AfrikaBurn Necklace Project
The AfrikaBurn 2020 Necklace
In the spirit of this year‘s theme - Afroboratory - we're trying something new in 2020.
Instead of an event wristband we want to gift all of you a necklace!
The necklace will be both your proof of Tankwa Town citizenship, and also a keepsake to remind you of a very special year of our event. It will be a celebration of the last AfrikaBurn event taking place at Stonehenge Private Reserve, the location that's been home to the AfrikaBurn event since 2007, before we move on to new horizons at Quaggafontein in 2021.
Each necklace you sponsor will feature your name on the back. The necklaces will be given out randomly so it will be a little surprise for the person who will get to wear your gift. But who knows – you might meet the person who wears your name by chance? Let’s make this a little game on the Binnekring :)
The necklace will be made from sustainable materials. It will be produced in South Africa through a collaboration between Maker Station, a maker space located in Woodstock, Cape Town that's run by burners and Streetwires, an artist collective also based in Woodstock that creates sustainable employment for previously disadvantaged folks.
Please help us make this happen by making a donation that suits your budget and supports our plan to provide necklaces to all 13,000 participants at AfrikaBurn 2020.
The Afroboratory necklace is a private art project of Severin Taranko, creator of the 2019 Ephemeropolis wristband. The art project is supported by AfrikaBurn and made possible with the help and support of CapeTown MakerStation.
Each necklace will feature a brass pendant that will be a celebration of the last AfrikaBurn event taking place at Stonehenge Private Reserve, the location that's been home to the AfrikaBurn event since 2007, before we move on to new horizons at Quaggafontein in 2021.
The front of the pedant will feature a motif celebrating to the Afroboratory theme. The back of the pendant will be laser engraved with unique 5-digit number and your name. Please make sure to type your name (10 characters max) in the comment box at the end of the ordering process.
This art project is devoted to minimize environmental impact as much as possible. Considering the global challenge of plastic polluting our environment, the decision has been taken to make sure all materials used in the production of the 13,000 necklaces are either recycable or re-newable - like waxed cord, wooden beads and brass.
The production of the necklace will create paying jobs in organisations that are in line with AfrikaBurn’s vibrant maker culture and cultural mission to empower and support disadvantaged people.
CAPE TOWN MAKER STATION, a DIY makerspace to share Learning, Expertise, Tools, and Space will be responsible for production, management and coordination efforts.
STREETWIRES, an artist collective on a mission to create sustainable employment for previously disadvantaged individuals, will string up the necklace.
You will get your necklace at the gate when you enter the AfrikaBurn event site.
2.) Will I get my personal necklace with my name on it?
We will make sure each of the necklaces you sponsor will feature your name - but we will distribute them randomly. Make it a game to find the person who wears your gift! Or find the person whose necklace you're wearing!
3.) Do I need to wear the necklace all the time?
You're encouraged to wear the necklace all the time in a visible location. This is advised because each necklace bears a unique number that's associated with your Burner Bio and personal details, which enable the AfrikaBurn event team to know who you are, and who your contacts are, in case of an emergency on site at the event.
4.) Do I need to wear it around my neck?
If you're not comfortable with wearing it around your neck, you can also wear it on your wrist or ankle.
5.) What is the size of the necklace and the pendant?
The pendant is about 35mm in diameter. The necklace is large enough to be slipped over your head at the gate and it will be tightened with a security crimp to prevent loss.
6.) What if the fundraising goal is not reached? Will I still get a necklace?
It’s all or nothing unfortunately. You can help us by making this happen by telling your friends and your camp about this art project. If we don’t reach our funding goal this project will provide a wristband for everybody instead like last year. Excess funds will be distributed to other art projects in need of funding in this case.