The Dragonfly Mating Ritual - FUNDRAISER

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The Dragonfly Mating Ritual - FUNDRAISER

Postby Papa Bear » Thu Jun 22, 2017 9:48 pm

The Dragonfly Mating Ritual is an interactive art installation destined for Burning Man 2017 and beyond. Designed and constructed in Loveland, Colorado, it stands as a monument to and celebration of the rituals of love, sex, and romance, in all of their variations.

Standing approximately 40 feet tall and 50 feet wide, the sculpture initially rises from the playa as an eight-sided wooden flowerpot, giving way to a 24’ wooden stem atop which a spinning lotus blossom of steel and light reaches up to meet the sky. Beneath the blossom, six rotating arms fan out, each of the six supporting a suspended mobile of five unique pairs of mating dragonflies, locked in their unique heart-shaped embrace.

Participants may ascend the internal structure to a viewing platform, where they have the opportunity to help rotate the blossom and the thirty pairs of dragonflies. Colors and patterns will cascade across the petals of the flower as it turns, pulsing to the sounds of the playa and reacting to the presence of participants, steadily building in intensity until a 20' eruption of flame and heat bursts forth from the blossom and up into the desert night.

This sculpture requires over 12,000 LED lights, 750 feet of cable, hundreds of square feet of stainless steel mesh, thousands of watts of power, hundreds of square feet of cut and painted plywood, and some careful power and structural engineering to build - not to mention mass quantities of propane to power the central flame effects.

We’re well underway and have made a ton of progress, but we can still use a lot more help. We are the recipients of a 2017 Honorarium grant from Burning Man, have enjoyed the generous support of several local suppliers who have helped keep costs down, and of course there have been significant contributions from team members themselves. Still, it takes a lot to build something of this size, transport it the thousand miles from Colorado to the playa (and then back again), and supply it with power and fuel while it is there. To that end, we could really use your support.

We’ve just launched our crowdfunding effort, it can be found here:



We truly appreciate any support you can give us - and if you happen to be in Colorado, you're more than welcome to come on over and join the project!

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Re: The Dragonfly Mating Ritual - FUNDRAISER

Postby Papa Bear » Fri Jun 30, 2017 8:22 am

Progress continues! This week saw the completion of the first of 30 different pairs of mating dragonflies (roughly 3' in wingspan, these are some big bugs), as well as eighteen ~10' steel flower petals.

We're 7 days into our fundraiser and ~7.5% funded, quite a bit of which has come from ePlayans. Thank you - we're all extremely grateful for your support. Whether you've contributed even a few dollars, shared the fundraiser link with others, or just let us know you're looking forward to seeing the final result, it all makes a difference.

Here are a few shots of work in progress - more details (including an explanation of one of the local rituals we're honoring) are on our updates page.

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Re: The Dragonfly Mating Ritual - FUNDRAISER

Postby Papa Bear » Mon Jul 17, 2017 9:21 pm

Slowly but surely, we're picking up steam. $1900 funded so far, but we still have a long way to go.

If you're able to donate even a few dollars to help us get this finished, fueled, and transported to the playa, please consider doing so - every little bit gets us that much closer, and if we don't make our goal, you don't pay a penny. If not, then please consider sharing our project with your friends - you never know who might be a secret odonataphile!

Regardless, come check out the progress we're making on those dragonflies!

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Re: The Dragonfly Mating Ritual - FUNDRAISER

Postby Papa Bear » Wed Jul 26, 2017 2:40 pm

With four weeks to go, we've crossed the 20% milestone - thanks for all your support!

We've been having a grand old time - the first of three layers of petals on the lotus blossom have been attached, the mobiles are cut and being painted, and the dragonflies are rolling in! We've been adding lots of work-in-progress pictures, so check out our latest update.

Here's a small preview:
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