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Support Burning Man's 1st wilderness outpost, the OTIC OASIS, a shelter in the walk-in camping area, free from vehicles.
Support Burning Man's 1st wilderness outpost, the OTIC OASIS, a shelter in the walk-in camping area, free from vehicles.
99 backers pledged $10,430 to help bring this project to life.

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Have we said it enough? THANK YOU!! We are stunned and awed and excited and full of gratitude for the overflowing generosity! Please excuse us if we ever sounded stiff with outreach efforts – juggling the fundraising and the management of actually doing the project is leaving little time left over for pleasantries. But we are consumed by passion bringing this new community gathering place to Burning Man! 

We are literally out the door to build the Otic Oasis now. If you land on this page after this funding round has closed and are inspired to donate, please use this link:

http://www.razoo.com/story/Oticoasis

We’ll see you at the Otic Oasis - at 2:30 way past L deep in Walk-In Camping!

http://www.oticoasis.org/

THANK YOU!!  We made the goal with two more days to go!! But we still want -- and need -- your support.  We now will get the Oasis to the playa -- but remember, it's not burning, we still have to buy a container to store the structure in Gerlach.  Please keep donating.  We are so energized by the support of the community -- and we can't wait to be on the playa creating this amazing space. 

UPDATE:  Ritual Coffee Roasters, San Francisco's most famous coffee and cafe, has generously offered to donate a package of their incredible coffee (12 oz.) for any donation over $40.

UPDATE: Deepest gratitude to everyone who has supported us to date since your donations have allowed us to buy our build materials and paid for all the milling! We are off to a solid start but making a donation now is essential to help bring this vision to the playa. This second round of fundraising on Kickstarter is necessary because we can't help but add additional refinements to the Oasis, such as built-in seating and incredible lighting (it will be a moon-less event this year), and costs such as transport to and from the playa are much more than we anticipated.  We are not burning the OTIC OASIS and hope to bring it back to the playa refined and more accommodating with every year – imprinted with the previous year’s DNA (humm….perhaps literally) - so your gift will support our gift that hopefully keeps gifting every year!

BACKGROUND: 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, 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 the wall of sound and commune with our internal and external environments. This year, our installation, the OTIC OASIS, intends to bring citizens an audio antidote to the cacophony of BRC by providing an alternative of peace and quiet. This will be the first structure placed in a cordoned off wilderness area, deep in walk-in camping, where no motorized vehicles are permitted. This unexplored zone is also free of loud amplified music, Las Vegas-like lights, and frenetic energy. The OTIC OASIS can be reached only by foot or bike, enhancing the desert calm. And in keeping with the requirements of this area, all build materials will be hand-carted into the Oasis' wilderness location, and it will be erected without use of any motorized vehicles. At last, a retreat where the aural options are in keeping with the indigenous stillness and aesthetics of the Black Rock desert. Please don’t misinterpret our message. We also make the trek to Burning Man in order to allow our neurons to fire at a higher frequency. We love fire art, surround sound music, and the higher level of engagement and awareness that we rarely can tap into elsewhere. That said, we celebrate DIVERSITY too and we are attempting to assist broadening the playa’s ever evolving offerings.

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

THE STRUCTURE: The OTIC OASIS will be comprised of a 35-foot geometric cluster structure that provides shade, shelter and comfort for quiet and contemplation. It will have a crystalline, honeycomb configuration of interwoven modules for individual, as well as group, use. The OTIC OASIS is an ingenious design by artist Gregg Fleishman.    Made completely of interlocking wood, with no nails, glue or metal fasteners, our construction will leave virtually no “moop” (matter out of place) since it will be precut off playa. On-playa, we will mostly be assembling the various pieces, rather than leaving any traditional construction site detritus. The composition 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. We are honored to have the opportunity to construct such an important piece of the Burning Man experience.

The Otic Oasis is a sponsored project of The Immediate Life, Inc., Reverend Billy’s non-profit community service organization, due to the Oasis' civic, environmental and educational nature. Contributions to the Otic Oasis are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.  

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    We will give you a shiny, holographic sticker with Otic Oasis logo on it. In addition, we will list every donor from every level on our online register.

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    In addition to the sticker, you will receive an official certificate, suitable for framing, signed by the artist, Gregg Fleishman.

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    In addition to the sticker and signed certificate, we will also send you a colorful, stylish and useful wrist sweatband with the Otic Oasis logo embroidered on it.

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    In addition to the sticker and signed certificate, you will receive a fashionable Otic Oasis T-shirt

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    In addition to the sticker and signed certificate, you will receive an exquisite stainless steel pendant necklace with our Otic Oasis logo.

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    The one and only Otic Oasis Gift Basket! Includes sticker, signed certificate, wristband, t-shirt and pendant.

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    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 it is also a puzzle and a conversation piece. Sent to you flat with video instructions to assemble. See the connector here: http://www.oticoasis.org/2011/07/new-node/ Also includes an Otic Oasis Gift Basket from the $100 level.

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    Due to demand, we are preparing more of these connectors. 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 it is also a puzzle and a conversation piece. Sent to you flat with video instructions to assemble. See the connector here: http://www.oticoasis.org/2011/07/new-node/ Also includes an Otic Oasis Gift Basket from the $100 level.

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    You and a guest can pile on your playa finery and all your Otic Gift Basket collectibles from the $100 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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    If you donate this generously, 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 are included in museum collections. His signed chairs retail for more than this 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 an Otic Oasis Gift Basket from the $100 level.

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    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. Also includes an Otic Oasis Gift Basket from the $100 level.

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Funding period

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