Burning Man 2011 in Pictures and Words

Views from the "Rites of Passage" 2011 Burning Man Festival.

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A skeleton from Peter Hudson’s stroboscopic zoetrope Charon with the Temple of Transition in the background at sunset.
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Entry sign artist Mad Dog has again outdone himself with this stunning welcoming at the road turn off about 10 miles outside of Gerlach, NV, the closest town to the week-long art, music and community festival.
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There were a few fan favorite art pieces this year, and one was definitely El Pulpo Mecanico, a kinetic sculpture on top of an old truck with moving eyes, mouths, arms and at night, “revolving fire bursts like a machine gun” shooting from the tentacle tips and head, described artist Duane Flatmo from Humboldt County.
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“Creating this model made building this so much easier,” said artist Duane Flatmo, from Eureka, CA. Both El Pulpo Mecanicos were built, with the help of Steve Gellman and Jerry Kunkel, out of found and recycled material. The group plans to work on the art car for the next year to make it even better for 2012.
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Philanthropists and supporters of the arts Christopher Bently and Amber Marie Bently pose in front of their newly commissioned Nautilus submarine art car, one of the most expertly designed and executed art cars ever to hit the dry lake bed of the Black Rock Desert.
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Nautilus artists Sean Orlando (right) and David Shulman, part of the Five Ton Crane crew, pause for a photo during the Temple burn Sunday night. The lighting on the Nautilus is all hidden, and as a result it looks great in the sunlight, or by the glow of the fire.
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Instead of the more common fire cannon, The Nautilus art car has a water canon on the back of it, perfect for fending off the masses, or cooling down the overheated. (Bonus points for creating a gun you can actually shoot *at* people.)
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Nautilus Captain Christopher Bently watches the Trojan Horse burn on Friday night from his perch, with the Death Star just off the bow.
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Sometime mid-week, The Nautilus was attacked by a giant squid that refused to let go for the rest of the event.
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For many citizens of Black Rock City, the DJs and electronic music of Burning Man is a big draw each year. In the city of 50,000+ (this year’s population was reported to be over 53,700), there are some theme camps that specialize in day parties, like Distrikt, and other camps that go all night.
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“Things are a lot safer and organized than they were in the old days… and a lot bigger,” said Special Agent Pirtle who took in the sights at Distrikt Saturday afternoon. Pirtle has patrolled Burning Man for 16 years and was in charge of the Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement at Black Rock City in 2011, his last year before retiring.
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This year, dance clubs and bigger theme camps with bars were much more strict about carding people before serving them free drinks. Lindsay Wells (left) from San Diego and Sarah Chavez from Las Vegas got ID stamps on their butts before getting their bottles filled.
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“Last year undercover [officers] were ruthless, so this year everyone is checking IDs,” said Jessica Laughlin from San Francisco working the Distrikt ID check booth. Laughlin said there was a $5000 fine for serving underage drinkers.
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Ding Dong loves getting his ID checked.
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For many years Distrikt used to be called The Deep End, and one year members of the Space Cowboys showed up wearing diapers with custom made "Deepends" stickers on them. This year, pranksters from the Space Cowboys changed the Distrikt sign to “District” for Saturday afternoon, before a fork lift drove up lowering a cage of beautiful women over the dance floor. Just another day in paradise.
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Rebecca Fiduccia from Philadelphia, PA hangs with Gonzo, her fox. Dogs are not allowed at the event, and participants are encouraged to leave all other animals at home, but Fiduccia said she skated through the week without any grief for her cute little cherub.
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Aurora, built by Charlie Gadeken and his crew at the Box Shop in San Francisco, has 44,444 copper leaves and 39,330 individual LED lights that slowly and beautifully changed colors throughout the night.
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Cheers erupt from the Aurora crew, as lead artist Charlie Gadeken (center in red t-shirt) celebrated his 48th birthday on Sunday night at Sunset, pre-event. 2011 was Gadeken’s 19th year at Burning Man, and his project was a beautiful tree with 44,444 copper leaves amid 39,330 individual LED lights.
