2006 PLAYA ART INSTALLATIONS
Click the name of an Art Installation in the list below to see details about it.
by Steve Hall
Three other-worldly heads, suspended above black boxes covered with masks, transport you with the push of a handle into an unexpected cacophony of sound. With the flick of a switch the heads slip into the past and regale the listener with sounds long-forgotten.
Contact: stillhall (at) aol (dot) com
Heart of Fire
by Valerie Power and Michael Hennig
A fourteen foot tall triumphant angel with wings swept back glows from the inside to warm people on cold playa nights.
Contact: valeriegwenn (at) yahoo (dot) com
by Jim Chrislock
Six bells hanging on a common structure ring during daylight by means of a solar panel and motor driven clappers. There is a resonance that can seemingly be touched. The bells are full of harmony and dissonance. Periods of one or the other or both occur as in our real world.
Contact: blzhunt (at) hotmail (dot) com
by Mikey Sklar
The High-Lighter is a trampoline based flame effect in which a volunteer from the audience jumps on an unmodified trampoline. An ultrasonic sensor placed below the trampoline measures the changes in the height of the trampoline canvas as the user jumps up and down. A microcontroller notes the changes reported by the sensor and triggers a single solenoid valve to open and close. Based upon on the amount of force being applied to the trampoline the solenoid valve will behave differently. The harder someone jumps on a trampoline the longer the solenoid valve will stay open, illuminating a cylindrical metal tube with stenciled designs. LP-Gas will be released through the solenoid valve while it is open and ignited by a nearby pilot light covered in steel wool.
Contact: sklarm (at) screwdeaf (dot) cx
by Audrey Snyder
Iloomination is a loom that has spent too many nights at the discoteca. Or, maybe it is a musical instrument that has spent too many days in a factory.
Contact: audreysnyder (at) gmail (dot) com
by Peter Terezakis
Set on the playa periphery, ten vertically mounted eight foot florescent lamps arranged in a line, seventy feet apart from each other, slowly flash through twilight. Begun in 1996 this installation has appeared in different parts of the United States and Europe as an homage to open space, the magic of twilight, and the evanescent nature of individual life.
Contact: toast (at) terezakis (dot) com
by Jeff Nelson
A sculptural interpretation of earth's sun represents the awesome power of the cosmos, in which every star is born, lives, and dies. Ultimately, humanity's hopes and fears will prove to be irrelevant as nature consumes all in the grand and dispassionate narrative of space and time.
Contact: jnelsonic (at) earthlink (dot) net
Letters to a Young Poet
by Morley John
"Reviving the lost art of letter writing, one envelope at a time."
Contact: morley (at) hellyeah (dot) com
"Let your life flash before your..."
by Marque daVis
Cirque de Flambe ponders: Let your life flash before your..., a pyrotechnic display of a bull, matador and lancers.
Contact: maque (at) drizzle (dot) com
by David Herb
Inside of this large rock, in its shelterd, cavelike interior, lights react to human motions and gestures, offering a unique means of communication.
Contact: epaqq (at) hotmail (dot) com
Long*Distance Relationship Station
by Melissa Strasser and Fabian Meier
This rusted, dusty Station poses the question to those who are currently experiencing this special breed of relationship: what DO Long*distance Relationships actually mean? Against the backdrop aesthetic of county-road tourist traps, dank motel bedspreads and restless searching, provocative questions are asked and mischievous deeds solicited with the primary function of creating a playa community that has insight to this unique circumstance.
Contact: mastrasser (at) gmail (dot) com
Lotus Flower Room
by Lewis Zaumeyer
Abandon the negative, pursue the positive... a mantra for those who have chosen to pursue self realization through the ancient pathways of transcending the ego mind. A lotus flower, symbol of beauty and creation out of the muck and ooze of daily existence gives light to the reality of our ability to pursue and find the context of our true Self even though caged within the framework of a tenacious, fearful content of experience.
Contact: archideaz (at) aol (dot) com
by Tom Morrow
An orb of light floats in the night sky and slowly changes colors.
Contact: tmorrow_us (at) yahoo (dot) com
by Robert Bennett
The Chinese Dragon, unlike the western Dragon, is a symbol that combines power with hope. Its element is water, not fire, and it is associated both with the nurturing rains of spring and the destructive storms of winter. Luong Qi (combining the Chinese words for "dragon" and "spirit") is a 10' long dragon made from plywood.
Contact: bbennett (at) fsasf (dot) org
Mini Wacky Putt-Putt
by Scott G.G. Haller
Two platforms of stylized miniature golf provide interactive sport on the playa.
Contact: ScottGGH (at) aol (dot) com
Multi-Person Pogo Stick
by Heather Ralph
This challenging modified pogo stick can be operated by two to four people simultaneously albeit with great difficulty.
Contact: heaterhere (at) gmail (dot) com
New Day Warwolf
by Tirzah Rodgers
A fourteenth century siege weapon, thought to be the atom bomb of medieval history, puts hundreds of pounds of rubber chickens into low orbit; it's a weapon of fun for a new day.
