Burning Man 2020?
Updated: Mar 8
Update: No third consecutive year for a Black Rock City Honoraria.
That's OK! I'm excited for the other applicants and can't wait to see what they create.
I haven't given up on the idea of bringing a Purr Pod sculpture to Burning Man yet!
I have a crazy idea - of course - and have talked to my favorite project manager at Hatchfund to see about doing a fundraiser to make it happen! Stay tuned!
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 received an email from the Burning Man Arts and the BRC Honoraria Committee inviting me to submit a full proposal! I wasn't really expecting that and had already let the idea go. Nothing like an incredible challenge to get the creative juices flowing again!
Once again, I called on my talented friend, Molly Gregory, to help me put the insane images in my head to paper.
This is what I hope to accomplish if chosen to receive an Honorarium...
A Volkswagen Beetle-sized steel cat stretches out fully on the dusty playa, seemingly ready to play or pounce, with its butt and tail high in the air. Little sparkly flashes of light emit from the feline as the desert sun reflects off the mirrored disco ball butthole and eyeballs.
The elongated pose of the sculpture invites visitors to cuddle up in the curves of the cat. Multiple petting pads generate deep, rumbling purrs with a simple touch.
Engraved messages of love and encouragement on colorful acrylic discs dot the sides of the cat.
Tucked underneath the tail and shiny butthole and through the haunches is the entrance to the belly of the beast, the purrfect place to hunker down. Surprises await inside.
At night, color-changing lights, glimmering eyes and disco booty attract ailurophiles like cats to laser pointers.
A nearby human-sized cat scratcher supports the solar panel and hides the battery while providing a place to sit and watch people play with the Purrsonal Purr Pod.
Participants are drawn to the easy-to-recognize shape of the giant kitty and immediately want to pet it, give it some serious playa love and climb on it.
The spinning, mesmerizing, mirrored disco balls in the eye and butthole locale draw denizens into the multiverse with glints of infinite possibilities.
While exploring the shape of the sculpture, playa citizens can crawl into and relax inside the belly of the Purrsonal Purr Pod, a cavern to shelter the weary from the heat of the day and the swirling, frenetic energy of the night.
Inside the blacklight-illuminated belly, visitors playfully bat at UV reactive bird, mouse and fish bone mobiles. As they lay down on a fluffy pile of hairball body pillows for a catnap, low frequency purring - proven to relax souls and lower blood pressure - happens on demand through touch capacitive petting pads. The sound reactive, light pulsing, radiating heart keeps rhythm with the purring.
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