Getting Your Bearings in Wine Country

"Getting Your Bearings" by David Boyer, 2014. (Photo courtesy of the author.)
“Getting Your Bearings” by David Boyer, 2014. (Photo courtesy of the author.)

Reno artist David Boyer’s 2014 Burning Man kinetic wind sculpture Getting Your Bearings is now on display in Napa, California as part of the Napa ARTwalk public art program. This work is one of fourteen that will be on loan to the City of Napa for a period of two years. The work is #13 on the ARTwalk tour and is located next to the Napa River Inn just off the Riverfront walkway. For more information visit Napa ARTwalk.

David first shared work in Black Rock City in 2007 — a kinetic tree sculpture in the “Mangrove” surrounding the Man as part of the Green Man art theme. Burning Man Art’s Civic Arts program then funded a recreation of the Mangrove in Reno, Nevada. Aside from his many public art projects, he’s brought work out to the playa every year since.

Enjoy the sights and sounds of his creative process, as well as a hypnotic and beautiful portrait of Getting Your Bearings in this video clip:

Thank you, David, for your tireless contributions to BRC and to public art!

Everyhere Logistics: They Bring the Art to You

nightmarketBurners know how much art one can pack into a box truck, but Everyhere Logistics is about to raise the bar. This team, spread out all across the United States, is rolling out multiple convoys of box trucks full of pop-up art exhibitions to traverse the country, descending upon a different U.S. city each Saturday in August. In each city, the trucks will join up with a local Lost Horizon Night Market, an interactive art carnival experience that will welcome in the locals. The point is to demonstrate how portable and scalable even big, inspiring art experiences can be.

“There is a myth that viable art is only found on the coasts and in a select few big cities,” the trailer video says. “Help Everyhere Logistics shatter that myth.”

These people want to build a national network of such Night Markets, to make them a part of the fabric of city life, and nailing this crazy trucking part would enable the free flow of art and artists across this network. You can help them make that happen on Kickstarter for just a few more days.

Ships in the Night

by Stiff Breeze

Two Burners embrace in the middle of a dust storm at dusk. (Photo by Lucas Swick)

Two Burners embrace in the middle of a dust storm at dusk. (Photo by Lucas Swick)

The announcement was made during the Critical Tits event, “White out in approximately ten minutes,” just enough time to get back to camp, maybe. I immediately began my return on my aging bike, a bare-bones, second-hand, yellow vehicle, fifteen speed new, now one. As miserable as the dust storms can be, a greater concern was visibility and the importance of being in our 1958 Jewel trailer as soon as possible. (more…)

Flower Piano in San Francisco

The Sunset Piano project began with a spontaneous, D.I.Y. initiative of putting a piano (or two, or three, or twelve, as it ended up being) along the coast of California, just to see who would show up and play them. This renegade installation brought people together in appreciation of music and nature.

Last year, Burning Man Arts’ Civic Arts program collaborated with the San Francisco Office of Workforce and Development (OWED) and artists Mauro ffortissimo and Dean Mermell to bring their roving Sunset Piano project to the streets of downtown San Francisco. And now this successful project has been extended for another year!

Poster image by Tamir Karta.
Poster image by Tamir Karta.

Please join us for the first event in the project’s latest series of events, Sunset Piano Opus IV. This debut event for Opus IV will take place at San Francisco’s Botanical Gardens. How beautiful! Come play some pianos or just enjoy some live music in one of San Francisco’s loveliest settings.

We here at Burning Man Arts believe that art and music belongs to everyone, regardless of access to traditional venues, and that equal access to art breaks down our sense of separation, of otherness, difference, estrangement, and disconnection. A simple act of putting art in a public space is actually a revolutionary act that challenges the cultural artifices of difference.

Flower Piano

San Francisco Botanical Garden
Ninth Ave @ Lincoln Way
San Francisco, California 94122

Members: FREE
San Francisco Residents: FREE with proof of residency
The Garden is free to all daily 7:30-9am and all day on second Tuesdays of the month
$7 general,
$5 youth 12-17 & seniors
$2 children 5-11; children 4 and under FREE
families of 2 adults and one or more child pay just $15

Visit the event’s Facebook page or San Francisco Botanical Garden’s website for more information. Visit Sunset Piano’s website for more information about the project.

