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Loquacious and Lovely are 2 unicorns being created for the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, NV, USA.
Loquacious and Lovely are 2 unicorns being created for the Burning Man festival in Black Rock City, NV, USA.
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Loquacious and Lovely are two climbable, interactive unicorns that "talk". This Public Art piece was designed for massive public interactivity, and the first stop is at the Burning Man Festival in Black Rock City, Nevada.

What do the unicorns look like?

Lovely and Loquacious are two adult-sized colorful unicorns that resemble characters found on Carousels and Playgrounds. Specifically, their design is based on a piece of playground equipment called a "spring rider”. These Unicorns are slightly larger versions of spring riders that have the same cartoon-like characteristics. They have oversized bright eyes and a cute horn to match their cute bodies. They are shaped to comfortably seat adults, yet mounted at 14" above the ground similar to playground equipment. Loquacious is painted in a white scheme, Lovely in a pale pink scheme, each lit with LEDs and facing each other at a distance of a few feet. Riders will thus face each other, sharing the joy for that brief encounter or linger on in conversation deep into the night.

Rendering of Loquacious & Lovely On-site, background photo credit: Billie Grace Ward
Rendering of Loquacious & Lovely On-site, background photo credit: Billie Grace Ward

 They talk? REALLY?

Both unicorns have a speaker concealed in their bellies, adding a sound element to the surreal scene they present. A few feet away, two voice boxes are mounted on carnival themed posts. These boxes house microphone stations through which participants lend their voices to Lovely and Loquacious. When a participant speaks through a voice box, their voice comes out of either Loquacious or Lovely. If someone is on top of one of these unicorns, they will hear the voice as if it were coming out of the unicorn they're riding on. Imagine the delicious interplay of human creature dialogue!

Cross section of inside space to hold speakers and batteries
Cross section of inside space to hold speakers and batteries

What will your money be spent on?

  • Help with Freight transportation to the Playa via the NYC Container
  • Extra Fiber optics to make the tails fluffy
  • Chatty voiceboxes for chatty unicorns to talk through (OK, they're actually Karaoke speakers)
  • Much more LED strip lighting and controllers to make them beautiful at night
  • "Enlighten" (a type of glowing acrylic) eyes
  • Batteries and charging (Boring but necessary)
Side Elevation View
Side Elevation View

What kind of experience am I contributing to?

Even at a distance and through the dust, the shape of the spring-mounted unicorns Loquacious and Lovely invoke a spirit of play. As you approach, you may see participants bobbing and bouncing on our playa version of an everyday playground. Spring riders are common, safe playground equipment inviting to young and old alike. The art is highly interactive- we hope that people who do not know each other will play and leave the piece laughing, as friends, with respect and love for each other. Those waiting for their turn may forget about riding while they enjoy making Lovely and Loquacious speak and sing on our carnival microphone stations. Unsuspecting passers-by will get drawn in by the sound of these talking, bouncing Unicorns while participants explain how the entire play set sculpture works.

Rendering of Loquacious & Lovely at night. Photo Credit: Billie Grace Ward
Rendering of Loquacious & Lovely at night. Photo Credit: Billie Grace Ward

Tell me more about the rewards?

Loquacious and Lovely, the 2 unicorns, give really great loving email poetry. They also can call you on your phone and whinny-neigh-neigh a voicemail if that's your thing. 

These modern and stylish unicorns have a bluetooth connection and can do a playlist from your phone. DJs and storytellers be in touch. There will be an afternoon story time and nighttime beats. Got a DJ and storyteller friend you want to support while supporting this project? Send us their mp3. Artists, free for you, send us your stuff <3

How about a postcard with a photo of the Unicorns on the front? While out on Playa we will hand write you a note with "tails" of adventures. We will be thinking of you! 

One of the many postcards we'll have
One of the many postcards we'll have

We've got a funny sticker designed by Niki Azevedo. We'll have more stickers coming, so watch this page!

You can really get behind this sticker reward, and it's available as a T-shirt too!

T-shirt and Sticker by Niki Azevedo
T-shirt and Sticker by Niki Azevedo

Love unicorns? We're making T-shirts out of the sticker images!

Want Lovely on around your neck? Get one of these leather unicorn necklaces created by the talented Olivia Barr www.oliviabarr.com

Lovely Leather necklace by Olivia Barr
Lovely Leather necklace by Olivia Barr

Need a furry-collared hoodie to keep you warm? Want a wee unicorn horn on top? We have you covered and all bundled up. Sophi and Adelle add the furry collar and horn to a nice cotton blend hoodie. All sizes.

We found these high quality snow globe kits and couldn't have been more excited at the prospect of cramming all of our Playa swag inside (in an artistic and attractive way of course).

If you'll be on the Playa, we'll do a photo session of YOU on the Unicorns and will email you the photo. If you won't be, choose Photoshop.

Our Playa party will be epic, with special treats that you will welcome out in the desert heat. We'll send you an invite, date and location and we are super excited to hang out with you. 

Who is Making These Unicorns?

  • Sophi Kravitz
  • Oliver Tanner
  • Adelle Lin
  • Justin Day
  • Max Henstell
  • Dee Esss
  • El Diablo
  • Mary Leary
  • Arie R

Special Thanks to KS Campaign Contributors

Risks and challenges

We were awarded an honorarium from Burning Man to cover minimum costs and so a solid amount of this project has already been budgeted and planned for. Engineering drawings have been completed and approved, metal has been purchased, fiber optic tails are ready to go, the sound system is working.

Loquacious and Lovely are happening!

The total cost of this project is over $14,000. This Kickstarter campaign is to help cover the costs to make this project truly magical. The devil is in the detail and we want the lighting design, the eyes, the tail and the unicorn bodywork to be truly spectacular.

Also, the Burning Man grant does not cover transportation costs from NY state to Black Rock City, so you will literally be helping Loquacious and Lovely to ride into the Playa!

Therefore, our final design choices will be made based on the outcome of the funding campaign and your enthusiasm to meet the unicorns.

Loquacious and Lovely cannot wait to play with you on the Playa!

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    Pay as you wish $1 or more: These unicorns can play music or stories through the speakers in their bellies.
    We will have afternoon story time and nighttime beats.
    Got a friend in the arts you want to support while supporting this project? Send us an mp3!
    Artists: free for YOU <3

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    Voicemail or email from Loquacious + a personal thank you on Loquacious and Lovely website!

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    Sexy Unicorn stickers [2] + a personal thank you on Loquacious and Lovely website!

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    Personally handwritten Unicorn Postcards from Black Rock City + thank you on Loquacious and Lovely website!

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    Unicorn T-shirt + a personal thank you on Loquacious and Lovely website!

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    Photo session of YOU on the Unicorns and photo emailed to you. [Choose Playa or Photoshop] + a personal thank you on Loquacious and Lovely website!

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    Lovely leather unicorn necklace designed by Olivia Barr + a personal thank you on Loquacious and Lovely website!

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    Signed image from Loquacious and Lovely + a personal thank you on Loquacious and Lovely website!

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    Handmade unicorn-themed snow globe stuffed with playa-found objects

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    Fur collar hoodie with soft unicorn horn

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    Private party on Playa [choose Playa or supporter] + a personal thank you on Loquacious and Lovely website!

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Funding period

- (30 days)