Contact: twnty2tearsofjoy (at) yahoo (dot) com
by Francis Wenderlich
Three cylindrical shapes spinning on a horizontal and a vertical axis make a moire pattern.
Contact: francis (at) burningman (dot) com
by Barry Brumitt
The OmBall Machine provides a simple chord comprised of three notes: spirituality, surprise and play. This juxtaposition of the outer world ( a simple gumball machine) with the inner world (the Om) provides and opportunity for reflection, amusement and refreshment.
Contact: barryb (at) gmail (dot) com
by Quentin Davis
The Orb is a 5-10' glowing object made from 1 gallon plastic water bottles and lit with super bright LEDs. It functions as a water tower for our city dispensing water at its base.
Contact: Q (at) quentini (dot) com
Pacific Hell Playa Phone
by Brad Templeton
An ordinary looking phone kiosk actually functions via internal electronics, radio and internet, and allows free calls to just about anywhere for all in BRC. It is there because it shouldn't be possible. It sometimes roams on a wagon, towed behind a trike.
Contact: 4brad (at) templetons (dot) com
Panoramic Wall of History
by Brad Templeton
Giant panoramic photographs show Black Rock City from 1998 to 2005 in high detail with 360 degree views.
Contact: 4brad (at) templetons (dot) com
PeepShow Mini Golf
by Baron Scott Levkoff
A miniature golf course contains social space, a stage for ongoing sideshow and medicine show antics, and an interactive spinner wheel.
Contact: scott (at) superstaravatar (dot) com
Pendulum of Fire
This pyro-kinetic sculpture uses the power of fire to give itself motion.
Contact: pyrokineticart (at) yahoo (dot) com
by Rob Buchholz
A twelve-foot tall mosaic vase contains three stainless steel daisies, each of which contains a high-intensity spotlight shining up into the night sky.
Contact: burninghombre (at) yahoo (dot) com
by Mark Hansen
An arrangement of lights flashes randomly.
Contact: marquequark (at) yahoo (dot) com
by Mike DePrez
The Planetarium's star speckled outer walls surround low seats inside to give the participant a view of the night sky, free of the light glare from Black Rock City. Additionally, "artificial" constellations, meteors, UFOs and other celestial events are superimposed over the real night sky in real time, constantly changing and filling the viewer with the awe of the Universe while providing some interesting celestial treats to make it fun and inspiring. Ever changing audio environments gently accompany the experience.
Contact: mikedeprez (at) aol (dot) com
Playa Circle II - Mirror Mer-Ka-Ba
by Christopher Wunderlich
The alchemical process of working in sacred geometry has been with mankind throughout time immemorial. From the great pyramids of Giza and the Gothic cathedrals of Europe to fractals, humanity has based some of its most profound creations on the principals that also make up the mathematical structures of pinecones and starfish. The building blocks of all creation are being revealed to us now at the end of three great celestial cycles. Every 26,000 years our earth enters the solar sign of Aquarius; this is the end of a Myan Great Cycle. The year 2012 will be the end of the fourth Great Cycle, which takes a total of 104,000 years, and it is the end of one galactic year, which takes our Earth 225 million years to complete. Using the theories of alchemy, quantum physics and sacred geometry we have been developing machines that function as galactic transmitters. These machines function as a kind of worm hole generator that, when used with the proper intent and focus can possibly propel the user through space and time. Through the use of ideas in transverse paraphysics it is possible to bend the unified field and alter space without going anywhere yet shifting the whole of reality.
Contact: daswunder (at) earthlink (dot) net
Playa Fire Dance
by Crimson Rose and playa fire spinners
On Thursday at sunset, fire performers of all stripes present their talents in a free-flowing display of sizzling heat and motion by solo artists and groups, on the 5:30 meridian between the Man and the Esplanade.
Contact: crimson (at) burningman (dot) com
by Nelson Lacey
These steel skinned lifesize human figures appear to be crossing the playa.
Contact: artbylacey (at) hotmail (dot) com
by Maya Smundak
A lone bathtub filled with wooden balls features a showerhead which imitates running water with illluminated fishlines.
Contact: masmundak (at) yahoo (dot) com
by Elena Dukovny
What do infants see in their toys? An adult-size playgym helps you imagine the answer.
Contact: e_dukh (at) hotmail (dot) com
by Dan Eklund
An enormous horizontal image is composed of thousands of individual squares of fabric, each about 1 square yard in size, and each contributed by participants. The goal of this project is to create an image on the desert floor that is visible to a satellite circling the earth.
Contact: dan (dot) eklund (at) gmail (dot) com
Propane Vortex Ring Launcher
by Peter Anderson
The Propane Vortex Ring Launcher generates a vortex ring of propane gas which moves through the air and is ignited by a stationary, elevated flame source. This produces a large blue "flash ring" flame about 3' in diameter and 8" thick, which can be aimed a different flame sources in a "shooting gallery" style.
Contact: pete (at) 4701 (dot) net