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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.
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.

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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.
P-Rex in Stretch Goal Tutu
P-Rex in Stretch Goal Tutu

 

 

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.

Are you excited yet?! Boing Boing is. So is Anorak!

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.

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    Flamingo Logo Sticker

    We will send you a shiny, pink sticker to slap on your favorite mug, bumper, or butt cheek.

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    Postcard from the Playa

    We will write and send you a postcard with a photograph of the finished flamingo on the Playa, postmarked by the Black Rock City Post Office.

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    Pin, Pendant, or Poster

    We will send you a pin or pendant with our pink flamingo logo, or a 16x20" postcard with a photograph of the finished flamingo on the Playa.

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    Tee, Tank, or Hoodie

    We will send you a t-shirt, tank top, or hooded sweatshirt with our flamingo logo, in any combination of white, black, and pink.

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    Signed Handlebar Flamingo

    We will send you a regular-sized plastic flamingo, signed by the artist, Josh Zubkoff, to mount on your bicycle's handlebars.

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    Hardcover Photo Book

    We will send you a handsome book containing renderings, schematics, and photographs of the construction, assembly, and Playa events. It's a great way to remember the joy!

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    Flamingo Rebar Toppers (6x)

    Keep your toes safe on the Playa! We will send you six flamingo heads to use to cover the exposed rebar holding down your tent. Playa pick-up available.

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    Flamingo Trophy

    Pretend to be an accomplished hunter! We will send you a flamingo head mounted on a plaque, to hang on your wall. Playa pick-up available.

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    Front Lawn

    Once you set up your tent at Burning Man 2017, we'll come by to put down astroturf, and put up a white picket fence and several pink plastic lawn flamingos. You can keep these, or leave them for us to pick up. (Gnome not included.)

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    Flamingo Playa Bike

    Ride around on a tricked-out flamingo bike, covered with pink fur, flamingo parts, and lights for night. Ready for Playa pick-up at Burning Man 2017, or shipping arranged separately.

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    4x Flamingo Model

    Take home a scale model of the P-Rex, which is 8 feet tall and 4 feet long. Discuss paint color and other details with the artist prior to construction. Available for pick up in San Francisco.

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