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Posts in 2009
Another little tidbit for you before we all leave for the Playa (although my sweetie has already been there 2 1/2 weeks helping to get ready for your arrival). Coincidently, my good friend Moze wrote about Vishnu’s Dream in his fabulous post Moze’s Top Ten ART PROJECTS And Then Some. That was the same week I contacted Vishnu’s Dream to get some “in progress” photos from them. Coincidence or great art coming our way, you decide?
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You won’t have seen ALL the art until you see Bio*tanical Garden by Rossella Scapini. This is a view of the avant-garde in biological harvesting.
This innovative greenhouse cultivates human organs and body parts in pots until they are ready to be trans-planted! Bio*tanical Garden is one of the 2009 Honorarium Installations so check it out an be amazed!
This is the note that the Reno-Tahoe International Airport sent to [BM] last week when the Airport hosted a party for all of you who are coming through on the way to the Event.
“Thank you so much for participating (and making possible) last week’s Opening Reception for “The Art of Burning Man” exhibit in the Connector Collections Gallery at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport. It was a huge success and we are still hearing about the exhibit here at the airport and out and about the Reno-Sparks-Lake Tahoe community. We can’t wait to share the exhibit with the 15,000 Burning Man participants that will soon be traveling through our airport. Here are a few photos from the event.”
So Welcome Burners! Your Burning Man experience begins now!
The mission statement for this installation at [BM] this year is:
To create an interactive art installation which intends to inspire personal evolution through joy.
Specifically, the piece invites participants to declare a memory that has already happened OR a memory that has yet to happen, but to declare it in the past tense as if it has! Memories will be written on leaves and attached to trees which will contribute to the piece’s own evolution throughout the week. So look for this piece on the Playa and participate by sharing your memory or a memory yet to come.
Every generation is subtly different. Different parents and different environments result in new choices and unpredictable results. Not that most observers would notice. From a distance the Burning Man appears unchanged, a single constant anchor amidst a city of no constancy.
But look closer and you’ll see evidence of a tale forever evolving. Organic, rife with mutations and competing ideas. Of refinements and failures; all the messy flotsam and jetsam of natural selection, packed into a single human figure. The journey of eons – the human journey – recapitulated in a spare wooden effigy.
As Adam might say, “Consider the rib.”
Originally carved by hand, the ribs were for a few brief years cut upon a CNC machine. In 2007 circumstance brought the process full circle, necessitating a quick return to traditional methods. During the rebirth – the heroic, on-playa creation of that year’s second Man – the ellipses that form the ribs were manually scribed by Red Ryan using only two screws, a length of string and mathematics. They were then hand cut by members of the Man KCrew and the DPW, as well as by the many citizens of Black Rock City who had joined us, unhesitatingly volunteering their labors to create Burning Man anew.
“All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one’s heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.” – Cormac McCarthy, “The Road”
Black Rock Station – June 27th 2009
Work began today almost wordlessly. Everyone on this year’s KCrew is a veteran Man builder, and by now well familiar with the steps involved. The Greenlees – refrigerator-sized metal toolboxes – were unpacked yesterday, and the myriad tools of Man-building now stand ready, awaiting our use. Sawhorses are unpacked and assembled: two for the torso and two for each leg. (The arm horses will follow later.) The lumber that will become the Man has already been delivered and now, three long timbers are carried from it and placed across each pair of sawhorses. These beams will form the Man’s spine, and the long bones of the legs.