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SUPPORT THE MEOWNGE & HELP SAVE AT-RISK CATS

Welcome to the Meownge! A place for playa cats to rest their paws, play with their curiosity, snuggle with other like-minded felines, and shake off those fleas of everyday life. Come take advantage of what the Meownge has to offer by acting on your most basic animalistic instincts.

As you approach the Meownge, prepare to be hypnotized by an interactive 14 foot tall cat head structure. Your curiosity will surely kick in and you won’t be able to help yourself. Crafted out of conduit and 4 way stretch lycra the Meownge will provide you and your feline friends with enough shade and space to nap the day away. With amplified purrs resonating from it's ears, you'll find yourself in a blissfull zone of total relaxation. Purrrrfect to help you prepare for the true party animal you are. Which of course, comes out at night. As the sun falls into the horizon and the stars begin to twinkle, the  Meownge transforms into an interactive light piece that invites you to play! It's spot light eyes will track and lure you in, challenging you to take control. Lined with over 600 feet of LEDs you will decide what happens next. Your movements will direct how each LED will react. Imagine, an orchestra of lights coming to life with your very own feline prowess! The best part? All cats are welcome! Come to the Meownge to groom your soul and explore the kitty you always knew you were.

 

Your generosity and involvement goes beyond bringing the Meownge to life. We're partnering with Cat Town  to support our at-risk felines friends. Cat Town has helped reduce the euthanasia rate for cats at the Oakland shelter from 42% in 2011 to 14% today. With your help we can lower that number even more!

Estimated total costs for the Meownge: $7,000 with a portion of our proceeds going to Cat Town.

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700 FEET OF CONDUIT


700 FEET OF CONDUIT


700 FEET OF METAL CONDUIT

Building the skeleton is the most involved and intensive process of this project. We estimate it will require over 300 hours of labor to be assembled. Here's why. Every piece of conduit needs to be measured, cut with a sawzal, pressed, drilled, pressed again and then bent to the correct angle. Now do that 145 times. All those 145 individual pieces will join together to form a 14 foot tall cat head. We've invested over $1500 of our own funds into this section. With that money we've bought 70, 10 foot conduit poles, a sawzal, a 6 ton press, a drill press, and all the little bolts, washers and screws to make this thing come to life! 

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10,972 LEDS


10,972 LEDS


10,000 LEDS TO CREATE A RESPONSIVE LIGHT SYSTEM

The LEDs offer the most interactive element of our giant cat head. They will line the entire skeleton and are programmed to react to participant's movement. From spot light eyes that track you, to LEDs that test your conductoral skills. This is certainly our most exciteable and expensive process. Our estimated cost for this interactive light system is $3700 (600 feet of LEDs, two spot lights, an Xbox connect, batteries, solar panels, and a soldering kit).

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45 YARDS OF LYCRA


45 YARDS OF LYCRA


COVERS, WOOD + ALL THAT OTHER STUFF...

Covered with 45 yards of 4 way stretch lycra the Meownge offers playa kitties an oasis of shade during those hot desert days. At night fall the cover will act as a screen, illuminated by thousands of programable LED's. We need your help raising funds for fabric, thread, grommets, bungees, rebar, pillows, hammocks, sewing machines, transportation, and wood for the construction of the platform and steps.

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BUILT BY A TEAM OF NINJAS


BUILT BY A TEAM OF NINJAS


BUILT BY A TEAM OF NINJAS

The Ninja camp has [unofficially] been a Burning Man camp for 6 years. This year we decided we really want to give back to our beloved community. This year our gift will be...The Meownge! After many moons of Ninja training our team has matured into a dynamic community of thinkers, shakers and makers. We play, we work, we sweat, we love, we make giant cat heads, but aside from all of that, we are family. From baby Ninjas to Ninjas that have roamed 6 decades on this fine Earth, we come from all walks of life. Farmers, engineers, artists, vagabonds, social workers, bankers, what does it matter? Our titles do not define us. It is our passion for pursuing a life of radical inclusion, which we learned on the playa, that brings us together. In our time we have learned compassion, compromise, dedication and always, always have one hell of a great time no matter how trying a project may be. We love our differences and embrace everyone's uniqueness, especially yours! Come find us this year on the playa and get to know us personally. We can't wait to meet you!