Treasure Island Erupts in Flame, Music, Light

Thousands came together on Friday night "Opulent Massive" a fund raiser for Opulent Temple, a Burning Man sound theme camp.

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Fire dancers outside at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Party goers walk under the 20' tall body of the Flaming Lotus Girls' Serpent Mother, a 168' metal snake with hydraulic head, coiled around an egg (cracked open in green on the left).
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After midnight, things really got going, with Raven here in the pink hair making her way through the crowd at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Syd Gris, event organizer, said the local art and music community really came together to make this party happen.
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An art car, spitting fire well into the morning, sat just outside the building at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Peter Hudson's Homorouboros, a life-size stroboscopic zoetrope often referred to as "The Monkeys," was set up in the room you entered into at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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The head of the Serpent Mother can move around with hydraulics while opening and closing its mouth. All 168' of the Serpent Mother also shoot flames, but couldn't indoors at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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A crowd lines up before doors open on Friday, March 6, 2009 at these two hangers on Treasure Island. This venue was debuted to the public for Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" as the newest party spot in the Bay Area for Burning Man fundraisers. Hopefully there will be many more to come...
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Alicia Aleko checks out a bunch of scrap metal turned into a really cool kinetic vulcher with flapping wings next to the Steampunk Treehouse at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Fire Dancers spin fire in an outdoor area overlooking the Bay Bridge at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Fire dancers at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Danielle Flores turns her back to the Serpent Mother to show off her assets at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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The connecting tunnel (fallopian tube, as some were calling it) between the two big rooms would often get overloaded with party-goers, creating an intimate few moments with passing strangers at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Daniel Dan sits atop a parked limo covered in square mirrors (like a mobile disco ball) at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Momo Chang (woman in black) asks Brian Pfeiffer (on right) to take a picture of her and Lenny Baer (with mask on).
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Vendors were also on hand at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009, including Naomi Bell of Tea Time Inc. who was selling these fur covered goggles.
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There were a ton of DJs at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009, the only two I photographed were Joejoe Martin on left and Alex Mace on the right, both of whom also helped build Homouroboros, or "The Monkeys."
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Homouroboros, or "Spinning Monkeys" as some call it, is a stoboscopic zoetrope that spins around with timed strobe lights going off giving the illusion of a monkey swinging from tree limb to tree limb while a snake carrying an apple slithers down the tree limb to the monkey's arm and then into its mouth.
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Participants get Homouroboros started by drumming on the electronic drum pads at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Homouroboros builder and conceptual artist Peter Hudson stuffs his donation box at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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The big room was complete with lights, a laser show, and video screens on the sides of the DJ booth at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Debi Tonge poses in front of her black light paintings in the black light room at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Erol Efendioglu spings glowing lights in the black light room at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Debi Tonge stands in front of her newest painting, on the right at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Artist Kemic One does a live airbrush painting at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Tigger takes a free bag of popcorn to enjoy outside at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Bill Mastrude fills up a bag of popcorn as one of his cohorts says, "We are the popcorn guys... too stupid to know better."
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The popcorn guys also have a remote controlled hot tub that spins around in circles.
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A giants covered wagon filled with people sat at the side of the stage at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Lenny Baer looks at the different photos and article clippings on the wall in the Deep End room at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Daniel Dan takes a photo of some friends on top of the disco limo at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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A fire dancer elevates out side at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Peter Hudson, creator of Homouroboros, gets in the zone while beating on one of the monkey drums at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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The disco ball limo sits alone early in the night with no one sitting in the chairs on the roof at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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The Serpent Mother raises its head with fangs drawn and mouth open as the shadow of a trapeze artist sits just under its chin at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Close up of trapeze artist hanging above audience at Opulent Temple's fundraiser "Opulent Massive" on Treasure Island on Friday, March 6, 2009.
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Artist Jeff Schomberg (Celtic Forrest) said, "Did you see they have ATM's here! I've never been to a party like this where there are ATM's..."
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