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I returned from Burning Man Monday of this week and it's still much on my mind. It has to be one of the most fantastic art related experiences I've ever had. I highly recommend that anyone remotely intereseted in attending do so.<br><br><br><br>
I was a Burning Man virgin upon my arrival on the Playa and was amazed each and every day. The scale of the venue and the scale of the art is unbelievable. It's highly recommended that you bring a bicycle with you to get around the playa to visit all of the art. Even if you do that there's a good chance that you won't see everything. It's great to be able to ride between the works of art. Sometimes travelling from one piece to another we'd notice something we hadn't realized was there and would stop along the way.<br><br><br><br>
Black Rock City is also filled with art decorating the various venues and theme camps. We didn't spend as much time exploring the art there as we did out on the playa. In addition a lot of the art travels past you in the form of art cars, decorated bicycles and costumes. Travelling around at night is like being in the middle of the Disney electric light parade if the creators had envisioned it during an acid trip.<br><br><br><br>
There are theater, dance, circus and musical performances throughout the week in addition to poetry readings, spoken word and other events. Some of the theme camps offer sessions where you can create your own art and many of the art exhibits are interactive in nature.<br><br><br><br>
One of my favorite aspects of the event is that every day is very different. New art pieces are added through the burning of the man, and the interactive art pieces change throughtout the event. It was wonderful waking up every morning excited to find new and different things.<br><br><br><br>
I find myself excited and enthusiastic about returning next year. My mind is full of ideas and I feel driven to bring more to the Burning Man next year to be more of a participant than I was this year. Next year's theme, Green Man, which also includes man's relationship with his environment is full of promise. I think it's especially near to me because that is one of the biggest influences in my dietary choices. I see another opportunity to express myself in the area through creation of artwork along those lines.<br><br><br><br>
The New York Times has a slideshow of this year's which does a great job of conveying the feeling of the event. The images are very nice. Please visit the following link if you want to see it.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/2006/08/28/arts/20060829_BURNING_SLIDESHOW_index.html" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/slideshow/200...HOW_index.html</a>
 

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I've been really interested in Burning Man for a couple years. I hope to be able to go next year. I'm hoping to get a group of friends to go.<br><br><br><br>
Did you get any pictures?
 

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Sounds awesome asp3! and so glad you had a great time, tho I suppose it would be nearly impossiblen not to.
 

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Hi, I am also a burner, but took this year off. I have been going since 2002 and its become a huge part of my life. I was depressed for the last several weeks as I sat here in England and all my friends back in SF were getting ready for it!<br><br><br><br>
I tried to post a link to a Flicker album, but I cant since I'm a new member and dont have enough posts. If you want, PM me and Ill send it to you, some truly amazing photos from this year. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)"><br><br><br><br>
Glad to hear you had a great time on the playa! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Drugs, public sex, uber-competitiveness and cooler-than-thouness, miserable location. I don't see the appeal.</div>
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You've gone before?
 

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uber-competitiveness? cooler-than-thouness? I've only been to mini-burns and I have never seen any such qualities at those events.
 

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You've gone before?</div>
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Nope, not hip enough to be invited along. I know people who live for it, though, and have read their web site.
 

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Drugs, public sex</div>
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Yes these things happen (but not as often as you think) and local law enforcement gives out citations when it does.<br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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uber-competitiveness and cooler-than-thouness</div>
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These are some of the nicest, caring people you will ever meet, but just like anyplace there are always a few that give things a bad name.
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miserable location. I don't see the appeal.</div>
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The location is part of the experience which is extreme self-reliance (although people do help each other) in an extreme environment.
 

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I've always wanted to go.... never had the time and money to pull it off tho...<br><br><br><br>
I have several friends who are just now returning.<br><br><br><br>
seriously jealous...
 

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Drugs, public sex, uber-competitiveness and cooler-than-thouness, miserable location. I don't see the appeal.</div>
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Thats so sad you feel that way about it. Its so much more than any of those negatives you mentioned...
 

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Nope, not hip enough to be invited along. I know people who live for it, though, and have read their web site.</div>
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Burning man does not require an invitation. You just buy a ticket. Have you ever been to a show/concert? Certainly you don't need an invitation from the band to attend their show. Just because the people you know who attend might not be so kind to you doesn't mean the event is unkind.
 

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Anthony11, there are sooo many burners in Seattle area, if you want to go next year...make it happen! The art and community created out there is such an enlightening experience. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/smiley.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title=":)">
 

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Hey Asp3, I just saw your photos in the album here! Your bike looked great (love matching hat) and your pics of the Uchronia. Some facts about the guy/group that built that (really wish I could have seen this) from sfgate.com<br><br><br><br>
Ninety artists from Belgium shipped 100 miles of wooden beams to the playa, and nail-gunned them into a free-form cavern 15 stories high. It looked like a giant's haystack twisted into a computer model of a wave, with curved entrances on four sides. Reminiscent of Frank Gehry's undulating architectural style, its sides appeared to drip, defying gravity.<br><br><br><br>
Dwarfing all other sculptures, the "Waffle" was the biggest draw at night, as revelers packed into the cavern and danced to electronica bathed in neon-green light.<br><br><br><br>
"We didn't use a model, we just started at the bottom and kept adding as we went up," said Jan Kriekels, who said he funded the entire $250,000 project, including buying $250 tickets for the volunteers who spent three weeks building it. They used construction cranes to add the lumber to the top. The 2-inch-by-3-inch beams ranged in size from 8 to 10 feet long and came from the reject pile at a Canadian lumber mill.<br><br><br><br>
Although the artists might be offended by the sculpture's nickname, the installation's true name is "Uchronia" -- named after a Belgian art movement centered on a world without the concept of time, Kriekels said.<br><br><br><br>
"This piece is a symbol for a system that creates its own creators. We all did this together without being told how to do it -- we are factory workers, bookmakers, editors, designers, artists, salespeople -- and we can only do this if we refuse to be defined," he said.<br><br><br><br>
The artists plan to burn "Uchronia" tonight. Kriekels said his crew will plant enough trees in Belgium to offset his installation's greenhouse emissions.
 

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I wanted to wait until I had my pictures up before posting here again. I finally got them up and they're at:<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157594293744513/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/7940978...7594293744513/</a><br><br><br><br>
There are lots of great photos of the event on flickr, ours pale in comparison.<br><br><br><br><div class="quote-container"><span>Quote:</span>
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Drugs, public sex, uber-competitiveness and cooler-than-thouness, miserable location. I don't see the appeal.</div>
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There were drugs and people obviously using them, but it was very easy to have a fantastic drug free experience there. I didn't see any overt public sex, although there may have been a few couples inconspicuously enaged that I missed or thought were just close. The only uber-competitiveness I saw was at the Thunder Dome which I didn't do more than walk by. There was a little cooler-than-thouness, but I'd say it was directed at folks who were just there to observe and not to participate. The environment is harsh, but I think that is part of the appeal. The playa is so open and the surroundings so distant that the artwork really stands out as being on a huge stage. It isn't for everyone, but I don't think it's as bleak as your assessment.<br><br><br><br>
sf girl - Thanks for the Uchronia information, I didn't know it wasn't made from a model. Now I find it even more impressive than it was when I saw it.
 

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Here's a blurry picture of my wife and her friend in their el-wire costumes at Uchronia. This is one of the only pictures of the back of her costume which was the most impressive part. She's on the left in the picture.<br><br><br><br><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/249855224/" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/249855224/</a>
 

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great constumes asp3! There's going to be a burn decompression party here in november. i'm looking forward to it.
 
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