The Temple has a cash shortfall of about $40,000 as of this post. Many people don't know that the Temple is funded primarily by us - the Burner community. The BMORG contributed about 25% this year of the roughly $280k budget, and we're grateful for it, but the rest comes from us - Burners. We've raised about $240k of that so far (including about $95k from previous crowdfunding campaigns), and we're in a time crunch to raise the rest. (That figure does not include the copper on the Temple, which is optional.)
We're looking for:
If you can gift at least $500 as an individual or camp, email me:
Other ways to help:
It's our Temple, and it's up to us to make it happen.
Curious why the Temple costs so much? Here's a rough breakdown of costs:
Wood & other materials ($140,000): The beautiful untreated poplar we are using was selected for its aesthetic, quality and economy, and this Temple uses a lot of it. 32 Temple arches of increasing size are connected by over 2.5 miles of ‘ribs’.
Transportation ($27,000): It will take 6 flatbed trucks to take the Temple – plus all of the tools and equipment we need – the 323 miles from Alameda, CA to Black Rock City, NV.
Insurance ($5,000): Gotta have it!
Build spaces ($16,000): The rent we pay for our Alameda space and our American Steel space in Oakland.
Burn supplies ($6,000): For burn related needs; includes additional firewood, burlap, fuel, and paraffin wax.
Leave No Trace tools ($11,000): Decomposed granite and LNT tools; required to protect the playa from the burn and to ensure we leave no trace afterward.
The Trees ($45,000): The cost to fabricate the three metal Trees that will be in the courtyard of the Temple of Promise.
On-playa power and lighting ($17,000): For build-related power and lights; use of power tools, lighting, etc. during the two weeks of building on the playa as well as a generator and fuel for our underground power grid to keep the Temple lit throughout the event.
Build camp ($13,000): Our 130 volunteer builders will be arriving to construct the Temple on playa two weeks before the gates of Burning Man officially open. For them, building the Temple is a labor of love, but they cannot do it without your support. Power, lights, fuel, food, water, shelter, safety equipment, insurance, shade, and more. They will be giving their all, we need to make sure they can do so safely.
Stretch Goal: Copper ($30,000): The shimmering copper cowl featured on the immense skyward-reaching spire of the Temple will inspire awe in all those who will enter.
I'm Dr. Yes, a 10 year burner. I run this site, was on the '15 Temple team, lead a theme camp called Friendgasm, and make Burning Man videos. Just say yes, folks, and help keep Burning Man weird!