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ART INSTALLATIONS 1992-1995

1992


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Desert Shower
by Gregg Schlanger
A two-stalled shower fed by overhead tanks fed in turn by a cistern in the shape of Pyramid Lake is oriented with a view of the open playa. Participants had to fill the tanks by pumping water out of the basin.


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Wicker People
by Serena de la Hey
Three haunting figures dance across the playa, made by a wicker artist from Somerset, England. Serena was given a small grant from the British government to make this installation.

1993


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Authorities Are Baffled
by Vince Koloski
A 115' by 80' line drawing in neon rests six inches above the playa surface.


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Lingam
by Pepe Ozan
Pepe's first lingam takes the form of a conical mud tower.


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Waterway for the Black Rock
by Gregg Schlanger
This water installation was inspired by nearby gold-mining sluice works. Water is routed through troughs, slat walkways, and other wooden structures.

1994


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Church of the Pyramid Camera Obscura
by Chris de Monterey
This temple takes the form of that mysteriously powerful pyramid which stares back at us from dollar bills. Within its darkened sanctum is a camera obscura. A rotating lens mounted on the pyramid focuses a revolving panorama of the world outside upon a concave screen. Rituals include a ceremonial Camera Burning.


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Fire Lingam
by Pepe Ozan
This 30' chimney is made of playa mud over a rebar and metal mesh structure.

Four Directions
by Ric Louchard; altars by Lynn Marsh
Four powerful speakers around the Man project four different sound environments created for the playa. The 19-minute quadrophonic composition is timed to end at sunrise each day.


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Precious
by David Lundquist
A 16-foot long bronze dragon breathes fire.


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Spontaneous Combustion Theater
by the LA Cacophony Society
Fire breathing poets and incendiary clowns trace the origin of spontaneous human combustion through this anarcho-burlesque, audience participatory theater intoxication ritual. It's aesthetic anarchy with a smile!

1995


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Camera Obscura
by Chris de Monterey
A labyrinth housed within a white pyramid leads to a central chamber where a hidden lens projects a vivid panorama of the world outside upon a concave screen.


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It Came from Within
by Vince Koloski
Neon tubing six inches above the playa surface forms a 135' X 75' line drawing.


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Fire Lingam
by Pepe Ozan
Pepe's third lingam is a 30' tall earthen chimney surrounded by several small lingams with yonis at their bases, adorned by slithering serpent-like "linguini."


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Little Men
by Steve Yonkman
Small multi-colored neon burning men and palm trees sprout from the playa.


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Toyland
by the LA Cacophony Society
In this realization of your fondest childhood dreams of destruction, happy elves operate erector-set crematoriums, stuffed animals smolder on rotisseries, and the funny little Jack-in-the-box spews fire.


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Water Woman
by Ray Cirino
A tall wooden female figure is the source of a shower, which sprays from between her legs.