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The Giant Weta

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  • $1,500.00 donated
  • 22 generous donors
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The Giant Weta is a 2016 Black Rock City Honoraria project from New Zealand to bring a large steel weta to Burning Man, Kiwiburn and beyond.

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Older than some dinosaurs, the endangered Giant Weta needs your help! Not known for it’s beauty, the world’s heaviest insect is heading to the Playa this year as an art project led by Auckland Burners.

To craft it out of metal, create flame effects shooting from its antennae and transport it there, then back for Kiwiburn, they need your support! Get involved!


The money raised in this crowdfunding campaign will be used for:

• Steel for constructing the weta

• Shipping costs to the USA

• Rental costs for our build space

• Consumables for the build e.g. welding wire, grinding disks and bandsaw blades


A group of Kiwiburners from New Zealand’s largest city. As a collective, they have collaborated to select, design and build an interactive art piece to take to Burning Man, Nevada, in 2016. The group were keen to build a uniquely New Zealand structure to take to Burning Man. The Giant Weta is native to NZ (their genus name, Deinacrida, is Greek for “fierce grasshopper”). Also endangered, they are examples of island gigantism. The uniqueness of the insect along with the interactivity incorporated into the Artwork will enable participants to connect with a part of New Zealand whilst on the Burning Man playa.


Once a year, tens of thousands of people gather in Nevada, USA’s Black Rock Desert (also known as “the playa”) to create Black Rock City, a temporary metropolis dedicated to community, art, self-expression, and self-reliance. They depart one week later, having left no trace whatsoever.


Kiwiburn is New Zealand’s annual regional Burning Man event. It is the longest running international regional burn and saw 1,600 participants in 2016. The theme for the 2017 event is “The Robots are Coming!” and is set to be another amazing event.

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Auckland Burners


The Giant Weta is a project of Auckland Burners.

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Auckland Burners.
“Hi guys! Wish I could have been a bigger help in getting it out there...but it looks like you did a fine job without me! If you ever need a structural engi-nerd in the future, call on your friend Zerbs!”
“Great work team, love it. :-)”
“Have fun!”
“Awesome project, have fun team”
“Looks amazing guys!”
“Looking awesome!”
“Awesome project, can't wait to see this on the playa!”
“Awesome project!”
  • $1,500.00 donated
  • 22 generous donors

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