Burning Man 2016: Altared Space

It is that time again. Erica is running around like crazy trying to work, pay bills, and find time to participate in another Burning Man art project this year – 2016.

But this time it is a little bit different. It is amazing what you can find on the playa. Amazing art, life changing experiences… even love. Our friends Linda and Cheese found the latter. They met at Burning Man in 2013. They got engaged during Burning Man 2014, and this year, I’ve been give the unique opportunity to unite these two under our newest endeavor – Altared Space. Then we are burning it to the ground.

Linda and Cheese for scale at Altared Space.

We’ve been hard at work building sites, stripping wire, mastering Arduino, soldering, cutting, fundraising, CNCing – or, in other words, any other normal day for an involved Burner. 😉

But the man burns in less than 40 days (EVERYBODY PANIC) and we’re still a bit behind in fundraising. Check out our vision for the dusty playa:

Plywood arches, laser etched with mosaic designs similar to those found in mosques, cut precisely with CNC routers. The arches are arranged in a format similar to a cathedral or chapel. They meet in the center under a structure similar to a Chuppa, with a story of several different Austin based art projects painted upon it.

Under the canvas is an altar, the top surface of which is a blackboard. Chalk will be available for people to create their own designs, tell their own stories, or leave messages. Addressable LEDs will be place between the arches, displaying rainbow patterns of color.

Motion sensors will be placed strategically throughout the project, causing various changes and patterns to the LEDs as people walk through the project.

Microphones and speakers will be placed throughout the project as well, repeating back noises from other parts of the structure, filtered through various effects to make them almost unrecognizable and distinctly unsettling.

Like every do-ocracy, we need your help to get us there.

Donate now to get us to the playa!

Will we be seeing you there? Join us in creating art and celebrating love forged in fire!

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