Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Friday, June 2, 2017


Found randomly, this exceptional land installation by Jim Denevan in 2009
check it out with more details

Back to normal on June 15

video by Joe Childs

On May 30, this was the state of the playa

Check out the video by Joe Childs

And if you can make it by end of August you must watch this video made by D.A., head of the Restoration Team, the guys who should not have to clean up your mess after the event.

did you get it?

A must-read for leaving a pristine playa in September.
The header photo is by John Curley.
The background is Old Razorback Mountain 5,600ft/1706m

There is no Plan B, there is no Planet B

Saturday, November 12, 2016

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A limited amount of books is now available in Europe

Welcome back 2016

Octavius by Peter Hazel

Greetings by Julia Nelson-Gal

Dwayne of the Temple crew camp 

The Space Whale by the Pier Group 
with Matthew Schultz, Android Jones and Andy Tibbetts 

Electric Renaissance by Heliotropics

Mechan 9 by Tyler Fuqua

The 747 Project by Big Imagination

Mutants line at DMV

Metal Pods of Black Rock Observatory

In the Mindfield looking at the Selenite Range

Oh well!

Chillin' at the Root Society

Burning Man Da Vinci's Workshop 2016

The Temple by David Best and Crew

The Black Rock Lighthouse Service by Jonny and Max Poynton

The Man

The Kazbah 

Home by Laura Kimpton and Jeff Schomberg

Hydrate with feelings at the Aqua Zone

2016 Table of contents

2 pages/275 images     At the bottom of each column click older posts to access the next page

Page 1  Slo-mo Intro/The Golden Rebars Awards
  Camping in Style or not
Page 2  Participants/Installations/Abstract/Me and my camp

you will find links going back as far as 1996

Black Rock City, NV  The New Ephemeral Architecture of Burning Man

5 years in the making with foreword by Zahid Sardar and essays by Burning Man co-founder Harley K. Dubois, Fred Bernstein architecture critic and AIASF architect Glenn Lym,
this 144 pages hardcover book with a bright orange cloth bookmark
is the sequel of the now sold out
first book covering the early years of Black Rock.  

With 200 new images taken from 2011 to 2015, the book explores the camps and the villages shaping the city while
offering a broad vision of the multiples solutions
to camp in style or not in the 21st century.

Only available online at my page

For personal change in my life, the sale of the book ends late 2017.

Two stores in San Francisco carry it, sporadically,  Distraction and Zinc Details.

In Paris (France), the bookstore at this address will carry it in April.

(I am green)


Disclaimer for the 12 readers and counting of this blog: given the ever-changing weather pattern combined to the ebb and flow of participants, it is impossible to see the entirety of shelters and dwellings, visit all the camps and villages that dot the city. I spared no effort to explore all the streets back and forth from 2:00 to 10:00, A to L, for two weeks documenting this 
urban phenomenon. 

If you have any precision to add, calmly contact me: brc(at)

The Soundscape Golden Rebar

In 2016, indisputably, The Mayan Warrior mutant vehicle could not be missed thanks to a lasers display that rivals any stadium bands, a beyond believes 70,000 watt sound system to dance to talented and daring DJ's like Jennifer Cardini among an impressive list of artists.
Its sound signature brings the promises of tension and rhythm.
The Man's burn and post-burn sets were just phenomenal.

Golden Rebar for Design

The Origami Pod designed by Joerg Student 
and made of 1 sheet of folded corrugated 
polypropylene with bamboo sticks, works
 like a charm for several years on the playa.

It was the camp of The Shrumen Lumen installation

The intricate oculus of the origami pod

Structural Golden Rebar

Marshal, camp designer of Wrongtown wanted a beacon
 to help fellow campers find their way home at night.
The mast equipped with programmable LED's 
has "branches" that with wires support a 60' diameter octagonal canopy. 

This simple and elegant solution is quite easy to put in place.

Detail of the branches

Tiny House Golden Rebar

Several years ago, Thomas Kwaske, a contractor by trade, 
built a three story Pagoda, featured in one of the first entries of this blog.
Helped by his wife, it took him two days to build
 the plywood panels Love Shack II, with a bed, a kitchen sink
 and lighting provided by photovoltaic panels on the roof.

On the wall the power inverter surrounded by a hat collection

Did I mentioned the private dry toilet?

 Golden Rebar for keeping up the spirit

goes to "The Cabana on the playa"
at Camp Crooked

A dozen of corrugated metal sidings, 2x4's, 4x4's and shade cloths
 can bring you a Golden Rebar

How to transform a drab container into an art piece
Golden Rebar

"Community Case" by Michael P. Murnane a.k.a. Chime 
for Camp Dang Gang Imperial Cruiser 

Golden Rebar for American Dream Camp

White picket fences, Astroturf, stars and stripes flags, 
here we go for the solo

Cute as a Cube Golden Rebar

Defying the laws of aerodynamics and cuteness, 
this camp held strong and did not budge during the few dust storms cheering up life in the burb.
Built in a couple of hours by Paige and Adrian.

