2018 Art Installations

All artworks in these listings will be presented by these artists on the open playa in Black Rock City. Honoraria Art H has been awarded a grant by Burning Man Project. Registered Art includes all other projects that have registered for placement on the open playa in BRC. You can learn more about the BRC Art program here.

2018 Art Search for "cars"

Artifactual Intelligence

by: Timeless and the Guardians
from: Carson City, NV
year: 2018

A trail of wooden sculptures range from large to huge, all leading toward The Temple. A numbered posting at each describes the evolution of “Fire Inside”, about the art form born on-playa a decade past, born from arson on Liberty itself, now playa folklore … about how these enigmatic, backward fires now produce massive playa artifacts, the only known to survive their own burn… How the burning style, a whisper of the playa itself has become powerful ritual that transforms earth, wind, fire and water into enduring talismen charged with their own mission of liberation and renewal. But can such artifacts guard and guide us to a positive AI singularity? Learn why they can and how they will — with Artifactual Intelligence…


by: Lawrence Grown, Embrio LLC, a collaborative crew of multi-talented makers
from: Berkeley, California
year: 2018

The Chilopod [ky-lo-pod] is an interactive insect-like structure, an example of a “building-as-living-organism.”

Daytime: Participants can climb the spine ladder, and slide down to the tail. An internal soundscape conveys breathing, and whale-like song. The Chilopod responds to human speech with its other-worldly insect-like voice.

Nighttime: Exterior lights evoke a living skin. When the Chilopod hears music from nearby art cars, its lights morph and pulse to the beat, like a chameleon floating through a sea of sound. Participants can touch node points to immediately change the lighting patterns, and explore further interaction. Inside the legs appear as ribs, and the lights convey the inner workings of the organism’s heartbeat and breathing.

Long View, a polar bear stands in the desert

by: Don Kennell and Arctic Burn 505
from: Santa Fe, NM
year: 2018

A 34 foot polar bear made from white car hoods looks across the boundless vista of Black Rock City. The polar bear is an unlikely visitor to the Playa made from materials transformed from another time and place. Manifesting forces of climate change, she is searching for allies. Taking the “Long View” is crucial to survival. Combining content and joy, we ask the viewer to develop a relationship with the animal. Polar bears help humans imagine a faraway place, a place most will never visit. They are uniquely positioned as ambassadors to bring the arctic into human awareness. Animals disappear to make room for our cars. Turning wrecked cars into monumental animals visually reverses this process and impacts the consciousness of the viewer.

Night at the Climb In

by: Dustin Weatherford
from: Reno, NV
year: 2018

Night at the Climb In will be a 70 foot tall stack of reclaimed junkyard cars, stacked straight up, one on top of the next. Every car will be climbable, visitable, interactive in its own way. The stack will end in a crows nest that sits at the top of the structure, just under a large spinning lit up sign.

Sonic Runway

by: Lead Artist: Rob Jensen, Co-Lead: Warren Trezevant
from: Oakland, CA
year: 2018

The Sonic Runway is a 1000 ft corridor of lights that visualizes the speed of sound. Participants, especially sound art cars, are encouraged to play music or make other sounds at one end. This triggers colorful patterns of light that ripple down the corridor. Participants at the far end of the runway will see the sound coming at them before they hear it. No matter where you stand, the lights and the sound will be in sync.

Stair Ramps to Heaven

by: Your Name Here
from: Livermore, CA
year: 2018

The StairRamp to Heaven project is for benefit of the mobility challenged. It is a series of ramps placed throughout the playa. They allow access to art cars for people in Wheelchairs, on crutches, the elderly, pregnant, etc.

Stair Ramps to Heaven- Temple Location

by: Alicia Engman
from: Denver, CO
year: 2018

The Temple ramp is a one of five “StairRamps to Heaven” installations. Allowing the mobility challenged to access art cars as well as enjoy a bird’s eye view of the Temple, this 20′ ramp is located at the Temple Art Car Bus Stop. Who uses it? Everyone from the wheelchair bound, to crutches, walkers, scooters, pregnant, elderly, and more.