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BURNING a 20' tall wooden PHOENIX to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of Quantrill's Raid on Lawrence, Kansas.
Rexy Bodean
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Lawrence, Kansas
United States
4 Team Members


    August 21st, 2013 marks the 150th anniversary of the destruction and subsequent rebirth of the city of LAWRENCE Kansas. That day William Quantrill and his pro-slavery raiders ravaged the community with carnage and arson. Nearly 200 men and boys were slaughtered, and according to one report “the dead lay all along the street”. All but two businesses were burned to the ground, countless homes were destroyed and the city was left in smoldering ruins.     

The spirit of our community was NOT extinguished that day; instead we arose –LIKE THE PHOENIX- out of the ashes.

     The Phoenix is a universally recognized symbol representing the cycle of life, death and rebirth. Lawrence adopted this icon after the raid, as featured on our city’s seal.

Lawrence Seal



     The Phoenix sculpture, measuring nearly 20 foot tall, with an equally impressive wingspan, will be constructed primarily out of western red cedar. Once erected the sculpture will weather on site, giving the community time to view the Phoenix and contemplate its pending destruction

     The destruction ceremony, planned for Labor Day Weekend, will include historical speakers, live music (organized by Tyler Gregory) and performances by Foxy by Proxy Revue. The bird will be set ablaze by members of the Lawrence community and/or campaign contributors.

Phoenixville, PA Phoenix

    I would like to thank the people of Phoenixville Pennsylvania's Firebird Festival for allowing me to capitalize on thier 2006 Phoenix design. The main armature (pictured) will remain almost identical. The re-design for the Lawrence Phoenix Festival is slightly more elongated at the wings and tail and will sit upon a four foot pedastal for added height. 


      Your donations will be used to purchase building materials needed to construct this immense work, and to offset the various fees/overhead costs of the festival itself. Any amount is appreciated. If you aren’t able to contribute PLEASE SHARE THIS with everyone you can!

By contributing to this campaign you will help bring to life a grassroots festival that truly represents the creative spirit, uniqueness and resilience of Lawrence Kansas and it's people.

-Rexy Bodean, Project Creator


Original Artwork by Julia Wagner


Original Artwork by Julia Wagner that will be featured on a decal, coffee mug and t-shirt. 



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  • $1USD
    Thank you!

    Any pledge towards this project will be appreciated and recognized with a public thank you and my eternal gratitude.

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  • $10USD
    Phoenix Decal

    You will receive a Phoenix Decal designed by local artist Julia Wagner in recognition of the 150th Anniversary of Quantrill's raid and the resilience of Lawrence, Kansas.

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  • $25USD
    Coffee Mug

    $10 Pledge Reward AND Coffee Mug commemorating this event w/ location, date and title of event. Design by Artist Julia Wagner

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  • $50USD

    $10 Pledge Reward AND T-Shirt designed and printed by Local Artist Julia Wagner commemorating the event.

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  • $75USD
    Sticker, Coffee Mug & T-Shirt

    $10, $25 and $50 Pledge Rewards

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  • $100USD
    The Special!

    $75 Pledge Reward AND Limited Edition Poster hand printed, signed and numbered by Local Designer, Leslie Kay.

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  • $500USD
    Light the Fire!

    $100 Pledge Rewards AND You will have the honor to be one of the 10 people to light the Phoenix on fire at the festival.

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  • $5,000USD
    Own the Model Phoenix

    $500 Pledge Reward AND you will become the proud owner of the 9ft tall model Phoenix. If you live out of town you will be responsible for transporting the sculpture.

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