Support the exquisite Roshanai!

What a gift to come from such a talented and active community of industrial artists. Our own Charlie Gadeken is building the elegant temple Roshanai for Burning Man 2016.

Roshanai, Farsi for “illuminate,” is a gorgeous and highly detailed structure designed in the style of Islamic mathematical art. Charlie writes, “I hope to foster appreciation for the beauty of this ancient and diverse culture, and thereby do my small part to counter the racist propaganda.”

If this project is fully funded, it will be permanently installed in the Nevada desert, so that we can visit it all year long. Fitting, because the powerful message of unity over hatred is no match for the impermanence of temporary art.

Not only has Charlie been a Flaming Lotus Girl since Day One, he runs one of the last collaborative artist workshops in San Francisco – our wonderful home The Box Shop. Charlie’s been creating exquisite sculptures for over three decades, and a project like this in his hands will be absolutely stunning.

Support Roshanai here!

Pulse’s alveoli sneak peak!

Last night at the FLG meeting we worked on resin castings of the alveoli, and made a test rig for the Geeks to experiment with! Here’s a sneak peak. (video by Gabi)

Celestial Mechanica’s triumphant return

We know there are a ton of fundraisers happening right now, all competing for your attention and dollars, so that they can build the best, kinetic-est, fire-y-est Burning Man art for YOU to go play on…

Here’s one that the Flaming Lotus Girls are excited to support: Our own Jessika is heading up the triumphant return of Celestial Mechanica, which is seeking a modest $2,500 to achieve its full glory. Have a gander at this gorgeous thing, and toss a few bucks towards the cause here!

Taking down Soma

On Friday night, 100+ cyclists came and partied at our big gangly sculpture, and less than 24 hours later, Soma was GONE.

blubs wrapped, deck removal

Becca and Josh removing the deck, some of the blubs wrapped up…  photo by Denise

Beginning at 7am Saturday, we started pulling up the deck boards, removing, wrapping and labeling the delicate blubs, unbolting and removing the dendrites…


Dendrite and deck removal… photo by Sabs

Margaret removing a dendrite

Margaret removes a dendrite, Xa on the ground ready to receive it.  photo by Denise

detaching the axon

Detaching the axon. photo by Denise

bringing the axon down

Margaret lowers the axon while Laura watches approvingly. photo by Denise


… and piece by piece…

removing the upper deck

Amanda and Belen pulling off the deck boards. photo by Denise

omg these carriage bolts

The carriage bolts that held down these signs galled up and required several people to remove them. Josh is working the socket wrench from below while Becca pipe wrenches from the top. We were so happy to get those damn things off. photo by Denise

removing the upper dodeca

Removing the upper dodeca from its stand. photo by Denise

… the entire thing was taken apart!

lowering the upper dodeca

Lowering the upper dodeca to the ground for final dendrite removal. photo by Denise


Margaret VRing the dodeca onto the flatbed

Margaret bringing the dodeca over to the flatbed. Next step: restoring that pentagon-shaped mark on the concrete! photo by Denise

We loaded all its bits on a flatbed truck bound for Vallejo, where we’ll reinstall it in a few months for a whole new community to enjoy!

blub wrapping and labeling

Suzanne, Laura and J labeling and wrapping the blubs. photo by Denise

We’re back on Pier 14 today, filling in our concrete anchor holes and sweeping up. It’s pretty amazing to consider how much labor went into making this sculpture happen — everything from securing permits to building and testing the electronics to installing a deck and so much more — and in less than a day we pulled the entire thing down. Walk by it now and you’d never know there was a gigantic crazy interactive piece of art there, just a day ago.


By Sunday noon, the holes were all patched, and we were just sweeping up the final bits of detritus. Slinky guides the last section of dodeca support onto the flatbed for Mills to receive. photo by Lorah.

ENORMOUS THANKS to everyone who helped get this thing up AND down. We’re excited to reinstall it in Vallejo soon — more details on that when we have it nailed down.

This was an incredible success for the Flaming Lotus Girls on so many levels, and we are so proud of what we achieved with Soma on Pier 14!


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