THE MIND'S EYE
The Mind’s Eye is a 22+ foot tall surrealist sculpture made of painted, hand formed steel. The artwork represents the human ability to tap into unknown worlds and hidden potential within themselves during times of struggle. The Mind's Eye aims to spark wonder and joy in the eye of its beholder, and is a monument to overcoming adversity with imagination, humor, and persistence.
Awarded an Honoraria grant from Burning Man in 2020/2021 and 2022, The Mind's Eye is currently being built by the artist, and will be showing at Burning Man 2022. Potential venues for placement after Burning Man 2022 are currently being explored in California, Portland and New York City.
Launa and her crew are using hand forming techniques to create a smooth, curved steel aesthetic. This meticulous process is currently about half way done, and has taken 5 months to create so far. The base of the sculpture is built with structural steel, while the outside is skinned with formed steel panels – hammered in hand made wooden molds carved by Launa, and smoothed out with traditional automotive techniques. The finish of the sculpture will be a smooth, bright and colorful palette. Inspiration for the finished look includes large scale art by: Jeff Koons, Salvador Dali, Kaws, and Niki De Saint Phalle.
Launa lives in Chinatown in New York City, but relocated temporarily to Tonasket Washington to build alongside Honoraria artist Quill Hyde in the summer of 2021. Starting April 2022, Launa will begin the second half of the build in Boise Idaho, with The Xanadu Collective and The Boise Burner Alliance. Collaboration between New York, Washington and Idaho burner communities are helping to bring this anticipated sculpture to life making this a unique project involving people from diverse communities across the country.
The Mind’s Eye was awarded $24K in Honoraria Grants from The Burning Man Project in 2020/2022. BuildCrew is fundraising $35k to allow this project to realize – this will help pay for the second phase of shop rental, engineering needs, transportation, finishing and storage. By the time this project will be finished, Launa will have spent 8 months building The Mind's Eye between 2021-2022.
Investors at all levels are appreciated and will receive thank you gifts with The Mind’s Eye memorabilia, and Major investors at the $5,000 will receive a limited edition Mind's Eye enamel pendant cast in 18k gold, with a bedazzled eye made of rubies and sapphires. These pendants are currently in production, and are handcrafted by Karigars (Artisans) with the help of friends of The Mind's Eye in Mumbai India. Investors at the $1000 level and above will receive a silver version of this pendant.
Investors through Build Crew who attend Burning Man this year will also be invited to a sunset sail with special performances on Wednesday August 31st for a VIP tour of The Mind's Eye with the artist, on the one and only Acavallo Carousel Ship, created by artist and engineer Quill Hyde.
100% of donations will be given to the artist. Build Crew retains no fees for operating costs.