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This year, in accordance with the art theme, Cargo Cult, we will have several opportunities to create art for placement in and around the Man Pavilion.

Altars Encircling the Man

There will be altars surrounding the Man Pavilion and within L3K (the circle of lights around the Man). These pieces should be interactive. One feature requested is a gift exchange site where participants can leave offerings and obtain something in return. Altars are places to give and receive, and this function should be clearly communicated to participants. Such gifts should be protected from the wind. As with any artwork, the overall piece should be designed to withstand harsh desert weather and the excited, probing hands of our participants.

The maximum dimension of each altar installation is 20 feet high by 20 feet wide and must include lighting. While the pieces will be close to the Man Pavilion structure, we want to ensure each installation is adequately lit for safety.

Flame effects may be allowed, but must be approved by the Fire Art Safety Team in advance. No pyrotechnics may be included in the installations.

The installations will need to be fully installed by sunrise Sunday before the event starts and will be removed Friday evening of event week between 8 and 10pm, when the Man Pavilion closes. If desired, you may return the altar to the Man Pavilion burn site after the Man has fallen, but for the time between the Man Pavilion strike and the Man falling, the piece will need to be placed elsewhere. Exact placement will be coordinated with the ARTery.

Homegrown Technology

Our flying saucer Man base is of course tongue-in-cheek, an evocation of technology by people who do not necessarily understand technology. It is a kind of retro-tech which, while perhaps aspiring to seem sleek and modern, could nevertheless be constructed from homely or repurposed materials and involve very puzzling functions. Think of these as exhibits at a weird Science Fair. This is not to say that any apparatus cannot involve real and subtle technologic elements, nor that it can't produce intriguing effects. But this is parody, a burlesque of our technologic world.

On the top two flight decks inside the Pavilion will be a chance for participants to showcase their homegrown technologies and ideas. These installations should range between 2-4 feet in width, with a maximum of 4 feet high and 2 feet deep. They will be mounted on or against the walls. Please keep in mind that these installations will be housed within the epicenter of our city, so thousands of people will be coming to view, enjoy, experience and touch.

All art installations within the Pavilion need to be fully installed by sunrise Sunday before the event begins. They need to be removed Friday evening of event week, between 8 and 10 pm.

Each installation should weigh less than 50 lbs, and must be easily carried and mounted within the Pavilion structure. No installations will be allowed to remain in the Man Pavilion for the burn.

There may be access to power for the installations, but this will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

For answers to any questions, please email artgrants(at)burningman(dot)com.