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Detail of a few of the 44,444 copper leaves on Aurora.
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Peter Hudson’s Charon seemed to be a favorite this year. The piece is a stroboscopic zoetrope that spins by human power with the ends of six ropes coming down on each side for people to pull back and forth.
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At night, when the piece is up to speed, strobe lights flash on the skeletons giving the illusion of fluid motion of a skeleton rowing.
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Stroboscopic zoetrope artist Peter Hudson, from San Francisco, explains his piece Charon to an art car (bus) of journalists and photographers. Hudson started the talk by profusely thanking his support staff of volunteers who've racked up more than 5000 man hours of work getting Charon to the playa since starting the piece in the Spring of 2011.
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On Monday night, the Space Cowboys brought a party to Charon which attracted many people, and other art cars, like El Pulpo Mecanicos glowing in the distance.
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Hudson’s zoetropes are usually further out in deep playa, but this year, there was a “Main Street” of sorts filled with art very close to the Temple of Transition. Some say this new cluster of pieces was a result of Hudson’s 2008 piece Tantalus being too far out for people to see, and by keeping it closer more people would get to experience it. (It should be noted that 2008 was the year the city was expanded and the playa was not conducive for bike riding, a double whammy.)
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Jonalyn Greene from Vancouver, B.C. gets a few feet closer to the 120-foot peak of the Temple of Transition.
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"Good bowl! Good bowl!" The grounds in front of the Temple of Transition made for a perfect spot for a game of cricket.
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Inside the Temple, musical instruments were mounted on the walls and were continually playing a beautifully engaging soundtrack. "The Gamelatron is the fruit of a collaboration between composer and multi-media artist Zemi17 (Aaron “Taylor” Kuffner) with The League of Electronic Musical Urban Robots (LEMUR)," according to temple2011.org. This was the first time the Temple has had a soundtrack, and it wasn’t just on the inside.
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William Close and the Earth Harp Crew built the largest string instrument in the world, attaching giant strings that stretched hundreds of feet creating a chamber of sound that people could stand in while Close played above them.
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People taking in the sights, sounds and interpersonal reflections at the center of the Temple of Transition.
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Temple of Transition artists Ian "Beave" Beaverstock (left) and Diarmaid "Irish" Horkan talked about their Temple, and crew of over 160 people, half of whom were International. Crew members hit the playa on August 9th to start construction on what was called the largest temporary wooden structure in the world, with the center tower at 120-feet.
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Every year, a meeting takes place at the Temple on Wednesday afternoon where the artists, Emergency Services, Department of Public Works, Fire Art Safety, and other bigwigs gather to talk about the Sunday night Temple burn. Temple Fire Leads Alex (right) and Utility (raised hand) explain their plan and answer probing questions.
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After the Man burn on Saturday night, friends of Lloyd Taylor carried a custom made casket containing some of his ashes up to the Temple platform. Taylor worked both on Celtic Forrest and Bliss Dance, and came up with the idea for this coffin in his final days combining the structural elements from both.
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A view of the Temple of Transition from above on Sunday night, shortly before it was burned.
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The Temple burn, on Sunday night, is a stark contrast to the Man burn, with a somber mood replacing the party atmosphere of the night before.
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$teven Ra$pa spotted on Saturday night pre-event as the Trojan Horse crew was working late into the evening.
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“There’s this duality of fatigue and excitement,” said Trojan Horse artist Douglas Bevans as crew members finished up work on the 50-foot-tall, 28-ton wood sculpture, later to be pulled across the playa by hundreds of costumed “slave” volunteers on Friday evening before a midnight burning.
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“This piece is called, ‘We Are Not The Horse,’” Jango (right) and Mateo said about their tall bar out of Auburn, CA.
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At night, the Trojan Horse was lit up with red angular light, a perfect landmark for those living near 8:15.
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As the sun came up Friday morning, the Trojan Horse looked like it was wearing a bow in its hair, perhaps readying for the night’s festivities.
