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THE OTIC OASIS, a new civic refuge -- BURNING MAN 2011's video poster

Support Burning Man's 1st wilderness outpost, the OTIC OASIS, a shelter in the walk-in camping area, free from vehicles and noise. Read more

Gerlach, NV Public Art
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This project was successfully funded on July 3, 2011.

Support Burning Man's 1st wilderness outpost, the OTIC OASIS, a shelter in the walk-in camping area, free from vehicles and noise.

Gerlach, NV Public Art
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WE ARE SO GRATEFUL! Thank you all for helping fund this project.  We have now passed our stated Kickstarter goal of $20,000, with still a few days left.  But we need more than this to make this project work -- such as lights, shade, seating and transport -- and will continue fundraising until we leave for the playa, so PLEASE keep making donations and push us even higher!


There is one constant at Burning Man and that is the ubiquitous thump/thump of the deep bass beat of the electronic/trance/Burning Man branded music. Unbelievably, in such a vast arena, air space has become a premium. As the event's population has grown to 50,000 and higher, the sounds pumping from massive DJ speakers have filled all the remote crevasses of Black Rock City, and it has been virtually impossible to find a quiet space to escape these sound blasts and commune with our internal and external environments. But we bring you hope! This year we hope to install an oasis in a zone free of motorized vehicles and loud amplified music, lights, and energy: the walk-in camping area of BRC. Larry Harvey had the insight years ago to preserve this area, so there still remains within our City a tableau where the aural options are in keeping with the indigenous stillness and aesthetics of the Black Rock desert.

The OTIC OASIS is comprised of a 35-foot geometric cluster structure that provides shade, shelter, comfort and individualized spaces for quiet and contemplation of our natural surroundings. The OTIC OASIS is made completely of interlocking wood, with no nails, glue or metal fasteners, with the struts fastened together with patented "connectors" that fit together in an ingenious manner, and provide a great deal of strength and support. It will be a crystalline structure of interwoven modules for individual, as well as group use. Sound familiar to our Burning Man ethos? The "burningmimicry" and biomimicry of the design will complement the Black Rock Desert backdrop and offer a manmade structure that takes inspiration from the rocks, mountains, caves, and plateaus found in nature.

o•tic [oh-tik,ot-ik] –adjective. Anatomy, of or pertaining to the ear.

The OTIC OASIS can be reached only by foot or bike, enhancing the desert calm. And in keeping with the walk-in regulations of this area, all materials will be hand-carted in to the Oasis' wilderness location, and it will be erected without use of any motorized vehicles. 

If embraced by the community, the OTIC OASIS is intended to be a perennial structure: to return each year, as the Center Camp Cafe does, to continue to provide shade and shelter to weary travelers who might require a bit of tranquility in order to recharge. In future years, we hope other artistic pioneers will provide art in keeping with the OTIC OASIS’ intent, as "slow art" naturally populates this terrain.

The Connection Crew, composed of artists, builders and dreamers in both Los Angeles and the Bay Area, plans to enhance the OTIC OASIS in subsequent years, adding seating and other comforts to assist citizens to find even more diversity from our city's ever evolving options.

With your help, the Connection Crew can not only create the OTIC OASIS, but we can help build a civic center that will continue to grow and blossom each year. Donations may be tax-deductible, since the OTIC OASIS is fiscally sponsored by the non-profit The Immediate Life, Inc., due to the Oasis' civic, spiritual, environmental and educational nature. This initial funding is necessary to procure all tools and materials for the Oasis structure, and to set up our construction base. We will continue to fundraise until our departure for Playa, but making a donation now is essential to provide liftoff to this civic project.


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    PLEDGE LEVEL: We will give you a Sticker with the title of distinction, “2011 Charter Collaborator of the Otic Oasis," plus a virtual sticker or widget to post anywhere that links to the site. In addition, we will list every donor to the launch of the Otic Oasis, for all levels, as a "2011 Charter Collaborator" on our online historic register.

