the giant weta at the generator build space in Reno Nevada, August 2016

The Giant Weta goes to Burning Man

After a few weeks at sea, the Weta arrived on American soil and has been at the Generator Art and Build space in Reno, Nevada to start the final phase of the build part of the project before heading to Black Rock City. It’s not long until 40+ New Zealanders gather together on the playa of Burning Man, showcasing their art installation to the world in all its flame-shooting glory! …

Crowdfunding Campaign Countdown!

We only have a few days left on our crowdfunding campaign and less than three weeks until we ship! Weta HQ in Auckland has been a hive of activity with the crew valiantly navigating the logistics of making art in New Zealand to ship 6,500 miles across the Pacific to Black Rock City! Have a look at our team in action: Alongside the welders and the grinders are the humming …

Weta World News: 9 May 2016

Fossil records from the Triassic period taken in Queensland, Australia show that weta have changed little in 190 million years; and weta of the Deinacrida genus, which The Giant Weta is based on, are some of the world’s most ancient species still living today. We’re doing some pretty interesting things with this prehistoric insect! The Giant Weta Project leader, Hippathy, and Art lead, Andrew, went to The Auckland Zoo to learn more about …

The Giant Weta Crowdfunding campaign

The project is all go, or should we say, Indiegogo! Help The Giant Weta get to Burning Man and Kiwiburn through our Crowdfunding page, now live! Please donate as much or as little as you can, and please share the page with your friends. By supporting this project you are supporting an ever evolving ecosystem of artists in Auckland. We hope that this project shows people what is possible, providing …

Auckland Decompression

This is also going to be the first fundrasing event for Auckland Burners project at Burning Man 2106: The Giant Weta. You’re not going to want to miss this! The 2016 Auckland Burners Decompression theme is Y.M.C.A. (Yesterday’s Muck Cooked Again) – what costume ideas does this inspire? It’s all food for thought! Sports meets food meets the Village People in this round of our pot luck. From egg and …