2003 PLAYA INSTALLATIONS
photo by Zachary Triesman Hyperbolic Immersion
by Zachary Triesman
This unruly surface is a manifestation of non-Euclidan geometry and the emergence of chaos from mathematical order. Sevenfold hyperbolic symmetry plays foil to the spherical geodesic patterns of the city, and its intrinsic finiteness suggests life.
Contact: treisman (at) math.washington (dot) edu
by Marshall Elliott
Talismanic poles surround a disabled car wrapped in burnt cloth and rope.
photo by Joshua Schrier Laser Cage
by Joshua Schrier
An ultrasound motion-detector triggered triangular 'cage' of laser light, made visible by ambient dust, waits on the open playa to snare unsuspecting wanderers. Upon entering the cage area, laser pointers are turned on in sequence, enclosing the triangular area and its inhabitants.
Contact: jschrier (at) mac (dot) com
by Noah Lang
Whimsical 'broadcasting and receiving' antennas in a field emit transmissions of numbers stations. Numbers stations appear on the short wave radio band and are encoded meesages used by governments to communicate with undercover field agents.
Contact: noah (at) trilliumpress (dot) com
by Nelson Lacey
A black and white spiral is created by spinning a wooden wheel.
Contact: artbylacey (at) hotmail (dot) com
Phoenguin Rising From The Ashes
by Stephen Lynn
A 10' wood and metal sculpture of a Penguin stands in the traditional pose of the Phoenix.
Contact: cryingbunnies (at) earthlink (dot) net
by Dave Galat
A 900 square foot pyramid made of skinned and latticed wood is enhanced by lighting and projected visuals.
Contact: davegalat (at) yahoo (dot) com
Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots
by David Madison
A life-size version of the old Mattel game contains two 8-foot tall robot skeletons on wheels within a boxing ring. Participants may enter and control the robots.
Contact: burningman.com (at) daveola (dot) com
by Michael Taluc
A 35 foot structure made of rectangular steel tubing, wood, and steel latticework contains bright, translucent red fabric panels. Each panel acts as a wind vane moving independently from the others.
Contact: mtaluc (at) yahoo (dot) com
by Peter Hudson
This 3D zoetrope is a 16' turntable with plaster cast swimmers mounted in sequential movement around the perimeter of the disc. When people start the turntable rotating, a strobe light flashes in sequence with the advancement of each piece, so that the figures appear to be swimming.
by Shirley Nachmana
Ropes, strings, cables and fabrics are stretched between the metal frames of two large nesting cubes, forming a spider's web on which one may climb. Israeli video art is projected onto one of the fabric surfaces.
Contact: shirleynach (at) bezeqint (dot) net
by David Van Brink
A BRC Imaginary Transit System entrance features a stairway which appears to lead down into the ground, and is enhanced by solar-powered lighting and recorded sound effects.
Contact: poly (at) omino (dot) com
photo by David Ellingsworth The Eye
by Ryon Gesink
A metal arch supports a large flaming eye which sweeps the playa with its spotlight vision.
Contact: ryon (at> hotmail (dot) com
by Michael Zwerg
A solar-powered sundial functions by night as well as by day. At night, 60 lamps arranged in a semi-circle illuminate the gnomon in the same manner as the sun by day.
Contact: Zwerg (at) ATTglobal (dot) net
by Richard Friedberg
Standing 12' tall, he is the man of steel made from trailer park parts, and also functions as a pyrophone and a mesquite grill.
Contact: alkymist (at) yahoo (dot) com
Taco van Ieperen Vision Garden
by Taco van Ieperen
A lovely garden features a tree surrounded by a bed of flowers and mythical animals. By day the creatures vanish into their dens and the flowers close to protect themselves from the harsh sun. At night, the flowers open and the creatures come out.
Contact: tacovan (at) shaw (dot) ca
Year of the Snake
by Jerico Woggon
Two snakes hide within a 138' long wall of polka dotted blacklight paintings.
Contact: jerico (at) cherrymeltdown (dot) com
photo by Carl Mears Yo' mama!
by Panna Lossy and Carl Mears
A copper pipe, fiberglass and mosaic tile figure provides drinks to those who suckle at her breast.
Contact: panna (at) sonic (dot) net
photo by Tom Scott Your Move
by David Collins and Neil Webb
A small table containing a chess board is flanked by two chairs and an indicator of whose turn comes next in the game. Make your move and move on.
Contact: dwcollins (at) lbl (dot) gov