Construction as Art

Cones marked places where posts would go into the ground
Cones marked places where posts would go into the ground

Coyote said the other day that Black Rock City is the biggest art project on the playa, and we totally agree.

Sometimes the things that are strewn around the playa in the course of building the city look like installations.

Here are a few sights from around the playa over the past several days:

The yard at the Heavy Equipment camp
The yard at the Heavy Equipment camp

The trash fence is sometimes reminiscent of something that Christo and Jeanne-Claude would do
The trash fence is sometimes reminiscent of something that Christo and Jeanne-Claude would do

 

Containers on the playa
Containers on the playa
Cones dividing the lines on Gate road
Cones dividing the lines on Gate road
Crews creating shade
Crews creating shade
A solitary container dropped on the playa
A solitary container dropped on the playa
Trailers waiting for placement in Black Rock City
Trailers waiting for placement in Black Rock City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About the author: John Curley

John Curley has been Burning since the relatively late date of 2004, and in 2008 he spent the better part of a month on the playa, documenting the building and burning of Black Rock City in words and pictures. John is a longtime newspaper person and spent many years at the San Francisco Chronicle, where he was a deputy managing editor in charge of Page One and the news sections of the paper. Since leaving the Chronicle in 2007, he was a contributing editor on Blue Planet Run, a book about the world's water crisis, and for the past two years has been a lecturer at UC Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism. He has also started an event and editorial photography business, and is also working on a book about the "Ten Dollar Doc" from Arco, Idaho, which will make a lovely film someday.

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