Well, my dream of having a cat butthole focused installation is coming true!
Trust was awarded a Black Rock City Honoraria Grant!!
Keep checking in all the usual places (FB, IG, etc.) and I'll post build updates in the Quest (blog) section.
In the summer of 2022, the Purr Pods were offered a one-year spot in the Hesperian Triangle in San Leandro. Local Artists Berkeley made it happen and the cats look so cool perched in the bustling intersection. They'll return to Point San Pablo Harbor the summer of 2023.
2020 - 2021
Did not get a Black Rock City Honoraria Grant - that's OK!
Pandemic - that's not OK!
No Burning Man for 2020 or 2021. Dang.
I did continue to make Purr Pods (both Purrsonal and International!) and branched out to Peek-a-Boo Purr Pods and Demure Le Purr cat sculptures, one of which was sold at auction at Sotheby's for Burning Man in September 2021. I went live from Point San Pablo Harbor for the Autumn Lights Festival in 2020, sent the Purr Pods to Salt Lake City for 6 months and relocated them (with new platforms) back at PSPH. I feel that 2021 could bring a big shift.
Purr Pods in 2020
I submitted my Letter of Intent for the 2020 Black Rock City Honoraria Grant.
It felt weird NOT to submit something this year, so I did!
It's a Purrsonal Purr Pod you can crawl into to chill with disco ball portals into the Multiverse! >^..^<
On December 17, 2019, I got the thumbs up to submit a proposal and did so on January 14, 2020!
I should know more late February/early March. Stay tuned!
Mean while, two of the Burning Man Purr Pods (Vega & Luna) are curled up and ready for petting at Point San Pablo Harbor.
We Are From Dust is supporting interactive art and the artists who create it. I'm so excited to share them!
And this spring 2020, the third Purr Pod (Scooby Doo) is heading to The American Museum of the House Cat in North Carolina!
Below is the chronological order of events leading up to building the Purr Pods...
What a magnificent journey!! Thank you, Burning Man!
My 2019 Black Rock City Honoraria Grant cycle Letter of Intent for the Purr Pods was accepted on December 14, 2018 and I was invited to submit a full proposal.
I submitted it on January 12, 2019 before the January 15th deadline. Grantees were notified by February 21, 2019.
The Purr Pods received the grant!!!!!!
Here is the public announcement:
Introducing the 2019 Black Rock City Honoraria
In the mean time, I'm exploring additional funding options because you always forget something - fundraising (we had a very successful Hatchfund (powered by FundRazr campaign - 94% of our goal!), possibly hosting fun events, selling body parts, etc. I've found affordable workspace (where I can weld!) and an interesting storage solution. I'm talking to other welders, sculptures, artists, and technical folks about their experience, seeking their advice on equipment, processes, procedures, etc. And I've been doing extensive research on the materials and methods on how the heck I'm going to do this!
Black Rock City Honoraria Grant Notification - No Pressure!