Keeping Your Art Safe on Playa

Light Your Build Site at Night! 

There are so many participants already on playa during build week. Make your build site visible at night to prevent destruction of your art from accidental art car/bike/pedestrian collision, or injury to participants. Be particularly sure to light cables, rebar, equipment, lumber – anything that could trip someone up in the dark.

Baffle Your Box

If you’re bringing a generator to power your artwork, please bring an aesthetic “baffle box” to house it in. It doesn’t need to be fancy, just make it secure and well-lit to protect it from being run over, and to protect other people from it.

Cover Trenches

If you do any trenching for power lines, be ready to drop in the cables and cover it right away, so there are no open trenches overnight. If you can’t fill the trench before dark, please have a plan to cover or rope it off and light it for safety. 

Secure Your Build Site

High wind gusts are not uncommon on the playa. Be sure to secure all items that could turn into dangerous projectiles – like sheets of plywood – especially at night when you are not there to batten down the hatches.

Graffiti, Climbing, and Your Art

Graffiti and climbing can both be complicated when it comes to art in Black Rock City. For the Temple and certain art projects, writing on the piece is encouraged. And many art projects are built specifically to be climbed. However, for other projects, the artists do not welcome either, or both. How will participants know your intention?

In the spirit of radical self-reliance, please take some time to consider your stance about graffiti, and about climbing on your piece, and measures you might want to take to either encourage or dissuade them. Design your project as best you can to deter the types of interaction you want to prevent. Consider placing signs on your artwork. If your piece is large, it may require more than one sign to be visible to all participants choosing to interact with your piece. Make sure to secure your signs properly to withstand the weather, and to prevent people from walking away with them.