The inspiration for this project began with my experience with Cubatron in 2006. It was one of the first things that truly made me pick my jaw up off of the playa and question my place in the wonderful world created by Burning Man.The intention is to take that concept to the next level and create an interactive and unpredictable light design that participants are able to meander through, the question mark of life, followed by the polar experience of then giving them the controls to alter the experience for others.
Through interaction with the art piece, they find themselves going through a series of random experiences that are generated by the lights emanating from The Tunnel of Questionable Enlightenment. The experience of which will be a rite of passage in and of itself. This experience offers a reflection of the journey through life. We don’t always know where we are going, or even perhaps, from where we have come. The path is unclear, yet at times the insights along the way are profound. Our environment colors our perception, and our perception in turn illuminates the path. As we approach the curve of the question mark, it is suddenly apparent that we are not alone in our journey. Others who have navigated the Questionable Transformation, are there to help us along our way, and in turn we assist those that are waiting in the dark dusty alcove inside the question mark. The Tunnel of Questionable Enlightenment aims to provide an experience to Burners for years to come. An ever expandable art installation that will offer participants a new and ever changing opportunity toward enlightenment. It is meant to inspire others to create and reflect upon their own experiences by evolving into a new piece every year.
This project consists of one hundred 7.25 foot tall steel arches placed approximately 1 foot apart and arranged in a question mark shaped pattern on the playa floor. Each arch will be lined with an LED strip which holds 160 individually programmable LED lights (16,000 LEDs total) and are controlled via 4 independent wheels in the middle of the question mark’s arch. Participants will initially begin at the dot of the question mark and be presented with directions and the philosophy of the project by a podium illuminated by black lights. Participants will walk through the path of the tunnel, surrounded by the stimulation of ever changing colors and patterns of electro-luminescence. The tunnel will be an open beacon on the playa which will draw curious participants to inquire what the lights could possibly be.
There will be breaks in the tunnel every 20 feet for an easy immediate exit should it be necessary. Upon completing the 100 foot trek of the hall of lights at the top end of the question mark, participants will be faced with 4 large wheels of various sizes, ranging from 4-10 feet in diameter. Each correlate with a function of controlling the light, speed, pattern and color of the tunnel. Participants rotating the wheels provides an opportunity for them to affect the enlightenment for those walking inside.
The goal here is to provide people of Burning Man the opportunity to experience an incredible art installation. The impact of this project will be determined by YOU and your enlightenment.
The total project consists of 100 arches, but this is based on 100% funding. As funding is raised, the number of arches will increase! So it is through the help of our supporters that we will achieve the full length of the tunnel. , but if we don't get all 100 arches we will come up with a configuration that satisfies the questionable shape with the number of arches we have!
What We Need & What You Get
We applied for funding through Burning Man but were one of the 319 submissions and did not receive funding this year. We are trying to be as transparent as possible here. You can check out our budget here. The amount of money that we receive is really going to depend on how many rewards that we will end up having to provide. The first 20 arches of the project have been funded by Workinonit. If you see the budget, without taking into consideration the individual arches, the remaining infrastructure costs about $3,000. So the first $3000 will go to creating the structure and all needed components to create the project. Then, every $104 will be put towards an additional individual arch.
Our goal is set at $6,000, but we need a lot more funds than that to make 100 arches possible. So extra money will be used to fund more arches! Our budget without transportation is $13,500 but we are being conservative here so we can make our goal!
Here is the t-shirt graphic.(The picture is not showing so well on this page so check out the link.)
Here is the panty/booty short/boxer graphic. The graphic will be on the front for the ladies and the back for the guys! This graphic will also one that will be used for one of the stickers being designed!
Here is the LED Tunnel Necklace you would receive at the appropriate reward level.
Here is the picture of the project print.
Here is a videoof the LED vest reward.
Other Ways You Can Help
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THANK YOU for all of your support!
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