The frame is made of 2x4's and 4x4's connected by nuts and bolts 
for a fast set up and strike.

The friendliest Hexayurt Golden Rebar

The Yurticorn 

Inside the Yurticorn lounge at the Unicorner

Golden Rebar for the Zendo

A place for psychedelic harm reduction, the Zendo is a safe place for anyone having a challenging experience and a landmark for many years.
Designed by Paul Discoe, the Zendo is made of 
5000 pounds of recycled cardboard. 
The circular chamber with its large oculus welcomes 30 people at a time.

Feeling safe and protected inside the Zendo

The "I cannot believe it" Golden Rebar

The Tower of Slackjaw a.k.a The Sputnik, a well known landmark at 3:00@K,  is single-handedly built in one week by Stephen Nicholas.

Three geodesic domes on top of each other. Only at Black Rock!

Golden Rebar for Upcycling

Camp Monkey Love, a sound camp, repurposed several shipping containers in chilling lounges.
The sides open up to serve as a sturdy dance floor while
 the centre offers decent shade.
 These containers are the building blocks of a reusable 
and scalable shade structure. 

Container lounges, the banana tree and dance floor of Camp Monkey Love

The portal of Camp Monkey Love

Golden Rebar for Camp with a Purpose

Part of the mile long line (9000 people really?) to enter Camp Refoamation
The Phrygians will make you go through "training" 
to get to the Foam experience.
The golden shovel on the left represent regenerative agriculture as a long term solution for healthy food and fight climate change

The Tree of Life made of recycled paper with wheat paste

The dining area facing the foam stall

The kitchen 

The foam experience was one of the best surprise I had on the playa. 
After a week in the desert I felt rejuvenated and delighted to meet such a purposefully organised camp with outstanding participants.

Golden Rebar for New Shelter

Designed by Sean Taylor, "The Gitana" with its hinged plywood panels
flat packs in a 6" stack.
 An easily assembled metal frame supports the roof made of two layers of canvas that with the help of an A/C system keeps the shelter cool. 
40 of them were installed in few days by a strong crew at Camp Gitane
(see a the bottom of the page)

Inside a Gitana

The New Tent Golden Rebar

These pyramidal structures were part of The Mayan Warrior (this year buzz word) camp.
This picture doesn't do justice to the engineering involved in the design of these easy to set up tipi-like tents: folding carbon fiber poles with a water proof and breathable fabric.
Called Buffalo Tent, two models are available, at a price. 
Because it's a week-long event, we prefer the XL model with an standing hight entrance.


Radiance Dome by Light at Play 5 V Dome 2016
Watch it at night 

Cleu Camp detail of Starman dome 

The Outpost Camp

Hammock Hangout Camp with folded parachutes

The Hammock Hangout camp with Spike the Big Red Dragon

Sugar Bitches Camp

Star Star Roadhouse Camp

The Hangry Bishop Camp

Dome with parachute

Conduit Frame Structure EMT

Harmonic Convergence Camp

Camp Sakenoma

Camp Questionable Behavior

Camp Perky Parts

Delicioso and Creperie Camp

Camp with portal
Portal is very important to define a camp space

Hellfire Society Camp
The name is a misnomer, nice guys 

Magic Lantern Society camp with Lotus Belle tent

Sharkeys bar and camp

Barechested Baristas Camp

Eggs Camp 

The post office

Playa Penthouse

Playa Info 2016

BRC Boardwalk
full of subtle innuendos

The Pink Womb

Sextant Camp and Vunderbar by Torrey Sarge Smith,
an envelop pusher, the core spirit of BRC.
Featured in the book

Automatic Subconscious Camp catenary dome

Automatic Subconscious Camp catenary dome Oculus

Shade Cloth from above

Shade Cloth with KD Kanopy


View from Panorama Camp 

3:00@K corner with Mactropolis Bar

Camp Frosty a.k.a Captain Dan's camp
Super sweet people. On top of the tower is a revolving love pod.
The camp structure is custom made in Aluminum by Captive Spark

Detail of Aluminum structure of Camp Frosty

Camp Burning Dog

Playadomes of Camp Burning Dog 

Inside a 30ft Playadome 

Starstage canopies with bell tents at Camp Destiny of Fire

Portable Office Buildings

Painted RV 
This one is not a plug and play.
Love it

Ready for the day after

Sail boat "Double Bed" Camp 

Hardlys Camp 

Hardly's camp with Armadillo mutant vehicle 

Camp Rat Trap

Camp Pink Spot 

7 Sins Lounge 

Camp Kiss My Ass 

Camp Cum inside with Delta Canopy

Camp Uranus

Camp Pathogen Trackers kitchen and shower trucks 
The Mutant Recovery Vehicles created some controversy while travelling to the city

Camp Pathogen Trackers with HDT Airbeam shelters
The layout of the camp was well prepared.