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At sunset Friday evening, hundreds of “slave” volunteers, many wearing togas (some not), grabbed ropes and pulled the Trojan Horse a few hundred feet across the playa into position for the midnight burning.
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“Pyro Jack” Schroll and Black Rock FX put on a great show.
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Even while the horse was ablaze, flares and fireworks were still shooting and dropping out of the 50-foot-tall structure.
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After the Trojan Horse burn, Cassandra Hampl of Sebastopol baked some chocolate chip cookies in the kitchen of the Front Porch to the delight of the lucky recipients.
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Front Porch mastermind Zac Carroll lowered a speaker from the attic in preparation for a burlesque show on the Front Porch.
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The Flaming Lotus Girls, of the Bay Area, built Tympani Lambada, a “sculptural embodiment of the structures by which we hear and balance. The bone and membrane of the inner ear’s vestibular system is translated on a grand scale with steel and fire, flame effects, LEDs and sound, creating an experience rich with visceral sensuality,” reads their Kickstarter page.
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I heard the Flaming Lotus Girls put on a big show one night, but I unfortunately heard about it after it had happened. This year there seemed to less fire art than in years past, so it was great to see pieces like this that were out there.
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Perhaps one of only two world famous DJs at Burning Man 2011 (with the other being partner Mysterious D) who specialize in music with words (gasp!), San Francisco’s Adrian Roberts (left) of Piss Clear and now BRC Weekly fame, stands with Malderor, aka Steve Courtney, a 20-year Burning Man veteran who runs the city’s best dive bar, Fandango.
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People cast lines off the end of Matthew Schultz’s Pier.
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Melissa Barron’s Otic Oasis was built out in the baron, desolate, open Walk-In Camping area, as a place to retreat to, away from the loud sounds of Black Rock City.
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The construction of The Otic Oasis was incredible. A 35-foot-tall structure of interlocking wood pieces without the use of screws, nails or glue. It was built in an area away from camps, cars and speakers.
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Julie, aka. Ninja M-F’er from Sonoma County, sports a fun bikini top. “My Mom originally made it in the 1960s, and I wore it last year and we revamped it for this year,” Julie said about this mother-daughter DIY project.
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Sharky’s Conning Tower rolls down Graduation Street as part of the Black Rock Navy. There were at least three conning towers cruising through the streets of Black Rock City, with each one a bit bigger than the next.
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I'm told this is Keiselhorst's Submarine from Arcata, CA.
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Christina, the giant yacht on wheels, was again sailing the seas of Black Rock this year. I was happy to see that in 2011, the deck was almost always filled with people partying away.
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Aerospace engineer Kirk Jellum built The Scorpion (left) and The Mantis, who appear here to be at a stand-off. These art cars are unbelievable works of art and engineering, and both shoot fire.
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This was the only mobile telephone with a rotary dial I saw all week. One of the only phones I saw period, actually.
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A cute little .357 Magnum saddles up next to a sawed off shotgun out in the deep playa near the trash fence.
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A favorite in 2010, the deep playa movie theater Black Rock Bijou, by Sam Gipson, had three showings a night, sometimes accompanied by classic concessions like Junior Mints, Red Vines and other goodies.
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The Samurai Sunrise Camp Bojon by Thomas Haan was a bar set up out in the middle of nowhere that could be taken over by anyone, anytime. Just bring booze, or food, or whatever, and watch what happens.
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Jeff White, of Fresno, enjoyed bringing his Tiki Trike out to the Samurai Sunrise to set up shop, this time serving lovingly made to order Bloody Mary’s.
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Rites of Passage was a fitting theme for 2011, with “The Burning Man Project” non-profit recently being created “to facilitate and extend the culture that has issued from the Burning Man event into a larger world” (according to the media guide). As such, for the first time “The Man” was not standing still, but was instead seen on a precipice moving from one place to another.