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    PROMISE LEVEL: In addition to the sticker, register listing and widget above, we will also send you a Patch with the Otic Oasis logo that can be sewn onto your playa wear. This patch includes the “2011 Charter Collaborator” distinction. All Charter Collaborator rewards are only available with pre-event donations and will not be handed out as schwag on the playa. Let people know you were an early supporter of this important civic development.

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    COPPER LEVEL: In addition to the rewards from the Promise Level, you will receive an official certificate, suitable for framing, signed by the artist, documenting that you are a year one Charter Collaborator of the Otic Oasis.

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    BRONZE LEVEL: You will receive a fashionable Otic Oasis T-shirt, plus the rewards from all levels above.

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    SILVER LEVEL: Everything from the bronze level plus an exclusive “Otic Oasis” logo Buff. A Buff is a colorful cylinder of stretchy microfiber with built-in sun protection – pull it over your head as a headband, neckband, pirate cap, beanie, dust mask, tube top and more. This is incredibly useful and unique.

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    GOLD LEVEL: There’s more! Everything from the Bronze Level plus an exquisite Pendant with our Otic Oasis logo. This collectible necklace is playa gold – eureka!

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    PLATINUM LEVEL: Unbelievably, the Otic Oasis structure is constructed without the use of metal, nails or glue. Instead artist Gregg Fleishman has patented unique geometric connectors, or nodes, to magically assemble his structures. For your generosity, we will send you one of his Full-size Nodes, router cut from Finland birch, signed by the artist. It is an interactive and unique piece of playa art you will want to display in your home since not only is it art, but it is a puzzle and a conversation piece. Sent to you flat with video instructions to assemble. And yes, all the wonderful gifts through the Silver Level! See the connector here:

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    ROCK STAR LEVEL: You and a guest can pile on your playa finery and all your 2011 Charter Collaborator logo collectibles through the Silver Level, and come for a magical ride as passengers on a Flight over Black Rock City. Don't forget your camera and passport for your official BRC Customs stamp! For a $700 donation it will be you and two guests.

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    SUPER STAR LEVEL: If you join the ride here, we will give you something worth much more than your donation to the project. Gregg has designed the most ingenious "Sculpt Chairs" that are router cut from a single piece of Finland birch. His acclaimed, innovative and architectural furniture pieces express both modern and futuristic aesthetics and are included in museum collections such as the Museum of Modern Art. His signed chairs retail for more than the pledge amount. He has generously created a signed Special Edition of a new style Flame Chair. For this donation, you will receive *two* child Flame Chairs. Also includes all the items through the Gold Level. An image of the original 1980's Flame Chair in yellow is at left.

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    SHINING STAR LEVEL: For this level of donation, you will receive one of Gregg's full-sized signed Special Edition Flame Chairs. As noted, these museum-quality chairs retail for more than this donation amount.

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    METEORITE LEVEL: We feel your love! We have a strong desire to sit down with you and talk about it so we will gift you two signature Sculpt Chairs (the Special Edition Flame Chairs described above) and a round Tsunami Table, which will create your conversation space. Museum quality furniture that doubles as art, price tag = priceless. Also includes all the items through the Gold Level. An image of the Tsunami Table in natural is at lower left.

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    PATRON LEVEL: We bow down. So much so that we will actually give you the large shade structure from Gregg's 2010 camp, which is a pyramid central space with a semi-enclosed chill space adjacent to it -- all wood, no metal, in the spirit of Gregg's design ethos. Finally create that interesting gathering space for your camp, or mini-RV park, that you have been dreaming about. See the photo of the 2010 camp at bottom left. We will even transport the shade structure to the playa, supervise and help you set it up and break it down, and we can even take it back to the Los Angeles for you and you can pick it up there. Imagine the possibility of a no hassle, aesthetically pleasing camp this year - truly invaluable! Also includes all the items through the Gold Level for you and five friends and family.

Funding period

- (45 days)