2018 Art Search for "cars"
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…
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
The Ruby Stage
The Virus’ have landed! Technology has taken over Black Rock City. Wifi is infiltrating our community, the art cars get bigger and louder every year as their “decommidified” budgets balloon, and even our beloved theme has been appropriated by tech…the Virus’ have one mission: destroy Luna Flora, an art piece that represents the possibility that people might actually find a comfortable space in which to connect with one another.
Fortunately for us, the Virus’ have one weakness: performance art. They love the stuff. They have landed dangerously close to The Ruby Stage, the one place that might save us all with it’s presence. Can the citizens of Black Rock City perform well enough and for long enough to keep the Virus’ attention away from Luna? We’ll just have to wait and see….