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July 24th, 2012  |  Filed under Playa Tips, Preparation

Preparation, Social Capital, Northern Nevada and You

[This post was written by long-time Reno resident and Burner Nathan Aaron Heller, who works closely with Northern Nevada businesses on behalf of Burning Man.]

Gerlach’s new town sign, painted by Gary Mann.

On your way to and from Burning Man, whether you are traveling by auto, air or both, you will make your way through Black Rock City’s neighboring communities.

A store advertises its Burning Man-ready wares. Photo CC-BY Jennifer Morrow.

And while you’re there, most of you will spend money on supplies (of course, the seasoned among you know that doing so saves money and hassle). Did you know that your impact on local economies is HUGE? In fact, Burning Man estimates that in 2011 participants spent over $15 million in Northern Nevada, a region especially hard-hit by the ongoing recession. Many local businesses will tell you that Burning Man season is even bigger than Christmas. Pretty amazing, really.

Social Capital

The Burning Man experience has inspired many of us to take a serious look at our financial choices and relationships, including the effects of our economic decisions, directing our money towards resources and businesses that align with our values. By doing so, we invest in social capital. And because of Burning Man’s influence, many local businesses are giving additional attention to social capital and how it impacts the way they do business. Read more »

August 28th, 2011  |  Filed under Building BRC

The Playa is Really Big

As anyone who has walked back to camp after watching the sun come up out at the trash fence will tell you: the playa is big. Really big. Gigantic and huge to boot. But it’s even bigger than that. Really. Really. Big.

It’s so big the only way I can explain it is to show you a picture and hope that you click on it:

110 megapixel panoramic image of the Black Rock Desert

This is a 110 megapixel panoramic image I shot of the Black Rock desert last Wednesday. It’s made out of 42 individual images, and stretches all the way from the Temple of Transition all the way back to Gerlach. Click on the image to see the whole thing in high-rez interactive animated detail.  Requires Flash and a full water container. Extra sunscreen would be a good idea, too.

September 1st, 2009  |  Filed under Events/Happenings

The City Awakens

Monday Night Shiva Vista

It is Monday night and Black Rock City’s come alive. The City has become a living, bustling, fire breathing animal that’s suddenly shaken off the last few days playa dust and turned on the ambient music and surreal sounds, with flashing fire cannoned Art Cars passing slowly in the night, creating discordant Mash Ups of each other as they pass. Freshly arrived Citizens roam the Esplanade on bikes, strange reticulated vehicles or on foot, glowing and blinking like phosphorescent microorganisms evolving in the large scale petri dish of Burning Man. The City is speaking in a new, heightened voice that is a mixture of music, the whoosh of fire cannons, laughter, cheers and conversation, with an occasional random chimpanzee screech thrown in for good measure.

Evolution appears to be the year of the Monkey.

Yes, our little village is rapidly filling out and becoming an impressive metropolis. It looks like Monday is the new Wednesday. CampArctica along with the 3 o’clock plaza ice called Ice Cubed, and the 9 o’clock plaza named Ice 9, are open for business. The big red double-decker Nowhere Omnibus installed their bus stop signs and is serving as a grand mass transit system. BMIR is broadcasting, all the Org Camps like Burners Without Borders and Black Rock Solar are up and running. The Man Museum is open and Center Camp Café is serving coffee and hosting music. Theme Camps are going up with a constant drone of tens of thousands of people who’ve hit the ground running and want to start enjoying the good life as soon as humanly possible.

Our first wave of new immigrants are working on little sleep, delirious with anticipation as they set up their shade structures to beat the sun so they’ll have a place to build out the rest of their playa reality for the next week or so. They pass along the City roads searching for their spot in their trucks and cars packed to the gills with all the essentials for this weird camping trip; tents and sculptures, tarps, lighting and decorations, kitchens, showers, and things to make fire or to make them glow, fabulous costumes and other things most odd and unnatural to share and to add to the intensity of being here.

Center Camp Cafe'

The large expanses of real estate from the Esplanade to the outer streets are now filling in and the Art is coming to full fruition. The Temple was built out with beautiful side tear drop shaped forms today. New pieces have popped up over night and during the day the ARTery is packed with artists seeking placement. Tonight, the Flaming Lotus Girls’ installation, Soma, has become a meeting place for Art Cars and Shiva Vista is going full tilt with music, dancers and huge fire bursts that shake windows along the Esplanade.

Our City’s infrastructure is magnificent and the stage is set for all Participants to create their own Utopia.

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August 19th, 2008  |  Filed under Building BRC

If you see a fork in the road, take it

If you've made it this far, you're almost Home.

If you've made it this far, you're almost Home.