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$4,004
pledged of 18 000 $pledged of 18 000 $ goal
57
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, July 30 2017 5:28 PM UTC +00:00

About

Our Campaign has MOVED.  Please make your contributions and buy your schwag at our new campaign site.

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Let's Bring the Nyan Cat to Life

You know when you love a meme so much, you just need to turn it into a giant, mobile music-and-light show that roves around the desert serving free pastries?

Yeah. We’re right there with you. 

The Astro Cats are on a quest to launch one of the internet’s most iconic and lovable memes off the screen and into earth’s most extraplanetary playground: Burning Man. 

Your support is mission critical to bringing this magnificent dream into reality.

Who are The Astro Cats anyway?

Founded the same year the Nyan Cat blew up the internet, The Astro Cats have been bringing our space-cat obsession to the Nevada desert for the last 6 years. We are a motley crew of mischievous kitties led by an astronomer in cat tights, and we couldn’t be more excited to build our first art car. 

What’s an “art car” anyway?

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The Nyan Car is a 7500 pound, 8.5 foot tall, 20 foot long, 10 foot wide two-faced mutant vehicle with 280+ square feet of plexiglass pixels powered by 7,000 full-range RGB triple-LED bulbs and a 2,000-watt generator, all built on top of a modified 4x4 pickup truck. With 1,800 fully-programmable pixels animating non-stop, and a 500-watt speaker system pumping Nyan-Cat inspired dance music, the Nyan Car will be a psychedelic late-night multimedia experience on four hot wheels. 

Our Nyan Car fits within the cherished Burning Man tradition of "art cars": mobile, interactive works of multimedia art. Some include sound-stages; others shoot fire. Art cars have reignited a sense of childlike wonder and joy in our lives, and we’d be honored to bring that sensation of awe and excitement to others.

Art cars must pass a stringent review and be licensed by the Department of “Mutant” Vehicles (DMV) before they can drive at Burning Man. We’ve already received DMV approval, made detailed 3D renderings and calculations, and determined and priced out our materials down to the millimeter.

All that remains is to fund, order, and build. 

But how do I wear this?

As a reward for your generous support, we are collaborating with The Fitz (http://www.fitztastic.com/) to develop Nyantastic merchandise that you’d be proud to bring home and introduce to your mom. We've designed an awesome suite of original Nyan-inspired limited-edition art that will be produced only for this fundraiser: 

BOTH Andrew Fitzpatrick original Round 3" Sticker AND a "I Backed the Nyan Car" Bumper Sticker ($10 -- $7 to the project -- $3 for the stickers!)
BOTH Andrew Fitzpatrick original Round 3" Sticker AND a "I Backed the Nyan Car" Bumper Sticker ($10 -- $7 to the project -- $3 for the stickers!)

 

Andrew Fitzpatrick original design fancy Enamel-Glazed Embossed Lapel Pin 3/4" ($25 -- $19 to the project -- $6 for the pin!)
Andrew Fitzpatrick original design fancy Enamel-Glazed Embossed Lapel Pin 3/4" ($25 -- $19 to the project -- $6 for the pin!)

 

Andrew Fitzpatrick original design Trucker Hat ($50 -- $38 to the project -- $12 for the hat!)
Andrew Fitzpatrick original design Trucker Hat ($50 -- $38 to the project -- $12 for the hat!)

 

Andrew Fitzpatrick original design Tank Top in Navy ($60 -- $40 to the project, $20 for the shirt!)
Andrew Fitzpatrick original design Tank Top in Navy ($60 -- $40 to the project, $20 for the shirt!)

    

What You're Funding (Beyond All that Bad Ass Schwag)

  • 400+ ft of Steel Framing (uni-strut channels, clamps, mounts, brackets, connectors, you name it) 
  • 7,000+ LED WS2801 Waterproof Nodes
  • Plexiglass Signboard for Facade
  • A Honda EU 2000 Generator
  • Raspberry Pi for LED Controls
  • Miscellaneous screws, brackets, welding materials 
  • Truck Repairs & Modifications
  • 1,000+ Strawberry "Toaster Pastries"
  • CNC Precision Drilling & Cutting
  • White Birch Plywood for Backing
  • Steel Welded Truck Rack 
  • Pixel Walls
  • Transportation
  • Mutan-ification of the Truck Hood & Rear
  • Siren & PA system for safety
  • Adding a Fan to the Engine
  • Weatherproof Electronics Box 
  • Foam sheeting for rough edges
  • Gasketing to Seal the Pixels
  • First Aid Kit
  • Tarp for Possible Oil Spills
  • Power Supply Unit
  • Spare Tire
  • Fuse Box
  • Air Filters
  • White Paint
  • 2x4s to mount panels to steel rack
  • Backup Car Battery
  • Jumpers
  • Engine Oil 
  • Zip Ties
  • Epoxy
  • Anti Freeze / Coolant
  • Belt Conditioner Spray
  • Tire Plug Kit
  • Duct Tape
  • Wood Glue

   

The Crew Behind this Madness

 

    

 Find & Follow Us -- We're Official ;o)

Risks and challenges

The Nyan Car is an absurd, ambitious project on a tight timeframe. Its success requires timely purchase of materials and rapid execution. The good news is that we have a great base vehicle and detailed design blueprints, and we've cleared all major logistical and regulatory hurdles.

We've put so many hours into this project that it is just *not* an option to give up. Only funding is holding us back -- and we're hoping you are as psyched about bringing this project to life as we are!!

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    CONTRIBUTE ON OUR NEW CAMPAIGN

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    - WONKA ON THE PLAYA -

    “Golden Ticket” for a special "toaster pastry" on-Playa -- what could it be?!?

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    - BURNER -

    Extra Tight Hug! Plus bonus digital mixtape of our original Nyan beats.

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    - KITTY -

    Sweet Nyan Car sticker, perfect for a laptop or forehead. Original art by Andrew Fitzpatrick.

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    - NYASTRO CAT -

    Your very own Nyan Car pin! Original art by Andrew Fitzpatrick.

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    - NYANIMAL -

    High-resolution print of our best nighttime photo of the cat on the Playa.

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    • Digital Mixtape of Nyan-Beats
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    - NYAN TRUCKER -

    Fashionable and eye-popping trucker hat with our custom Nyan Car logo, perfect for any occasion.

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    - NYASTRONAUT -

    Channel your inner space kitty with the Astro Cats Nyastronaut shirt.

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    • Digital Mixtape of Nyan-Beats
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    - DOGE -

    WOW! SUCH VALUE! SO MUCH CAT! FOREHEAD STICKER, SHINY PHOTO, *AND* TRUCKER HAT. SUCH MONIES! MANY GRATITUDES!

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    - PACK CAT -

    You want schwag? We've got schwag. Sticker + Pin + Photo + Trucker Hat + Nyastronaut Shirt. Enough to build a nest with!

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    • Nyan Car Pin
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