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In 2011, the CORE Project (Circle of Regional Effigies) surrounded the Man with twenty-two, twenty-foot-tall effigies created by Burning Man Regional groups from around the world. On Thursday night, what was being called the largest organized burn in history; these pieces were all set ablaze. This piece is ThunderBridge by Frank Broyles and Portland, OR.
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On Thursday afternoon, crew members from Vancouver B.C. readied the Playa Time piece (formerly Steamclock), by Robert Spannbauer, for burning. Promptly at 9 p.m. (while many of us were still trying to get it together to leave camp), the 22 CORE Project pieces went up in smoke and fire.
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Mama Nola by Andy Baker and the NOLA CORE crew came to Burning Man from New Orleans, with what appears to be a giant voodoo doll.
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Dobharchu Doiteaine came to us all the way from Ireland thanks to Vinnie Rafter and crew.
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Jackie Latendresse erected Burning Sheaf with the Saskatchewan CORE crew.
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The Man, The Myth, The Legend… The Icon, The Trademark, The Copyright… The Deity, The Prophet, The Provider… Stepping over the precipice on his Rites of Passage, leaving the past behind while bravely moving forward into the unknown.
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There was a giant zip line out in deep playa in 2011, a buzzed about piece early in the week, but apparently due to some shipping and construction problems, it never opened to the public, which was a bummer. Here some people rehearsed for a Sunday night performance after the Temple burn.
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Kiki Stockhammer, of Sacramento, uses her favorite “playa gift” of 2011 to take an illuminated look while seated on one of the platforms of the zip line. The connecting platform can be seen behind her off in the distance.
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Clothing designer Gita Salem poses next to the Nautilus.
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Costumes are a big part of Burning Man for a lot of people. Many citizens of Black Rock City take advantage of the freeing atmosphere to get their sexy on, others, not so much.
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Scribe, aka Steven T. Jones, spent much of the week promoting his new book about Burning Man called The Tribes of Burning Man, a book about “How an Experimental City in the Desert is Shaping the New American Counterculture.”
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(From Left) Chrissy Lim of Las Vegas, Christian Black of Denver, CO and Pauline Labadie of Paris, France take to the night.
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Lucent Dossier, a group of performing artists from Los Angeles, brought a production to Black Rock City that performed a few times over the week, with a live band, singers, aerialists, dancers, acrobats and grabby dudes in white with green headlamps.
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At 5:08 a.m. on Friday morning, a forklift holding a beautiful, scantily clad blond sitting on a spinning piece of flaming metal bobs up and down while other members of Lucent Dossier spin fire, sing, dance and scale stage truss for the admiring fans who’ve gathered at this one spot in the five-square-mile city at this moment.
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Mr. Scott Cocking, aka Scotty C, smiles after spotting the Bezerker, a kinetic sculpture he built a few years ago before trading it away. There are a growing number of custom-made kinetic sculptures peddling around Black Rock City, and I think this guy is the one to be credited with starting it all.
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Cocking brought ten custom-made, hand built bikes and trikes to the playa this year for his friends to ride. Here a group from his camp sets out for a night on the town.
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When the time is right on Saturday night, the Man’s arms are raised signaling that his burning is about to commence. After about an hour (I guess), a firework show starts, and continues for some time. This year’s show was great, as are most.
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My favorite part of the 2011 Man Burn was when the Man was on fire, but the neon tubes defining his figure had not yet been compromised.
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As is now par for the course, giant explosions of billowing fire errupted a few times during the fireworks show, to the delight of the gathered masses.
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The Man burned for a while, and then fell, base and all, in one fell swoop.
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The Flintstones Car (assumed name) basking in the glow of the fire.
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Fire Safety Team member Jeff Schomberg watches over a burn that was set a few hours after the Man burn on Saturday night.
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The Shame Project, by Alissa Mortenson, burn was one of the stranger ones I’ve seen, with people taking turns on a microphone telling stories of their shame while the structure burned. A bit of a downer (which seemed to be the point).
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Ah, heaven! It is very, very rare to be in a place by yourself in Black Rock City, aside from the porta potties, which you usually want to vacate ASAP. I found Pandora’s shipping container to be blissfully empty early on Sunday morning.
