Lituanica birds

The Lituanica birds’ (Lituanicos paukš?iai) effigy is a wooden sculpture representing a flock of birds in flight, illuminated by an orange light.
Me6wyfy2baz6ag1wjcef
Lithuania burners
Art
Vilnius
Lithuania
8 Team Members

The Lituanica birds’ effigy is a wooden sculpture representing a flock of birds in flight, illuminated by an orange light. 

Lituanica birds effigy during the dusk

 Lituanica is the name of a famed airplane that was piloted by two Lithuanian-American pilots Steponas Darius and Stasys Girėnas in 1933. The Lituanica birds’ installation pays tribute to these heroic pilots and their historic journey across the Atlantic.

80 years ago, Darius and Girėnas departed from Floyd Bennett Field airport (New York) with the intention of conducting a non-stop flight to Kaunas, Lithuania. Their aircraft was an orange Bellanca CH-300 Pacemaker called - Lituanica (meaning Lithuania in Latin).

The two pilots set out July 15, 1933 on their journey across the Atlantic Ocean, covering a distance of 3,984 miles (6,411 kilometers) without landing, in 37 hours and 11 minutes (107.1 mph). Despite having successfully crossed the Atlantic, the Lituanica crashed due to undetermined circumstances on July 17th, killing both pilots. In terms of comparison, as far as the distance of non-stop flights was concerned, their result ranked second only to that of Russell Boardman and John Polando, and ranked fourth in terms of flight duration at the time (source: Wikipedia). Despite the fact that Darius and Girėnas did not have navigational equipment and flew under unfavorable weather conditions, their flight was one of the most precise in aviation history. It equaled, and in some aspects surpassed, Charles Lindbergh's classic flight of 1927. Oddly enough, Lituanica is also noted for having carried the first transatlantic air mail consignment in history.

Today, Lituanica symbolizes deep cultural ties and a fond connection between the US and Lithuania. This orange colored airplane is a well-known icon and historic symbol of the two pilots’ heroic, but tragic flight.

We believe that these symbolic Lituanica birds will unite all flocks of burners making their way to the desert each year from their nests scattered in different parts of the world, joining these burner-birds empowered by a sense of community and the desire to fly freely.

Lituanica birds dusk

As a CORE project, we expect this merge of a well-known historical and cultural symbol to bring a deeper significance to our region. The symbolic gesture of honor via performance will be captured when setting the Lituanica birds ablaze. This unique and expressive symbol will inspire all burners flocking to the playa this year. 

The dimensions of the sculpture are: 20 feet high (6 meters) and 20 feet wide.

 

Lb CORE patchAviators hat with two patches and print on itauthentic military gas mask bag with decoupage and patch/logo on itgas mask bag

 

Lituanica birds stickersAviators hat

 

Lituanica birds kite

Lituanica birds kite

 

postcardmagnet

Find This Campaign On
$1,821USD
raised by 56 people in 1 month
33% funded
0 time left
$5,500 USD goal
Flexible Funding This campaign has ended and will receive all funds raised.
Campaign Closed
This campaign ended on July 25, 2013
Select a Perk
  • $2USD
    contribute!

    In appreciation for contributing and spreading the info about our project we will thank you in public on the Lituanica birds CORE Facebook page and/or add your name to the official Project contributors’ list

    10 out of 100 claimed
  • $10USD
    postcard

    In appreciation for your contribution, we will gift you a handmade Lituanica birds postcard

    6 out of 95 claimed
  • $12USD
    magnet and sticker

    In appreciation for your contribution, we will gift you a white 4 cm wide LB magnet and a sticker

    3 claimed
  • $25USD
    patch and stickers

    In appreciation for your contribution, we will gift you Lituanica birds’ patch and two Lituanica birds’ stickers

    4 claimed
  • $40USD
    gas mask bag

    In appreciation for your contribution, we will gift you a authentic military handbag with decoupage and LB logo on it

    1 out of 20 claimed
  • $50USD
    Lituanica T-shirt&stickers

    In appreciation for your contribution, we will gift you two Lituanica birds’ CORE project stickers and a T-shirt

    7 claimed
  • $75USD
    small Lituanica

    In appreciation for your contribution, we will gift you a small Lituanica birds’ kite, stickers and a patch

    2 claimed
  • $120USD
    Aviators hat and stickers

    In appreciation for your contribution, we will gift you Lituanica birds’ aviators hat with sewed patches, logo and two stickers

    1 claimed
  • $200USD
    Lituanica

    In appreciation for your contribution, we will gift you a large Lituanica birds’ kite (160x90cm), T-shirt, stickers, magnet and a patch

    1 claimed
Do you think this campaign contains prohibited content? Let us know.