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Temple of Grace – Flickr group

I’ve made an attempt to gather photos of all the Burning Man temples over the years – with better success that some. This past years is doing better than most.

Temple of Grace – Burning Man 2014 – Flickr Group

These are photos submitted by the public. The rights and resolution on each photo are whatever the user submitted.

The attempt here and has been to archive photos in high-resolution.  If you have some photos of the temple or of its production, please, do a little photo editing, and  submit the best ones.

Temple of Grace Campaign by Black Rock Arts Foundation.

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This year David Best and the Temple Crew return to the playa to build the Temple of Grace.  If you have a few extra bucks, please show some love by sending them some.

I’ve worked on Petaluma aka David Best crew on four different temples. They’ve set the standard for pulling off big art. The process is as important, if not more, than the results. We aren’t making blinky tall things to burn.  We are giving birth to a healing being from another dimension.  In the end, we throw our tools in the truck and get out the way.  The community comes in and breathes life into it.

Circumstances being what they are, I may or not, be able to join this years crew.  If you make it to the desert, bring something to the temple that you can share and let go of.  A photo, toy, poem. There’s no better place to let that happen.

 

Get ‘Er Done

IMG_0003 (1)Back from a two week vacation in the desert. I provided guerrilla art support for a number of projects at The Burning Man festival. What does that mean? About 10 days of driving around loaning out tools, jump starting dead vehicles, getting broken equipment fixed, getting crew members moved off of their work site and into their new camp sites just prior to opening night, bringing volunteers out to projects much in need of bodies – in short – getting-it-done. I had a lot of fun riding in and saving the day.

This is my first year in a long time of not being on an art project and of having my own 4 wheel vehicle. I bought this chopped Dodge RAM cargo van on craigslist a week before coming out and it became my rolling office.

If you saw a blue truck rolling around out there doing the same thing, that was my buddy Stephen from the Temple Crew doing the same thing. We didn’t plan that. Being a couple event OGs saw a need and we jumped in.

Artist at Burning Man are on their own in terms of gear, food, supplies, camp  infrastructure, etc. There are too many projects for it to be otherwise. However, as the event evolves, more and more artist from around the world who have no experience with this wasteland called the Black Rock desert – one of the most inhospitable places on the planet – are coming out and trying to make a go at.  Which provides those of us who have more experience out there, and have the personal connections, to do what we can to keep things moving…. to Get It Done.

I would encourage every participant at Burning Man to look around. Find an art project that is not done. Schlep a bag of ice out to he crew… or some viddles. One crew I spent a lot of time with was eating granola and drinking hot Gatorade for serval days.  If someone had shown up with 6 cheeseburgers and cups of coffee on Tuesday night, they might have mustered the strength to finish up sooner.  Sometimes a crew just needs bodies to throw stuff on a truck. Jump in!  It’s a great way to meet new friends.

 

My Other Card

CautionMike_Card - Safety FirstEvery year at Burning Man I meat a few people that I want to keep in touch with. So this year I made cards with my name, my picture, my art project, and my phone number. If we spoke for more than a minute, you got a card. I kind of over did it. I made 500 cards. Only 480 left to go. I thought of mooping the playa with the remainder just to see what sort of calls I might get…. but common sense won out.

If you are the lucky enough to possess one of these, you may turn it in for services. Ex: dipose of a body, bail out of jail, borrow money or wheels. (Each card is only good once.)

The photo on the other side (click to see) is by Mark Garlington who shoots a lot of the DPW (You built this city! It’s your fault!)

Burninator Grid

Burninator Grid
I was a crew member on the Burninator Grid project at Burning Man 2009.  This was the 3rd incarnation of the Burninator – a creation of Bill Codding. Essentially it was a field of 16 large fire cannons 20 meters apart that were triggered by a computer sequencer.

The Burninator had some unique safety features, including a solenoid fuel shut-off valve and bullet spliced wiring… so that any sort of mishaps, such as an art car backing into a tank, would immediately shut down the whole system.

The effect  was a very loud, hot and intense experience. At more or less two hours past dark each night, we lit up our pilot lights and waited for an unsuspecting person to wonder into the grid. At which point we’d fire all the cannons and watch the person jump out of the skin. Of course the lucky winner got to climb the 4 foot platform in the center, select a sequence, and trigger the fire cannons.

We were happy to get many people up on stage to trigger the big booms: friends, kids, Burning Man staff, EMS workers, cops, people with big stupid grins on the faces, as well as a long line of dudes asking ‘how does it work?… how much pressure in the tanks? how big are the valves? etc.”   To which my response was, ‘less talk, more rock.  Push the button and make the crowd happy.”