, but we had a perfect safety record.

The Build Team and Mingo Crew did a fantastic job. Some of them were on Playa for more than two weeks, including through some major dust storms. Through long hours, hot weather, and constant setbacks, our smiles endured.

Mingo Crew on Burn Night
Mingo Crew on Burn Night

We returned home to a whirlwind of joy and praise. Phoenicopterus Rex was featured by Rolling Stone, National Geographic, and countless Instagram posts. Even everyone's absolute favorite hotel chain heiress paid a visit. If you post photos online, please tag them with #PhoenicopterusRex!

Rewards

You should have received your postcard by now, if you replied to our backer survey in time. If not, just let us know and we'll send another, although sadly not with the BRCPO postmark. Stickers, pins, and bonus wristbands are here and they look all look great.

A backer pin
A backer pin

As we finish gathering perks, we'll start shipping, most likely in November.

TTFN

This will be the end of our regular updates, although we'll keep you in the loop for Josh's future projects.

I love you, Josh, and I have never been happier for you :-D

Josh and Cody on Burn Night
Josh and Cody on Burn Night

<3 Cody

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    1. Jason Turgeon on

      Congrats on a great project! I never got the chance to say hello but I loved seeing that big bird from all over the playa, especially with that glowing eye. My only regret is that I never got around to climbing it. Maybe there will be a next time?