Phoenicopterus Rex is a gigantic replica of a pink plastic lawn flamingo. At 40 feet tall and 20 feet long, she will be the largest flamingo sculpture in the world, and probably the most absurd lawn ornament ever constructed. For us, this project is a dream come true, and we're grateful for your help!
We're already working hard on construction in San Francisco, in preparation for her debut at Burning Man 2017. There she will act as the centerpiece for various events, including a barbecue, parade, and burlesque show, to name a few. Brave Burners can climb atop her back, a thrilling 28 feet above the Playa floor. Timider Burners can enjoy lawn games on the surrounding astroturf, including bocce, cornhole, croquet, and maybe lawn darts.
For updates on build progress with pretty pictures, see the Updates tab.
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P-Rex will have a skeleton of wood and steel, skin of fiberglass, and legs of steel. The body will consist of two major pieces, constructed in San Francisco and combined in Black Rock City. We're working with a professional structural engineer (and Burner) on the design, so she should be rock solid.
We plan to transport P-Rex (including lawn and fence) to Burning Man via two stake bed trucks. These are three-axel vehicles, and no special driver's license is needed, so our volunteers will drive.
Our costs break down roughly like this:
We're lucky to get build space, some equipment, and lots of volunteer time for free.
The party doesn't need to stop with a simple giant flamingo. With more funds, there is so much more we can do:
- $15,000: Tutu. Tutu Tuesday is a time-honored tradition on the Playa, and with some extra scratch, we can outfit our bird in a giant rainbow tutu.
- $20,000: Laser Eyes. With more money, Mingo can light up the night sky with wacky fluttering lasers shooting from both eyes.
- $25,000: Onesie. Wow! With this much scratch, we can also celebrate Onesie Wednesday. We'd love to hear your ideas for the onesie; so far giraffe is our favorite.
- $50,000: Pair of Flamingos. Holy Mother! Don Featherstone originally designed two different flamingo poses, and we can build both with this much money.
Josh Zubkoff is the artist and mastermind behind Phoenicopterus Rex. His first major Burning Man art project was Wings in 2016, which also appeared at the World's Fair Nano in San Francisco, and received the FnF Summer Art Grant. Other contributors include:
- Molly Shelestak: Project Manager. Project lead and organizer, scheduling, website, social media, and team morale.
- Rodrigo De Lima: Graphic Designer. Project logo, overall brand, and creation of special edition poster for backer rewards.
- Brigid Hughes: Speaker. Public speaker and promoter for events.
- Srikanth Guttikonda: Transport Lead. Ensures we get the project to and from the Playa safely.
- Jon Dye: Chef. Event coordinator, performance artist, and grumpy grillmaster.
- Cody Smith: Instigator. Design consultant, campaign collaborator, accountant, and backer zero.
- Build Team: Alex Morrison-Rusas, Cassie Ott, Michael Zee, and Chase Brignac.
Risks and challenges
There are many potential setbacks during construction and transportation of this giant bird. In particular, if the legs are damaged in shipping, we might not be able to loft her into the air at Burning Man. In that case, we'd set her nesting on the ground instead.
If her back proves slippery or otherwise fall-prone, we might not be able to allow climbing on the Playa. In this case, we'll simply have to admire the flamingo from below.
If we cannot secure appropriate food permits, we might not be able to host our barbeque event. In that case it'll be BYO meat.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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