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This Woolly Mammoth had lights that slowly changed colors, and surprisingly was a human powered kinetic sculpture.
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Paul Walker first came to Burning man in 2007 from England, and has since moved to the Bay Area where he fills up much of his time helping on projects like 2010’s Temple of Flux, or 2011’s darling Charon.
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Three beautiful people responsible for bringing music with human voices to the citizens of Black Rock City! Marisa Lenhardt (center) is a classically trained opera singer who also helps manage the Thunderdome, where she starts each night of fighting by singing an Aria to the people who’ve gathered for the carnage. A (left) Plus D (right) travel the world over bringing Mashups to the masses. Bootie, the biggest mashup party in the world, happens at the DNA Lounge in SF each Saturday night.
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Cooper Hazen takes a break from Haiku and music producing and recording to check out some cool bikes.
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Marco Cochrane, who’s sculpture Bliss Dance was a clear Burning Man favorite in 2010, brought out Truth is Beauty in a partially completed state, which allowed viewers to see the inside of the sculpture, before the mesh gets put on.
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Truth is Beauty’s endoskeleton provided perfect foot and hand holds for climbing, as Daniel Strickland of San Francisco demonstrated early in the week.
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Laura Kimpton and her Celtic Forest Crew brought a third installment to their recent art pieces with “LOVE” joining “MOM” and “OINK” from previous years. Kimpton’s husband, metal artist Jeff Schomberg, was often out at the piece giving away metal bird cutouts from the letters. He said he personally gave away hundreds.
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Andy Tibbetts (right) and Sparks from Portland, OR stand on the deck of Tibbetts’ Clock Ship Tere, a beautiful machine made completely from scratch with over 100 volunteers.
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Suzy Stowell walks through Orion Fredericks’ Exsuscitare Traiectus.
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There were 259 registered art pieces in the 2011 “Art of Burning Man” guide, and some, like this one I couldn’t find on the map for proper crediting. Sorry.
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Maria Del Camino by Bruce Tomb was a sight to behold, either driving down the road at an elevated stature, or backing into the Pier at the 5-foot-high mark, just because she could.
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Charlie Smith and Friends brought out Fire Birds of the Fifth Direction, five similar fire pits that would circle the Man at night before the CORE burns (you can see the Man on the left, and a few of the CORE projects circling around him).
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“Space Ade for the Space Age! If you are gonna fly, fly Lux,” was the call Candice Matthews (left) and Mahela Shaw, both from San Francisco, would make to lure in lucky passengers who were then greeted by these two beauties, and a shot of tasty libations.
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On the small numbered side of the world, people had fun changing the street signs, transforming 2:00 and Coming Out to this.
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Almost as soon as the week on the playa has begun, big plans are dreamt up for next year’s adventures. Amy Berger (my wife) put this plan together for her 2012 Theme Camp application.
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To our surprise, a few days later on the outer reaches of the 2:00 side, we stumbled upon this project, the Misting Vagina, which almost perfectly executed the idea, before it had been hatched. Back at camp, I learned that actress Rosario Dawson had talked about this being her Burning Man project.
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Earlier in the year, Dawson was on the Chelsea Lately show where she announced her plans for 2011 Burning Man, her 5th on the playa. On the TV show, she made it sound like this “Penis Slide” was a recent thought, and what a great addition it made.
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After sliding down the shaft, participants landed in a pool of Nerf type balls resembling sperm and eggs. Each one had “BM2011” on them. I wish I’d taken one home with me.
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After the slide, participants passed through a plastic divider cut into a slit that then revealed the Misting Vagina, a wonderful space with rose water misting down, cooling all who entered.
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This was my favorite “discovery” of 2011, not only because it was an idea that seemed to materialize right before our eyes (saving us the work next year), but because it had such a playful, humorous vibe to it, while being expertly executed. I also liked that it was way out where almost no one was camped, with no sign or welcoming invitation.
