Great Train Wreck Art Installation

$4,000 goal

Campaign created 4 months ago
Created August 3, 2018
We are the Collaborative Artisans Reno Sacramento (C.A.R.S.) who have worked diligently since late last year to design and create the Great Train Wreck art installation for Burning Man 2018.  This project is in its final stages and needs the additional funding to cover costs of flatbed transportation to Burning Man from Sacramento and Reno and for the trains' sound and visual effects during the event week.  

Our project was awarded a Burning Man art honorarium, which funds a small portion of the overall project costs.  And although we have been fundraising, we do not have sufficient funds to cover these final costs.  Without transportation funding we are at risk of not delivering to the Burning Man site by the deadline.   Sound and visual effects are needed for participant safety and night as well as enhancing the art experience. 

The Great Train Wreck art installation consists of two 40 ft full size steam engines with tender cars, made out of wood, and positioned on 200 ft of wooden railroad track.  The Reno group is in the deco stage of their train at The Generator in Sparks, NV. while the Sacramento group is doing the same at their build site on a local volunteer's property.

The Great Train Wreck is an artistic interpretation of railroad history when surplus locomotives were ceremoniously destroyed in head-on crashes for public entertainment, often drawing crowds of 40,000 plus. The California State Fair staged such wrecks from 1913 to 1917. 

This project means a lot to the dedicated volunteer teams in both cities working collaboratively for the first time and bringing our communities together for a common goal; create awesome art for the citizens of Black Rock City to enjoy.  Then in a final show and with great fanfare (and a great deal of pyrotechnics) the locomotives will be thrust together, using human power with ropes and pulleys, to create a collision with explosion, and then burn to the ground. 

We need your help to make this happen and our teams will be so grateful.  Thank you.

 Visit our Website at greattrainwreck.com
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$4,000 goal

Campaign created 4 months ago
Created August 3, 2018
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