Kickstarter project nearly there: Cosmic Carousel

Created by artist Michael Walsh; The Cosmic Carousel is an interactive aluminum sculpture 23 feet long, 18 feet wide and 17 feet tall with the ability to spin from kinetic energy applied by willing participants. It is mostly self-funded by the artist, but needs money to get to the Playa and back. They have raised more than 70%, the Kickstarter finishes in a couple of days. Please give generously, this looks like a sweet project.

Let us entertain you with our following story as we attempt to lure you into backing our project with some much needed funding. If you would like to follow our progress of fabrication, please become our Flight Commander, David Prism‘s, friend on Facebook, view our photo blog at  or check back at our kickstarter page for updates. Thank-you for your time and consideration. We are very grateful for all the help we receive while bringing this project to life, to live.   

Message from

Commander Prism of the Psychedelic Funk Groove Armada

The Cosmic Carousel

I am excited to be landing on your funky blue planet in the month August of your year, 2012. Our journey as The Cosmic Carousel Crew will begin at an inspiring gathering of your kind called, ‘Burning Man’, a festival aimed to cultivate and imitate an open society maintaing liberty for all within a structure supported by conscious exchanges from individuals to individuals. As the flight commander of The Cosmic Carousel, I feel Burning Man will offer us a warm welcome full of honest projections and expectations of human existence. After we have accustomed ourselves to your atmosphere and traditions within this ‘love bubble’ we will venture onward to explore more of your North American continent.

I have made many successful journeys through space and time and have visited many life forms, however, in order to pass through your galaxy and reach your planet I need to make modifications to my craft and replace certain materials in order to be compatible within your elements. My crew and I have already begun to make some of these changes as we are dedicated to completing this mission.

My crew is a resilient core of experienced individuals covering a wide range of talents:

Michael Walsh  – Lead Artist and Creative Director 

Elliot Shields  – Technical Development 

Jeremy Groznik  – Lead Fabricator

Kevin Carter  – Design Development Lead and Project Lighting

Big Jim  – Project Consultant

John Masters  – Metal Fabrication

Julia Drazic  – Upholstery Design, Fabrication and Apparel

In order to compete socially within your current psychological homeostasis, I have started a Facebook page as my ‘real name’ ‘David Prism‘. It would be pleasant to me if you were to request my image and distant communicable responses as a ‘friend’, I would be so honored. I will be updating my Facebook page with information about our progress and hope to continue to add to its volume in the future with pictures of our shared escapades with human kind throughout our travels.

I speak for myself and crew as I say: we look forward to making contact.

Stay true in order to remain cool,

Commander Prism

of the Psychedelic Funk Groove Armada

The Cosmic Carousel

The Cosmic Carousel 2012: Budget Summary

Bearings                                          $500.00     purchased

Upholstery and foam                         $500.00     purchased

Metal forming work                         $1,100.00     purchased

Steel                                             $2,080.00     purchased

Aluminum                                      $4,960.00     purchased

Lighting and controllers                   $3,000.00

Acrylic Sheeting                                $600.00

Lumber                                             $740.00

Abrasives                                          $400.00

Welding Gas                                      $250.00    purchased

Welding wire                                       $200.00    purchased

Adhesives                                          $670.00

Fuel for transportation                          $550.00

Tolls for transportation                           $40.00

Generator Rental                                  $500.00

Trailer Rental                                     $1,000.00

Studio Rental, American Steel             $2,000.00    purchased

PURCHASED MATERIAL            =    $11,590.00

KICKSTARTER FUNDS               =     $7,500.00

TOTAL PROJECT EXPENSES    =    $19,090.00

This journey is partially self-funded. It will take the combined monetary efforts of others to make this magical craft spin. We want to make beautiful interactive pieces of art that have the ability to take the observer and/or participant to a different world. Any contribution you can offer will be greatly appreciated and utilized toward this goal. Sending love from within the universe to the universe, we thank-you and hope to make contact with you at some point in time; past, present and/or future.

Galaxy Magazine, July 2012                                                                             

The Cosmic Carousel: a human-made object for an alien world”

Direct from the Outa Funkassphere, deep inside the 27th dimension of the Prizmatic Galaxy, comes the Cosmic Carousel. This is its maiden voyage to Earth caring with it specific mission parameters: infect Earthlings with visual euphoria, laugher, smiles and child-like bliss. Flight commander, Prism from the Psychedelic Funk Groove Armada, has selected Burning Man 2012 for the Cosmic Carousel’s initial landing site testing human kind to see if they are ready for the power and message this craft has to share.

This magical spacey craft defies concepts of gravitational flow know of this third rock as it will balance upon a single thread. These inexplicable abilities are powered by secret silly sauce flavor flow energy particles, triggered by undulating gyroscopic movements from symbiotic intimacy with Humanoids. Those with an intrepid evolutionary spirit will be invited to climb aboard the Cosmic Caresoul, leaving behind any extra nasty unnecessary weight and lighten up! Their very own Earth-galactic funky people power propels the movements of this craft encouraging all to hang on, hang out and most importantly, have at it.

The Cosmic Carousel is the concept of MIchael Walsh, supported by the brilliant staff of: Elliot Shields, Jeremy Groznik, Kevin Carter, Big Jim, John Masters and Julia Drazic. Without their individual talents and funky ways spaced travel of this kind would be improbable. The Cosmic Carousel is one of many intergalactic constructions Mr. Walsh summons from the 32nd planet of the Prizmatic Galaxy, some 713 light years ….a hop…skip…and jump away.

The Cosmic Caresoul is a brushed aluminum sculptural form levitating just above the surface of its location. Form has nothing to do with function and everything to do with funkin. During the day it rests under the sun, serving as an inspiringly cosmic piece of sculpture, a visual gift of form and balance. During the night it comes alive as a kinetic interactive play thing for those whom wish to climb aboard and propel the 360 degree rotation by pulling on the centrally located wheel. The harder these Cosmonauts pull, the faster the Cosmic Caresoul will spin, sending all aboard on a voyage through the creative dimensions of the mind and faculty of the combined human spirit, for when upon the Cosmic Caresoul you are neither here nor there, you are simply are.

Reported by: Flexi Glass

$1,000 reward original sculpture by Michael Walsh. Dimensions: (2012)  (7.25 X 4.8” X5.9”) Dyed Nylon
$1,000 reward original sculpture by Michael Walsh. Dimensions: (2012) (7.25 X 4.8” X5.9”) Dyed Nylon

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