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Put Some Sparkle in Your Life

February 14, 2019


Do you want to put some extra special SPARKLE into your life? Or the life of someone you love?

While sparkling wine is mighty fine (like these four sparkling wines that won’t break the piggy bank: two from Italy’s Rotari and two from France’s LaVieille Ferme), consider making a contribution to Burning Man artist and pyropainter Deniz Nicole to bring her Karousal Kandeo and Kaleidoscope Kandeo art installations to the LA Bequinox Regional and to the Black Rock Desert for the 2019 Burning Man Festival — and get something sparkling sent to your home as a thank you!

Deniz’s sparkly Kaleidoscopes or charms would make a great SPARKLY present for your Valentine or Galentine — along with a bottle of sparkling wine of course! The small charms and  Kaleidoscopes are only $20 and the larger Kaleidoscope pictured above is only $50 right now.

These are beautiful, hand crafted and oh so sparkly! Plus the money really does go to a great cause: funding the creation, the execution, and the transport of a large scale Kaleidoscopes to Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the Burning Man Festival.

How large? Well, imagine being able to walk inside one, as conceived above.

On her website Deniz writes:

Kaleidoscope Kandeo….

is a 20 foot tall faceted teardrop-shaped tower made from bent steel tubing. Clad in iridescent laser-cut paneling, the installation will be a shimmering tear when illuminated at night. Gazing upwards within the hexagonal interior, participants observe a colorful glass gem suspended above a conical mirrored structure. Participants are invited to create a shared experience with each other by powering & observing the spinning gem box. Utilizing two different handles, participants will create & fluctuate the complex rotation & spin of the gem box. Without communal effort the kaleidoscope’s image will remain static. Reflections of the colors & complexity of motion will create a fantastic kinetic kaleidoscopic image.  At dusk, the laser cut paneling will reveal backlit patterns of light that make the kaleidoscope a waypoint in darkness. A frosted cap atop of the structure will create a glowing beacon that will be seen across the playa.

We strive to create a sense of childlike wonder that adults lack access to.  Utilizing spinning elements, sparkling lights, & places for hands to tinker we are creating art that gleefully yells: “come play!”  We desire to induce a somatic response by asking participants to witness the spectacle above & create the same awe and wonder a child feels when it looks into a kaleidoscope. Kaleidoscope Kandeo aims to recreate this environment primed for moments of connection & play – but on a much larger scale. We invite participants to investigate & interact with the mechanics of the installation, allowing them to create enchanting images to gaze upon. Like Burning Man, all experiences & images viewed within Kaleidoscope Kandeo will be different for each & every participant. We seek to remind others of the joy & creativity found in play, how the very act pulls us into the moment & calls us to experience.

Here are a few more details direct from Deniz’s recently successfully completed $3k Facebook fundraiser:

Our final piece on the playa will consist of a teardrop-shaped structure made with patterned plywood panels that are back lit to provide lighting at night. Walking into the center of the structure you will be able to look above into a mirror cone that will reflect all the beautiful patterns created by the gembox resting above.

Part of the funds received from this fundraiser will be purchasing Ring Lock Scaffolding… As shown in the first picture this was the product used to help assemble last year’s temple. Presently estimating about $ 2,500.00 to purchase the parts needed to build our inner structure!

This vinyl pictured above will also be used in this ambitious and exciting project.

Check out Deniz’s website to learn how you can support this project — and in the process be the proud owner of a charm or mini-scope!

Deniz began attending Burning Man in 2015, and she’s attended every year since.
“Everything I have learned in order to become the artist I am today is self taught,” says Deniz. “I invented the technique of pyropainting out of a love of knowledge for science and physics, and understand enough about engineering to make an engineer crazy, and have a desire to move people to play and experience joy which i think is based in my roots as a ballerina.”
“Burning Man is the only reason I make art,” continues Deniz. “The experience gave me the opportunity to see myself for who I really was and left me with a set of tools in order to come back to this world and begin to make those line parallel and eventually merge.”
For Deniz, the biggest influence that Burning Man has had on her life is The Ten Principles: “I truly believe Larry Harvey and his cohorts really looked at society and asked themselves how do we move forward. Instead of leaving it is just a philosophy they put into practice and now it is a living experiment on society 2.0. Those principles are what I foster and desire to bring back to the default world.”

And speaking of BURNING MAN — I’ll be writing soon about some BIG BURNING MAN CHANGES that I’m really excited about.

And if you enjoy Festivals, look forward to details about the Lucidity Festival in mid-April!  Check out this ticket offer TODAY — a discount if you buy two tickets– one for you and one for your Valentine, Galentine, or Palentine in their “LUCID LOVERS SALE” 💝  because experiences make great gifts! Buy two or more tickets to Lucidity Festival 2019 – Moon’s Eye View in the next 48 hours and you can save $22 on each!  🎟 Get Lover’s Tickets HERE >>

Unfortunately it looks like Deniz won’t bringing out the Karousel like she did last year. Sadly, folks at Lucidity were too rough with it and it got damaged … which is remarkable because it didn’t get damaged over a week at Burning Man… and which is unfortunate because I had arranged for Deniz to get paid to install and display it at Ventura College and we weren’t able to get it working… even though a Dean did an remarkable feat of getting it welded at VC the day of our Festival.

Happy Valentine’s Day! May it be sparkly! Cheers!


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