Cosmic Praise on the Airwaves and a Burning Man Reception

Tonight Cosmic Praise will be live on air with Radio Ninja on WMBR interviewing the mad scientist himself: Doug Ruuska!

Tune in to 88.1fm at 10pm EST to learn more from the Artist in Chief about this crazy tower we are building… stick around for the sick beats of Radio Ninja! Available in the greater Boston area at 88.1fm or streaming online at anywhere the internet can be found.

First wave of Cosmic Praise pins have arrived!

First wave of Cosmic Praise pins have arrived!

In more  news, we are thrilled to be able to offer a truly eye-opening very limited Kickstarter Reward!

If you have Early Arrival on Playa for this 2014 year, you are eligible to reach out and snag one of the 6 spots available to partake in a Gates Opening Cheese & Grown-Up-Grape-Juice Reception. Our only on-Playa reward, for just a few Early Arrival citizens of Black Rock City BEFORE the gates open.

  •  Join the artists atop the tower for an intimate 2-hour cheese and grown-up-grape-juice reception, which finally culminates in watching from above, as BRC gates open and the very first waves of arrivals enter the City. Recovering physicist Doug Ruuska will share his favorite fine cheeses; along with cheesy explanations of physics, or life in the Antarctic, or really any topic. Watch the City be populated from a 6 o’clock bird’s eye view, and also receive the sticker, pin and (p)leather fob! NOTE: Participants are responsible for ensuring your own Early Arrival status so that you may join us.

The sights and sounds of the floodgates opening up to the citizens of Black Rock will truly not be an experience to miss out on… Grab your spot under the cupula before it is too late!

Most excitingly of all is the Campaign Goal within sight (!!!) with 87% funding achieved and barely over $1,000 left to reach our first campaign goal! With the campaign fully funded we will have garned the bare means necessary to accomplish the great task ahead… thankfully for us the campaign is no where near concluded, and so with one great step closer to the Playa running up to meet us, we look on to our vitally important super saavy Stretch Goals. Outside the campaign trail, it can be difficult to understand simply how important the stretch goals are, enabling the project to grow, breathe and expand out to its full potential. More details very soon to be forthcoming, including more playa wear, and the announcement of a truly shocking hair raising Kickstarter Reward!


The fundraising campaign ends in 16 days

The Man burns in 64 days 21 hours 


“The Cosmos is all that is or was or ever will be. Our feeblest contemplations of the Cosmos stir us — there is a tingling in the spine, a catch in the voice, a faint sensation, as if a distant memory, of falling from a height. We know we are approaching the greatest of mysteries.”
― Carl Sagan

Progress Update: June 19th

OK folks, here is an update for all of you who have been inquiring as to the status of the Cosmic Praise project. First off, thanks for you interest and patience, having the project located in the 6-o’clock keyhole has presented some challenges that have needed to be addressed and this has taken some time.

Our contract with Burning Man has been signed, sealed and delivered so we are even more officially ON than before. We, and all of the other Honorarium projects, and there are a bunch of amazing things there, are ll up on the BMan website :

 Our early crew, all 18 of them, has been approved and we have an excellent team in place.

The tower was completely re-designed in SolidWorks by Nick L, whose CAD-Fu is significantly more advanced an sophisticated than mine. Jigs have been designed and made for cutting the angles in the tower support struts and cutting has been successful on samples. Requests for quote for the bulk of the steel went out today.. The metal shop that was going to roll the angle for us into hoops cannot do it, so we have the steel and have started cutting it so that we can weld them into 12-sided polygons instead. . Tom W. of Limerick Machine in Maine has generously offered to make a bunch of the flat plate tower components and we have sent them drawings and they are being made as you read this. All 280 or so parts will be delivered early next week and we shall begin the marathon welding sessions. Blake Hooch C. has redone the structural analysis to reflect the wider tower and we are still I good shape to elevate 10 or so hippies safely up into the sky.

High-Voltage electronics are pretty much finished, both the tube-based circuits and the solid-state analog backups. Prototype boards have been spun and tested and we are onto production versions. Most components have been sourced/purchased and a space has been cleared for to begin wiring up and testing at Artisan’s Asylum. The scintillator type and photomultipliers (PMTs) with matching photo-cathode spectral response have been selected and ordered. The PMTs have been tested and now that we have characterizes their output, we know how to tweak the pre-amplifier. We are gearing up to test the spark chamber as a simple 2-3 plate affair in a small bell jar in an Argon atmosphere. This has been mostly accomplished by Dan S, Bob R, Drew V, Olin S & Carl G.

Lower tower wrap/Deco. We have tested samples of fabric for wrapping the lower half of the tower and the materials chosen will work for us. Our source for the cloth did not materialize, no pun intended, so we will be picking up the cloth from a new source next week. Liz M has designed the patterns. The new tower dimensions have been nailed down, so the pattern for cutting, sewing and painting has been developed. As soon as we have the cloth we will begin sewing.

The first, few formal all-hands lighting team meetings have happened. There has been a lot of behind the scenes work and a lot of the components/strategy has been nailed down. Basic lighting components, scheme and procedures are in place and are being developed on a test bed. Thanks Dewb, Carl, Ben, Jacob, Adam, etc. The order for the mass quantity of lights, connectors, cables and power supplies goes out this week. We finalized the design for the clips to attach the LED strips to the steel structure of the tower.

The website is now on-line. Check it out at Add some testimonials, or let us know what you would like to see.

Threadable has proven useful as a way to keep the volunteer crew informed about what is goingon and the teams in communication with each other. We have 10 different groups at the moment and more will come on line as the project progresses.

Our fundraising efforts are centered on a Kickstarter campaign spearheaded by Madelaine R. with support from Riv, Sharon K, Melinda G, Emile D, Jessica S, et al. with video by Ronny P. The launch has so far been successful and we are 62% of the way to our funding goal.. Our crack graphics team has been busy coming up with interesting and beautiful designs that we intend to use for ‘branding’ or making the project recognizable. We are putting the finishing touches on some pretty cool rewards for folks who contribute to the project. We will have the usual, stickers, pint glasses, t-shirts, and some cool medallions and some larger things such as a table that is a version of the tower base and some lighting based on parts of the wooden tower top, and some surprises.

The wooden tower top/viewing platform has been expanded a bit in size to make it easier to climb up into and move around on. The attachment method to the tower has been finalized. A cut list and material order will be finalized over this coming weekend. The design for the ladder to climb up into the top platform is also nearing completion. All of the components that will be cut out on the CNC router have had their designs finalized and they have been toolpathed and are ready to cut.

After talks with Burning Man’s Art Support Services and other projects such as Bryan Tedrick’s Minaret, we are currently reviewing our base and method of attachment to the Playa and expect to have that design finished by July 1.

Support the Cosmic Praise Kickstarter!

Start your social media engines to post to facebook, email it to your mother, tweet until your twitterpated, break out the cymbals and shout it from the rooftops, because the Cosmic Praise Kickstarter is LIVE!

Crowd funding relies on people (like you!) to help get the word out about this 50′ minaret of ours, while also enabling us to properly thank you for making big ART like this possible.  There truly is no limit to what we can accomplish with your help! Don’t forget to keep checking back on the Kickstarter page as well as here as we add updates, photos and videos of the project in progress and new backer rewards…

Fundraising ends in 30 days.

The Man burns in 79 days.

“It is not in the stars to hold our destiny but in ourselves.” -W.Shakespeare