Hello Nexus family
This year’s camp seems surreal! You all know about the ridiculous project the Nexus pyro team is undergoing but you may not know the project the Tesla Coil crew is putting together, so let me explain…
Nexus has long been an epicenter for art, creativity, mind expansion, friendship, and a place where ideas seem to take on a life of their own.
I think of Nexus as a collective of energy that transcends dimensional barriers that reach the very soul of all those who enter. It is not only a place of epic visual, auditory and performance art, but a place that creates an awakening deep inside that cannot be explained in words. This is why we have gone towards a project that focuses on a representation of the energy created during our transformation from the everyday illusion we live to the all things possible Playa; called The Galaxatron.
The Galaxatron is the power plant of Nexus. It is a 30 foot glowing dome that draws its energy from the Playa through large pyramid conduits that surround the dome (top secret alien technology) that focus this energy into mega conductors that each plug into the dome. These mega conductors are each programmed to show energy flow through thousands of programmed LED’s; and in the heart of this alien machine lays the Tesla Coil.
Many of you may have seen the coil at Burning Man in ’05, Decompression, or hopefully somewhere else when it worked without a hitch. It has been brought to the Playa in the recent years but has had many technical difficulties associated with grounding issues and magnetic shifts that made it extremely temperamental in the harsh desert environment. After much research, expert consultation as well as trial and error we have ironed out how to achieve ignition in an environment that eats electronics for breakfast (thanks again to the steering committee for putting together an awesome galactic tech support line).
We are building an art piece to be at the corner spot at Burning Man 2010. The project is called “The Galaxatron”. It is a 30ft geodesic dome that we are having powder coated to reflect high power led lighting.
We will have five 12 ft pipes running to pyramids that stand 8ft tall and are each encoded with a different element (Earth, Wind, Fire, Water, Air and Spirit) with both old school druid symbols along with Mandarin Chinese symbols. Each 4 inch pipe will contain pre-programed led lighting to emulate energy being transferred to the dome through these pyramid energy sources.
There will be a letter on the top of each pyramid all five spelling N-E-X-U-S. Each of these pyramids will be painted and textured to simulate pyramid sandstone to mach the Playa and will be lit with high power led wash panels. Finally we will have the giant Tesla Coil in the middle that will arc and hit the dome and Koleman juggling fire battling 1,500,000 volts!
We have also have acquired 2 full color lasers that will blast the camp with a shower of light. These things are very cool.
Color Laser 1
Color Laser 2