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Department of Public Works members Weldboy (right) and Sgt. Slaughter take a break in the action. Weldboy is a trencher at the event, who each year chooses one look, and goes with it. Speaking of this year’s look, Weldboy said, “This year, I am doing this to experience what women go through.”
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The Rockstar Librarian, from Portland, OR, holds up her Music Guide that shows the DJ schedule for the week-long festival. “It started as a two-page spreadsheet [7 years ago]. Music has just blown up out here.” This year, she has 1700 DJ time-slots listed in her guide.
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Sherlock, aka Jeff Steinmetz, is a contractor with Burning Man working on New Ventures like 2011’s Personal Container project, where containers were sold to people who can then leave their dusty, bulky Burning Man stuff in them all year. The containers get dropped off at your camp, and taken away when you are done. Theme Camps bought 47 of the 50 containers at an initial cost of about $3600, and $800 each year after.
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Cornfed, an Ice Opp from MN, said about 50 semi-trucks filled with ice would be delivered and distributed during the week-long event. Three Camp Artica locations cover the city where 140 volunteers a day sold bags of crushed and block ice for $3/each or $15 for a six-pack.
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Also sporting cool, dangerous looking shoulder pads was Robert Johnson (right) with Layla Martin from Austin, TX, who were spotted walking down the Esplanade with Johnson’s Balsac costume inspired by the band Gwar.
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Waitresses from the Dust City Diner served patrons grilled cheese sandwiches, coffee and other typical fare on a rolling diner that could pop up at anytime, anywhere.
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Lamp Lighters get ready to hang lanterns on lamp posts on the major streets of Black Rock City.
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Burners from France class it up for the night.
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Fire Safety Manager Dave X heads out for the night.
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This Smoke Ring Shooter fires giants balls of burning napalm creating huge swirling black smoke rings that sunset skydivers often try to slip through as they are nearing earth on their descent.
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Naked Jeff, from Mountain View, plays an Abby Road medley at Dennis Lambe’s Rock Inferno, where each correctly played note is rewarded with a poof of fire.
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“Infinite eye candy,” Innski, from San Francisco, said about her first year, as she circled the rink at the Black Rock Roller Disco.
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Godfather, aka David Miles from the Bay Area, proudly holds up an award his camp won in 2011 for, “being one of the camps that most follows the principles of Burning Man and interactivity.” The rain of 2010 ruined the Roller Disco rink, so this 13th year of the desert roller rink saw an increase in size from 80-feet to 120-feet, by 60-feet, with thicker plywood as well used in the rebuild.
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“I was riding by and I saw it and said, ‘I should do that!’’ said Tegan Dixon from Santa Cruz. “Considering I haven’t skated since I was little, I think I’m doing pretty good.”
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Each year, the Black Rock Roller Disco hosts a roller derby bout where skaters from around the country pick two teams and have a fun, silly, playful bout on Thursday at sunset.
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Anna Scott, from San Francisco, takes a bite from the belly of the watermelon shark Max (left) offered up to those on the street passing by. “I saw a picture on the internet before I came here,” Max, from Paris, France, said when asked where he got the idea for the watermelon shark.
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Skye Osten, from Los Angeles, shades herself from the sun.
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The gorgeous Crew of Abraxis.
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Julian Cash (right) and partner in life and art Jackie Supersnail were spotted in the SF Lowes a week before heading out to Black Rock City. The two have recently put together a wonderfully engaging book of photos called The People of Burning Man that shows off Cash’s exceptional photography of some of the most interesting people and playa outfits in the last ten years.
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Art cars line up at the Department of Mutant Vehicles offices just after sunset where DMV members gather to go over the process of checking the cars for proper lighting and safety.
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“I’m a Steampunk Robot, see my backpack?” said Evil Ted, from Los Angeles, seen here ordering an afternoon Bloody Mary from bartender Or Shuval from Berkeley.
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Beautiful art comes in different sizes in Black Rock City, with many camps and individuals making custom necklaces to hand out as “playa gifts.” Here Rockstar Librarian shows of a few from 2011.
