Mechateuthis to Burning Man 2015

$3,212 of $2,825 goal

Raised by 53 people in 49 months



I am Barry Crawford, artist, inventor, and a Burning Man participant. I fell in love with Burning Man when I first came in 2012, and have returned every year since. In 2013, I brought Helicopter Dragonfly On Mechanical Plant to the playa. For this year’s Burning Man, I am creating Mechateuthis.

Mechateuthis


Mechateuthis is a mechanical giant squid driven by 8 hand cranks to be turned by Burning Man participants. Each crank will drive different mechanical effects from arm and tentacle movement to beak snapping, pupil dialation, and more.

Mechateuthis will be about 7’ tall and spans an approximately 25’ circle. The construction is mainly steel, with some use of stainless steel.

Why I Need Your Help


While I was given a generous grant from Burning Man Arts that covered the majority of the materials, there are a number of items necessary for the project's success, and that impact functionality and the aesthetics of the sculpture, that still need to be funded. I also need an air suspension booster spring kit for my pickup for transportation of Mechateuthis to Burning Man.

Additionally, building Mechateuthis has been, and will continue to be until Burning Man, a full time job. I have been working on this project 10 to 12 hours a day, 6 days a week for the last three months, with another 2 months to go. Because of that, I have had little opportunity to produce work that I can sell immediately. Any assistance with keeping food in the fridge and the lights on while I finish this would be greatly appreciated.

Flex shaft cable martials: $150
Arm and tentacle segment bearings: $450
Waterproof LED strips: $175
Deep cycle battery (for LED strips): $100
Air suspension booster spring kit for transportation: $250
Living costs (because this has been a full time job for a few months now): $1700

 

Keep in touch and up to date with Mechateuthis at the fan page:  https://www.facebook.com/mechateuthis

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Wow! We met our goal already! Thank you all so much for contributing to this project! Your support means the world to me and my crew. I cannot wait to get this to the Playa for everyone to enjoy, and it is the assistance of everyone who donated, shared, or otherwise contributed that helped make it possible. Again, thank you all! Your support is amazing! See you in the dust!
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Wow! This is amazing! Thanks so much to everyone who has donated, shared, or otherwise contributed to making this campaign take off like it has! You guys are the best! I cannot thank you all enough for helping to make Mechateuthis a reality!
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Those of you who aren't in a good position to donate to this project but would still like to help can do so by sharing this page. Thanks a lot for your support!
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$3,212 of $2,825 goal

Raised by 53 people in 49 months
Created July 15, 2015
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$10
Tamas Kalman
49 months ago
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amazing project. =)

JG
$20
Jesse Gros
49 months ago
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Looks awesome - happy to support you in your creative project.. I imagine Mech and Pulpo will be friends.. Jesse

KY
$7
kris young
49 months ago
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Holy shit that's amazing!!!!!!!

KT
$25
Karen Tarapata
49 months ago
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Can't wait to see it!

MS
$50
Mark Sanchia
49 months ago
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Love from across the pond. Never stop making cool shit like this!

JB
$100
Jim Beitzel
49 months ago
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CG
$25
charlie gadeken
49 months ago
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DL
$50
Dustin Lofland
49 months ago
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Spectacular! Can't wait to see it dusty.

$22
Splinter Mathwood
49 months ago
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SB
$100
Steve Backstrom
49 months ago
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Great work!

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