El Pulpo Mecanico, the Firebreathing Octopus

Meet "El Pulpo Mecanico" — a steampunk octopus that breathes fire out of its tentacles. It's also a creation built for Burning Man 2011 — a smorgasbord festival "pop-up city" in Nevada's Black Rock Desert that attracts tens of thousands of gatherers to create a community for one week.

According to the official website, for one week, Black Rock Desert is transformed into "Black Rock City" and during that time, everybody builds and creates their own gadgets and gizmos, for the sake of "art, self-expression and self-reliance."

The eeriest part is that just as fast as its participants set up camp, one week later, they all disappear, leaving "no trace whatsoever." Um, sure. Fire spitting steampunk octopus below!


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