Art Installations

Black Rock City Art Installations

Authorities Are Baffled

by: Vince Koloski
year: 1993

A 115′ by 80′ line drawing in neon rests six inches above the playa surface.

Buddha Head

by: Elise Fried
year: 1996

The wire Buddha head is created by Elise Fried with the help of her neighbors on the playa. She hopes it becomes a benign and blessing presence for you to see the world through.

Camera Obscura

by: Chris de Monterey
year: 1995

A labyrinth housed within a white pyramid leads to a central chamber where a hidden lens projects a vivid panorama of the world outside upon a concave screen.

Church of the Pyramid Camera Obscura

by: Chris de Monterey
year: 1994

This temple takes the form of that mysteriously powerful pyramid which stares back at us from dollar bills. Within its darkened sanctum is a camera obscura. A rotating lens mounted on the pyramid focuses a revolving panorama of the world outside upon a concave screen. Rituals include a ceremonial Camera Burning.

City of Dis

by: Pepe Ozan
year: 1996

Tour Satan’s private estate whose somber towers enclose the Ultimate Pit — a hidden and unhealing wound, this chasm is a fountainhead of boundless rage, appalling shame, and unendurable loneliness. But that’s not all! This is real! — not like in the movies. More thrills await. Witness the arrival of a soul in Hell, a tribal opera, and an insect ballet.

URL: www.burningmanopera.com

Desert Shower

by: Gregg Schlanger
year: 1992

A two-stalled shower fed by overhead tanks fed in turn by a cistern in the shape of Pyramid Lake is oriented with a view of the open playa. Participants had to fill the tanks by pumping water out of the basin.

Fire Lingam

by: Pepe Ozan
year: 1994

This 30′ chimney is made of playa mud over a rebar and metal mesh structure.

Fire Lingam

by: Pepe Ozan
year: 1995

Pepe’s third lingam is a 30′ tall earthen chimney surrounded by several small lingams with yonis at their bases, adorned by slithering serpent-like “linguini.”

Forest of Fire and Ice

by: Jim Mason
year: 1996

Wander through a phantom forest of burning trees. Glinting ice, encrusted on the tangled boughs, drips slowly into a cauldron of fire. Loiter here and listen to the eerie strains of cello and djeridoo.

Four Directions

by: Ric Louchard; altars by Lynn Marsh
year: 1994

Four powerful speakers around the Man project four different sound environments created for the playa. The 19-minute quadrophonic composition is timed to end at sunrise each day.

HELCO

by: Installations and performances by Kal Spelletich and Seemen, Christian Ristow, John Law, Maya Hayuk, Serena Irwin, Flynn Mauthe, Kimric Smythe, Robert Burke, Tanya, Nick Spelletich, and many other beloved helpers.
year: 1996

HELCO, a supranational conglomerate, is the official sponsor of this year’s Burning Man festival, and also our theme. Enter the Inferno through the neon Gate of Hell, courtesy of San Francisco’s Seemen. Visit HELCO’s corporate headquarters, a demonic strip mall dominated by The Helco Tower, Starfuck’s, Caca Bell, Joe Camel and Submit. Witness Cerberus, Hell’s voracious three-headed hound, as he consumes your favorite packaged products. See the battle between HELCO and Burning Man – who will win possession of our event?

URL: www.burningman.com/art_of_burningman/helco_gallery.html

It Came from Within

by: Vince Koloski
year: 1995

Neon tubing six inches above the playa surface forms a 135′ X 75′ line drawing.

Lingam

by: Pepe Ozan
year: 1993

Pepe’s first lingam takes the form of a conical mud tower.

Little Men

by: Steve Yonkman
year: 1995

Small multi-colored neon burning men and palm trees sprout from the playa.

MudHenge

by: Lisa Galli
year: 1996

Lisa Galli’s contemporary interpretation of Stonehenge is a ring of graceful sloping monoliths which enclose a mud pit. Worship here and wallow daily.

Ozymandias

year: 1996

"A vast and trunkless leg of stone stands in the desert." Behold Ozymandias, romantic relic of a vanished civilization. The pedestal inscription reads "Look on my works ye mighty and despair!"

Piano Bell

year: 1996

Enter a world of pianos at Steve Heck’s Piano Bell, a two-story structure built entirely of pianos. Steve, a piano mover, has a deep attachment to this instrument and provides you with a place to pluck, beat, and strum the exposed strings of old pianos. Have a drink at the interior bar while you’re at it.

Precious

by: David Lundquist
year: 1994

A 16-foot long bronze dragon breathes fire.

Pyramid of the Camera Obscura

by: Chris de Monterey
year: 1996

Crawl through a mysterious labyrinth. See a panoramic view of our encampment cupped like a spectral pool within its secret chamber. Based on a design first conceived by Leonardo da Vinci. A playa landmark since 1994.

Spontaneous Combustion Theater

by: the LA Cacophony Society
year: 1994

Fire breathing poets and incendiary clowns trace the origin of spontaneous human combustion through this anarcho-burlesque, audience participatory theater intoxication ritual. It’s aesthetic anarchy with a smile!

Stupa: The Processing of Hope

by: Paul Windsor
year: 1996

Behold the towering Stupa of Limbo. This graceful and imposing pyramid of books and stone will align on a grand axis with Burning Man.

Tinseltown

by: the LA Cacophony Society
year: 1996

The LA Cacophony Society brings you Hollywood as you’ve never seen it before — a gleeful spectacle of flaming Entertainment Industry icons. See the World’s Largest Celluloid Pyre. See Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, and Mickey Mouse wallowing in Molten Sin! See shrieking starlets, the exploding box office, and the climactic Detonation of the Oscar.

URL: la.cacophony.org

Toyland

by: the LA Cacophony Society
year: 1995

In this realization of your fondest childhood dreams of destruction, happy elves operate erector-set crematoriums, stuffed animals smolder on rotisseries, and the funny little Jack-in-the-box spews fire.

Twenty Foot Man

by: John Henault and Josh Mong
year: 1996

This musical giant plays the various instruments of which he is made.

Water Woman

by: Ray Cirino
year: 1996

Find her at Stonehenge and bathe between her legs.

Water Woman

by: Ray Cirino
year: 1995

A tall wooden female figure is the source of a shower, which sprays from between her legs.

Waterway for the Black Rock

by: Gregg Schlanger
year: 1993

This water installation was inspired by nearby gold-mining sluice works. Water is routed through troughs, slat walkways, and other wooden structures.

Wicker People

by: Serena de la Hey
year: 1992

Three haunting figures dance across the playa, made by a wicker artist from Somerset, England. Serena was given a small grant from the British government to make this installation.