Halcyon’s Tips & Tricks # 16 “Rangers!”

Episode 16 is less of a “trick” and more of a clarification and definition. “Who are the Rangers and how do I relate to them?” More importantly, “Do I have to act sober around them?!”




“A Walk Through Time” Brings Science+Art Mashup to BRC 2015

unnamedFellow Burners at A Walk Through Time camp are asking: Did you know we are currently facing the potential loss of 30-50% of Earth’s species by mid-century? This is in our lifetime, and it threatens humanity’s survival. Really. No joke, friends. As the Pope (HA!) announced on June 18, we (humanity) have some real issues to contend with.

The A Walk Through Time camp is bringing an art project to the playa to share the story of how life and biodiversity developed on our planet. The purpose is to offer a rich context for exploring fundamental issues regarding humanity and the future of all life on Earth. This project is the story of how we came to be, and it’s ambitious — it wouldn’t be Burning Man without pushing the envelope! A Walk Through Time will run 1/3 mile with interactive play stops along the way and a participatory pavilion at the end.

A Walk Through Time is a camp and a project with a mission: these long-time Burners are convening at Burning Man this year to elevate this important question: How do we stabilize climate change through business, policy, and most importantly through mobilizing The People?

Check out their Indiegogo campaign, and their charming disclaimer at the end.

Burning Man Project Seeks BWB Program Manager

bwb-logo_transparentIn case you missed the news, Burners Without Borders (BWB) became an official program of Burning Man Project (BMP) on June 1, 2015.

BWB, born in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, has a storied history of facilitating global grassroots volunteerism and civic participation in everything from disaster relief to beach clean-ups.

Burning Man Project is now seeking a high caliber Program Manager to administrate Burners Without Borders. Please go here to apply — the application deadline is Monday July 6.

As part of this transition, Carmen Mauk, BWB’s founder and longtime Executive Director, will help onboard the new program manager and then continue her own community outreach efforts, including her most recent work on alternative currencies in Africa. We would like to extend our deepest gratitude to Carmen for her outstanding work over the years guiding and nurturing BWB to amass an impressive list of accomplishments, from Haiti to Peru, New Jersey and Japan.


The Dancetronauts Meet Civic Responsibility

We’ve received a number of questions about the Dancetronauts Mutant Vehicle being asked not to come to Black Rock City in 2015. Here’s some background …

Shark car at the DMV, 2011 (Photo by Philippe Glade)
Shark car at the DMV, 2011 (Photo by Philippe Glade)

We strive to create as few rules as possible in Black Rock City to allow Burning Man participants as much freedom of expression as possible. The few rules we enforce on playa (such as on-playa driving restrictions, sound limits for large-scale sound camps, the recent ban on hand-held lasers, etc.) strike a balance between the various competing interests in the community, creating a foundation for civil society. In the spirit of Civic Responsibility, everybody sacrifices something (gives a gift, if you will) for the benefit of the greater community — which is Communal Effort.

Burning Man has had rules in place for several years regarding sound systems on Mutant Vehicles. The sound policy was created to strike a balance between allowing mobile sound vehicles and respecting artists’ requests for quiet space around their installations, participants looking to camp in quiet areas of Black Rock City and to address reports of hearing damage caused by overly loud systems.

We’ve received a number of complaints from participants about the Dancetronauts vehicle since 2013 — in fact more than any other vehicle on the playa. We requested the Dancetronauts draft a plan for dealing with the issues, and they failed to do so. We informed them their vehicle would not receive a license to operate on the playa for 2015. Dancetronauts have not been ‘banned’ from Burning Man. They’ve been asked to take a year off and make plans as to how they’ll address concerns from the community in the future.

Dr. Yes over at wrote a good post on this topic, including some more details.