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Holy Pulse Portal, BURNT MAN!!

Calling all adventurers and curious people!! We just recently have come in contact with an amazing art piece that needs to be seen. Check this out!!! This is something we just couldn’t pass up. The Pulse Portal:
–(July 3, 2016)
Deep in the Nevada Black Rock Desert, Burning Man’s yearly gathering showcases the most brilliant and brightest and artistic minds from around the world. end of every summer 70,000 participants gather in extreme conditions to build a city, celebrate art, renew their spirits and re-imagine their world.1634e8ea315a6ae8f4600734846cb2b1

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Pulse Portal

Each year a select few are awarded BM’s highly venerable Honorarium Grant, which is specifically designated to help create and transport these massive sculptures to the Black Rock Desert. Recently Chicago’s own, Davis McCarty, was awarded this grant for using a newly engineered material to make an archway that responds to whomever is viewing it. Pulse Portal by Davis McCarty 2
Pulse Portal by Davis McCarty 0 (2)The mere act of walking through it will change its appearance and generate an experience unique to the person creating it.
“I think the experience of looking into the portal will be like gazing into an infinity but instead of seeing the end, infinity is staring back at you.”  said McCarty.
Jutting 16’ skyward and 24′ long, this arch is made from futuristic dichroic acrylic which, like a dragonfly’s wings, simultaneously transmits multiple colors.
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pulse portal at night

“It’s like seeing tessellated pyramids emerging from the ground -as if you were inside a crystal geode.”
In the sunlight it glitters like a gem casting beautiful dichromatic colors on the sand. At night, with a custom interactive light show, it is programmed to respond with participants as they walk through. The reflective quality of the material plays on the postmodern idea that each viewer brings something unique to the piece.  In this case the movement of the viewer literally changes the color and reflection of the sculpture. For the more curious adventurer the finished sculpture will have some hidden inscriptions to find.
View of Black Rock City from Space

“It’s playing on the idea of radical immediacy where if you see something intriguing you dash over to explore whatever it is.”
–Lead Artist Davis McCarty.
Designed by Davis McCarty, and fabricated with the help of a team of Chicago based artists.  It is partially funded in part by the Burning Man’s Honorarium Grant, but are also holding an online funded effort at  to  finish the sculpture.

Stay tuned as in August there will be a preview event held in Chicago where the Pulse Portal will be on display and featuring a surprise DJ. Music, libation, art and artist all to add the experience. Donations to put the finishing touches on the project in time will be accepted through the kick starter link below where you can donate and get your ticket. The Best way to make it in to this sick party and help a good cause is to click on the Support link just below.
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Contact:  Davis McCarty
Cell (815) 274-9638