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Help Fan the Flames of RotoFuego!!!
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The RotoFuego team and I need your help to bring a beautiful fire sculpture to life, and to the Playa. Rotofuego is a retro-future exploration of the art of sculpting in fire. Participants create a fire tornado spun up by a fan powered by human pedaling. More

First, we are very proud that RotoFuego was awarded a coveted Honarium Grant from the Burning Man Organization. This is a big deal and we are delighted to be able to work with the amazing staff of the Artery, who support artists during the event. Unfortunately, the Honararium grant covers only a portion of our costs.   As the project has unfolded our budget (and the shortfall not covered by the grant) has grown.  We decided to fabricate the piece out of stainless steel which more than doubled our material costs.  In addition to materials it is crazy expensive to transport art to and from the event, plus a bonkers propane budget.  So I am reching out to seek help covering the gap.

To pull off this ambitious project, we have assembled a team of Mad Scientists from the HiveMind Collective, including Mauricio Bustos, Cody Culbertson, Alycia Freeman, Marvin Lew, and Michael Keeth.  We are all veterans of major playa art projects spanning many years, including Mauricio Bustos' exquisite LumenEssence from 2015 and the iconic "Apis Inlusio" Queenbee art car.  

Our vision is to make it easy for you to play with fire. Participants create and manipulate a fire tornado, spun up by a fan, in turn mechanically driven by a human pedaling a stationary bicycle.

Biking harder brings fiery reward, as interaction transforms a simple propane burst into a pillar of gyrating fire.

Participants can shape the vortex, altering its rotation, width, height and intensity, by varying the pedaling speed and pressing the “booster” button.

RotoFuego will also serve as a gathering spot on cold playa nights — a place for comfort and conversation and the opportunity to rest, warm up, and make new friends. The fire will be surrounded by benches where playnauts may sit and connect as they watch the show.

The RotoFuego crew is hard at work building the sculpture but we still need some help to cover the costs of materials, propane and transportion.

If you can donate some money to our campaign, I will be forever grateful.

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