The art of Burning Man has always been one of my main motivations for returning to the desert year after year.  Here’s a few of the pieces that made me glad I was there in 2013.

Claude the Dragon by Gabe Zanotto, Jim Bowersclaude544“A 22′ long incredible work of recycled art! Everything (including) the kitchen sink went into creating Claude over his 20 year existence.”

The Art Department erupted in cheers when Claude the Dragon and his crew arrived; in part because they had planned on being there days earlier (having had their share of hang-ups and breakdowns along the way), and because we already knew that Claude was rad.  I had the honor of showing these fine folks to their site.  As I led the way to Claude’s new home, Gabe was at the wheel of a dying truck with Claude on his trailer, flanked on each side by his smiling family, creators, and friends.  Looking back from my cart it was somewhere between a parade and a bomber squadron.  Their happiness was so contagious I made sure to visit them through-out the week, bringing friends to meet the crew and see Claude’s intricate detail.  It was beautiful to see them so glad to share their art with this weird new audience in this most surreal place.  I’m confident that their entire crew was transformed by their experience, and that Gabe got better schwag than you or I.

Truth is Beauty by Marco CochraneTruth572
“Truth is Beauty is the second sculpture in a three-part series featuring singer/dancer Deja Solis, the first of which was Bliss Dance (2010)… These sculptures featuring women safe in the present to express themselves, are meant to help raise consciousness around violence against women, begin a healing process to make room for women’s voices, and ultimately result in a balance of energy that will allow women and men to thrive.”

Check out The Bliss Project for more on their amazing work.

Coyote by bryan tedrick
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“Coyote is a steel sculpture standing 25′ tall by 24′ wide. The head is kinetic and can rotate 360 degrees.”

coyote534Early one pre-event morning I had the pleasure of climbing into the rotating head of this beautiful piece.  It came highly recommended by the DPW who had just climbed down.  A fellow Honorarium artist happened by and chatted about her project, the difficulties of running a piece from London, and her favorites so far.  It was the kind of quite morning I remember from my first year at the event; filled with direct experiences with other people, their art, and the desert.  I’m glad I fit it in before my work started.

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The third and final post for the 2013 event, the art of dang edition, will be published here eventually. Take a look at previous dang Burning Man posts!  Thanks for reading.

 

Part of having a cool day job means crossing paths with interesting people.  James Watt and Martin Dickie own BrewDog, the UK’s fastest growing brewery, and star in a show featuring the duo “adventure-brewing” in America’s favorite beer towns.  Esquire TV‘s “Brew Dogs” came to Portland to brew while rafting on the Willamette River.  Figure Plant was happy to give them a hand with their rig.

FPkeggermaranHere’s a teaser from the full episode.  It’s worth a watch for the accents alone.
Season 1, Episode 6

One of my favorite on-going Burning Man projects is the Virgin Letter Project. This year the lovely folks over at VLP asked me to hook up a logo, and here’s what we came up with.  I’m really happy with how it turned out, and even happier to contribute to such a rad project. Participants, check them out.VLP2webOrangeThe 2013 event marked the third year of the Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE).  Four circles, six projects each, representing eight countries, and culminating in one big fire.  The art of dang is proud to have contributed the logo for Portland’s CORE project.  The treehouse was awesome and burned something lovely.  I’m glad to have been a part of it.

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Stay tuned for more dang burning man stuff in parts II and III, where we’ll discuss the art of dang’s honorarium project, my role as an art department volunteer, and my experience as a participant in the 2013 event.  More fun and photo’s to come…

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