Inside an Airbeam shelter at Camp Pathogen Trackers

Giant Monkey Hut ribs and spine

The Two Lanterns Wedding Chapel 

Math Camp 

Camp Question Mark

Camp Playground 

Camp White Ocean dance floor

Prescient sign near White Ocean Camp

The Ashram Galactica 

Guestrooms of the Ashram Galactica Hotel 

The Saunadome inflatable dome
They came from Northern Europe, I don't remember exactly,.
Look at the containers, this is logistic.
The dome with inflatable beams is the Mavericks tent from Heimplanet

Inside the Saunadome 

Red Lightning Camp 2016 Portal

Red Lightning Camp 2016

Red Caïdal Tent with one single central mast

Red Lotus Belle Tent
The Queen of Glamping

Root Society Cocktail Lounge dome 2016

The Purple Paradise Pod at Root Society Camp

Inside the Purple Paradise Pod at Root Society Camp
Cool dudes

Tipis at Root Society Camp

Dome and Tipi

Pink Heart camp shade stucture on playa 2016

Dessert Dwellers Camp 2016

Playa Waste Raiders Camp

Campo Misterioso 

Cereal Thrillers Camp

Camp Reno Nation 

Camp Renarnia 

Camp Renarnia inside

Camp Refoamation stretch fabric shelter

Camp Radical Shelf Reliance 

The Palace Camp

Inside the Palace Camp

Everywhere Burning Man 2016
Variation on a classic DPW shade structure. 
White poles and beams with a white ground cover to minimise the dust stamping make a very inviting place. The white fabric for ceiling did not abate heat as expected.

EMT frame

Classic DPW Structure

Camp Bedouins from New York, super nice fellows

Here we go again
Plug and Play RVs


Dust proofed RV

Bus with shade tarp

Vintage Chinook RV
we want to see more of those


A rare Bill Moss Optimum 350 tent at the AEZ Village

Shiftpod in the Mindfield

Kodiak and Shiftpod tents in the Mindfield
Old school versus Nu Skool

The Shiftpods were everywhere. 
This is a big success for a tent designed by Christian Weber long time burner
Here at Camp Eastern Light, first timers from China


Clam Six Pack tent, normally a shelter for ice fishing, it does not have a ground tarp and reflective fabric, offers a less expensive option to the desert tailored Shiftpod.

The Siesta4 by Outback Logic is a new tent created by festivalgoers who wanted to create a tent where it would possible to sleep in all day long even under the heat of the desert.
The creators developed their own reflective fabric and added fans to make the tent extra cool.
They were successful in their Indiegogo campaign as it was visible by the sheer number of these tents on the playa.
We just wish that one day they will do standing height models.

Classic Stretch Hexayurts with lag screw anchors

Space Camp
The biggest Hexa(?)Yurt on Earth?

3V dome with thermal fabric

No Talk Burning Man Dome

Sound Camp Dome at 10:00 along Esplanade

Looking at the Christina 

Sunset from Camp Trifucta
They were playing  the Pachanga Boys "Time", the iconic Robot Heart track
gave me instant goosebumps

The usual dust storm, we all come for that

Gigsville Village

Gigsville communal stove, pizza oven and fire pit 

Pancakes at Gigsville's car recycled in stove and oven

Dinner Time at The Lost Hotel
They offered me a seat, I was famished, my first real meal in 12 days, thank you Scott

Lost Hotel Camp

The Lost Hotel frame

The Lost Hotel Inner Courtyard 

The Grey Water Bladder of the Lost Hotel camp after ten days

Camp Trifucta at Sunset

Living high

The Mansonian Institute

Disco Knights 
The secret spot, don't go there early morning

Carport expo

Camp Naked Zebra 

Camp at 2:30@K

Rampart crew camp
Western Shelters

Thumper Camp 

Camp "Voted Best Camp"
Who voted?

Camp Conduit Redux by Bill
You cracked me up Bill

Camp Conduit Redux handmade by Bill.
The double layer of Aluminet brings a real heat reduction 

La Calaca camp and Pinata's Revenge Camp with Axolotl!
Mutant vehicle designed by Elias Cattan

Wood frame with fabric


Camp Cool Neighbours with a Van Brink/Lerner Geometry Dome

inside a geometry dome

Camp Gitane at Rush Hour to listen to a terrific DJ

Camp Gitane Lobby 2016

Superb Carmen painting by Barbara Weber in Camp Gitane lobby

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