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Virgin (first time) Burners (from left) Alex Inglett, Amanda Shannon, Cameron Shannon, Brandy Seige, Sergio Bunstock, and Nicole Jenne show off their custom moustache scarves. “We wanted moustaches and we realized this was perfect! [My friend who made them] also made two for my dogs,” said Seige.
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There were a lot of very cool art cars rolling around in 2011, like the Cinderella Carriage by Parable.
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A dome at Fractal Nation/Envisionary housed cool artwork, including the image used for the 2011 ticket by Android Jones, seen on the right as “Rites of Passage: Director’s Cut.”
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Cherish by Rob Buchholz seen at sunset.
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This elaborate costume can be seen from fairly far away, it isn’t until you get up close that you see even more.
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I couldn’t find the name of this beautiful ship, but my guess is that it must be one of the tallest art cars ever on the playa. It looked even more spectacular with the sails down, which I only saw pictures of once home.
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This year there seems to be more art pieces on the open playa closer together, making viewing much easier for those on foot instead of bikes or cars. (There were so many installations they were hard to find on the map to see the names of the pieces and artists).
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Anthony Peterson, from Auburn, CA, poses in front of his 15 Seconds of Fame art car. Peterson is part of the Burning Man Image Document Team, where photographers are selected by the organization and assigned a quadrant of the city to cover during the event.
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An unnamed man stops his missile for a photo behind the Temple of Transition.
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There are 259 registered art pieces in the 2011 “Art of Burning Man” guide, and some, like this one I couldn’t find on the map. Sorry.
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Zoetrope artist Peter Hudson holds up a skull from his incredibly amazing art piece Charon. Hudson has been building art pieces for Burning Man for over 10 years, and many (including Hudzo) are saying 2011 participants saw his best yet.
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Bart Dorsa brought back his Duck Flambe kinetic sculpture, made by Scott Cocking and Ken Biedleman, after spending the much of 2011 peddling it around Moscow, Russia. Here lays the head awaiting recapitation.
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Anderholm, aka Horse, commissioned this art car called Chester which was built in Oakland by members of the Department of Spontaneous Combustion like Don Cain, Rebecca Anders, Erin Dana and Aaron Scott. Anders, who built the 2010 Temple, made this incredible horse head out of tires that Jelena Malenica from Seattle, WA takes a closer look at.
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Off with her head! El Pulpo Mecanico gets decapitated for the ride home to Humboldt County on Sunday afternoon.
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Artists Steve Gellman (left) and Duane Flatmo lower a weathered El Pulpo head onto the trailer for safe passage. The pair, with Jerry Kunkel, plan to bring the art car back to Black Rock City in 2012 with more art, and hopefully a souped up vehicle.
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On Monday night, Illumination Village was a hotbed of light and flame with citizens wanting to use up all of their left over propane before heading home. “Hot” Mike Horton (right) shows a pretty young lady how to use one of the flame poofers.
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“Hot” Mike Horton of Socal, CA makes neon sculptures out of old signs. In 2011 he had a collage of different pieces, all available to hang in your house once the event was over.
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Celebrating their six-month anniversary, Pablo Daddio (right) and Emily Gorgen looked blissfully pleased as they were about to hit the road on the way home to Los Angeles. About 30 minutes after leaving, they would be back to what was left of their camp after finding out the exodus gates had essentially been closed on Sunday afternoon due to bad accidents, delaying thousands of people's trip home.
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I think most would agree that Burning Man 2011 was the easiest year ever, with no dust storms, little wind, mild weather, and no rain. Getting there and back, however, was a different story. Tales of a five-hour line to get in and a seven-to-ten-hour line to leave on Monday made the week of ease a little more difficult.
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By this point in the trip, the drive home, you just want to be there already with a hot shower, and maybe some food. But even though standstill traffic can be a major drag, at least there were pretty vistas to look at, like Pyramid Lake off in the distance. Looking forward to 2012!
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