2003 Black Rock City Art Installations Archive
Arc of Reflection
A 20′ tall arc of mirrors appears as a shimmering waterfall of light.
A five by five foot structure contains six speakers that turn on and off successively in a counter-clockwise direction.
Each side of this interactive dollar sign sculpture presents a different aspect of the expressions of money.
Bee on the Leaf
Two chairs, thirty feet apart, face a framed vine leaf on which a bee rests.
Numerous ceramic bells of varying shapes and sizes will hang from a wooden tree-like structure, and will produce an ever-changing unified song. Participants can put their names on their bell of choice and take it away on Sunday.
A kinesthetic public instrument sited in Arctica uses pressure sensors and giant inflated balls to create bounce-driven music and lights. Boing learns your rhythm and responds to your every move when you are on the ball.
Celebration of Agni
A 3000′ outline figure of the man is made of trays filled with a combustible mixture that burns for twenty minutes. It will be photographed and videotaped from the air by camera carrying skydivers.
This winged silver female figure reaches up to the heavens.
Arranged in sets or small groups suggesting psychological relationships, these chairs offer a place to sit and ponder their meaning.
Chamber of Her Brightest Secrets
An inflatable structure surrounded by scaffolding is used as reflector for the strobe lights inside. Their frequency is defined by motion sensors that record the activity inside the Chamber. Video cameras record images inside the Chamber and send the signal to Reorient’s video matrix. The result is projected onto Reorient’s dome.
A ball of fire floats, swoops and spirals through the playa night. It’s the Chaotick, a flaming tetherball inspired by an antique clock escapement.
Cluster Bombs on the Black Rock Desert
808 ceramic cups are placed in a grid defining the footprint of four CBU-87 cluster bombs (200m x 1600m). Four is the number of cluster bombs that one A10 attack plane can carry. The artist wants to share the unreal experience of serving in the US military, being aware of the destruction of which America is capable, and then coming home to a country that is totally removed from that reality.
A twelve foot tall steel figure with movable head and arm functions like a weathervane and reacts to cosmic activities.
Inside a 10′ long croissant is an intricately sculpted alien city made of plaster, with lights and sound. The Croissant is victory over the forces of evil. We are tiny but powerful – come and visit us in the mothership.
A life sized female nude atop a pyramid swings a lamp and dances.
The Desert Flower is a memorial to a friend named Court Demas. Twenty feet high and twenty feet across, its petals radiate out from a long wooden stamen protruding from the center.
Dragons of Eden
This fanciful dragon has multiple stainless steel heads which form a 16′ diameter circle around its body. The heads sing, chomp and breathe fire to dragon music.
Out in the deep playa a working drinking fountain awaits the traveller.
The heart of El Diablo is a jet engine from a French military fighter jet, circa 1964, mounted on a boat trailer with outriggers. As the engine roars, colored flames are produced. Ear protection is provided for anyone who wants to be close to the unit while in operation.
Eight flourescent blue trees glow in this eerie blacklight forest.
ETOE Windmill for Enlightenment
A study in alternative energy, this pyramid-like windmill incorporates wind, solar, and human power to create light.
A metal arch supports a large flaming eye which sweeps the playa with its spotlight vision.
The words FEAR and LESS are drawn in ground charcoal on the playa at a scale of 1000 square feet. They are drawn in reverse one point perspective so that when seen from a viewing stand 20 yards away, they appear to float upright against the landscape.
The Fire Grid, an experiment in gestural control of flame, is an 8 by 8 foot grid of flamethrowers controlled by a computer with a pressure sensitive tablet. The grid itself is made of copper, brass, and silver pipe. The system allows you to draw in flame, and translates your touch and pressure into their equivalent in fire.
A 90,000-cubic-foot tiedyed hot-air balloon is inflated and tethered for nightglows, and flies above Black Rock City in the early morning hours whenever the winds permit.
Grandma Dorothy's Playhouse
This little white house with brown roof and green window frames honors Grandma Dorothy.
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.
These voice-reactive mandalas of light respond to your voice with intricate patterns.
Illumination Project #20
This length of painted canvas flutters above the playa surface and goes up in flames.
Talismanic poles surround a disabled car wrapped in burnt cloth and rope.
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.
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.
Meditate and Levitate Dream Catcher
An el-wire dream catcher glows in the dark playa night.
A nine foot stainless steel, copper and brass figure bends in a playful salute.
A black and white spiral is created by spinning a wooden wheel.
Phoenguin Rising From The Ashes
A 10′ wood and metal sculpture of a Penguin stands in the traditional pose of the Phoenix.
A Place to Stand
A hollow 8′ fiberglass world globe is spun by the action of participants running inside of it.
A 900 square foot pyramid made of skinned and latticed wood is enhanced by lighting and projected visuals.
Rock'Em Sock'Em Robots
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.
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.
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.
This functional sculpture is meant to be climbed into so one may experience oneself in new ways.
Stream of Subconsciousness
Ten blue worms emerge from the playa surface.
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.
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.
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.
Standing 12′ tall, he is the man of steel made from trailer park parts, and also functions as a pyrophone and a mesquite grill.
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.
Window to the Soul
“The eyes are the window to the soul.”
Year of the Snake
Two snakes hide within a 138′ long wall of polka dotted blacklight paintings.
A copper pipe, fiberglass and mosaic tile figure provides drinks to those who suckle at her breast.
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.