2003 PLAYA INSTALLATIONS
A Place to Stand
by Bob Marzewski
A hollow 8' fiberglass world globe is spun by the action of participants running inside of it.
Contact: rlm (at) i.frys (dot) com
Arc of Reflection
by Amy Stabler
A 20' tall arc of mirrors appears as a shimmering waterfall of light.
Contact: astabler (at) ix.netcom (dot) com
photo by Vulgaricus Gasket Audio Vortex
by Vulgaricus Gasket
A five by five foot structure contains six speakers that turn on and off successively in a counter-clockwise direction.
Contact: vulgaricus (at) yahoo (dot) com
by Laurence Cook
Each side of this interactive dollar sign sculpture presents a different aspect of the expressions of money.
Contact: turn (at) laurencecook (dot) com
photo by J. Scott Smith Bee on the Leaf
by Andrew Gledhill
Two chairs, thirty feet apart, face a framed vine leaf on which a bee rests.
Contact: andrew (at) groundzero (dot) net
by Sara Chieco
Numerous ceramic bells of varying shapes and sizes will hang from a wooden tree-like structure, and will produce an ever-changing unified song. Participants can put their names on their bell of choice and take it away on Sunday.
Contact: schieco (at) yahoo (dot) com
Photo by Aaron Baum Boing
by Aaron Baum
A kinesthetic public instrument sited in Arctica uses pressure sensors and giant inflated balls to create bounce-driven music and lights. Boing learns your rhythm and responds to your every move when you are on the ball.
Contact: drfriendly (at) earthlink (dot) net
Celebration of Agni
by Bryan Burke
A 3000' outline figure of the man is made of trays filled with a combustible mixture that burns for twenty minutes. It will be photographed and videotaped from the air by camera carrying skydivers.
Contact: bryantburke (at) hotmail (dot) com
photo by Monica Perez Chairs
by Anne Kayser
Arranged in sets or small groups suggesting psychological relationships, these chairs offer a place to sit and ponder their meaning.
Contact: dragonflyannie (at) hotmail (dot) com
Chamber of Her Brightest Secrets
by Anakin Koenig
An inflatable structure surrounded by scaffolding is used as reflector for the strobe lights inside. Their frequency is defined by motion sensors that record the activity inside the Chamber. Video cameras record images inside the Chamber and send the signal to Reorient's video matrix. The result is projected onto Reorient's dome.
Contact: anakin (at) flyvision (dot) org
by Larry Breed
A ball of fire floats, swoops and spirals through the playa night. It's the Chaotick, a flaming tetherball inspired by an antique clock escapement.
Contact: livember (at) earthlink (dot) net
Cluster Bombs on the Black Rock Desert
by A. Ehren Tool
808 ceramic cups are placed in a grid defining the footprint of four CBU-87 cluster bombs (200m x 1600m). Four is the number of cluster bombs that one A10 attack plane can carry. The artist wants to share the unreal experience of serving in the US military, being aware of the destruction of which America is capable, and then coming home to a country that is totally removed from that reality.
Contact: waehrentool (at) yahoo (dot) com
by Ron Seivertson
A twelve foot tall steel figure with movable head and arm functions like a weathervane and reacts to cosmic activities.
Contact: graniteron (at) juno (dot) com
by Quentin Davis
Inside a 10' long croissant is an intricately sculpted alien city made of plaster, with lights and sound. The Croissant is victory over the forces of evil. We are tiny but powerful - come and visit us in the mothership.
Contact: quentinil (at) earthlink (dot) net
by Nick Ray
A life sized female nude atop a pyramid swings a lamp and dances.
Contact: ayzone7 (at) yahoo (dot) com
by Robert Sturm
The Desert Flower is a memorial to a friend named Court Demas. Twenty feet high and twenty feet across, its petals radiate out from a long wooden stamen protruding from the center.
Contact: robert.sturm (at) xilinx (dot) com
Dragons of Eden
by Steve Hosking
This fanciful dragon has multiple stainless steel heads which form a 16' diameter circle around its body. The heads sing, chomp and breathe fire to dragon music.
Contact: sgh (at) cruzio (dot) com
by Jack Schroll
The heart of El Diablo is a jet engine from a French military fighter jet, circa 1964, mounted on a boat trailer with outriggers. As the engine roars, colored flames are produced. Ear protection is provided for anyone who wants to be close to the unit while in operation.
Contact: gt350jack (at) aol (dot) com
ETOE Windmill for Enlightenment
by Taylor Vignali
A study in alternative energy, this pyramid-like windmill incorporates wind, solar, and human power to create light.
Contact: taylorvignali (at) hotmail (dot) com
by Craig Southard
The words FEAR and LESS are drawn in ground charcoal on the playa at a scale of 1000 square feet. They are drawn in reverse one point perspective so that when seen from a viewing stand 20 yards away, they appear to float upright against the landscape.
Contact: csouthard (at) pacbell (dot) net
by Lee Chubb
The Fire Grid, an experiment in gestural control of flame, is an 8 by 8 foot grid of flamethrowers controlled by a computer with a pressure sensitive tablet. The grid itself is made of copper, brass, and silver pipe. The system allows you to draw in flame, and translates your touch and pressure into their equivalent in fire.
Contact: lee (at) intbuild (dot) com
photo by Penguingrrl Gloria Caeli
by Jonathan Wolfe
A 90,000-cubic-foot tiedyed hot-air balloon is inflated and tethered for nightglows, and flies above Black Rock City in the early morning hours whenever the winds permit.
Contact: newmexico (at) burningman (dot) com