Burning Man Projects

While at the art and performance event that is Burning Man, I was inspired into 3 more art projects to have completed by next year. 2 of these are now listed in the right menu on this site.

Some people reading this might already have their mind made up about Burning Man, seeing it as a naked hippy drug fest in the desert… but naked hippy drug fests do not produce and display art like this:

"Bliss Dance" Photo by Kurt Ritta "Bliss Dance" Photo by Christina Ritchie "Bliss Dance" Photo by Rich Murphy

And there were many other projects including my own piece. My Monotropolis project was simple and a direct homage to Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey from 1968.

Monotropolis at Burning Man - 8/2010I had several favorite including a piece by Syzygryd

"Syzygryd" Photo by Kristopher Hines Unknown Project Photo by Rich Murphy Shot of The Man by me

So stay tuned as I begin a rendering of my next couple large scale projects and begin my wind-up for next year’s Burning Man. I hope I find inspiration in these through the year. Only time will tell.

Art Project Update – Build

If it were not the 11th hour, then it would not be a project that is typical for this kind of situation. 6 months of planning, prep and frustration is not enough! ha ha ha…

Captain Bills Studio/Workshop

Captain Bills Studio/Workshop

Captain Bills Studio/Workshop

After a lot of ribbing based on my original diagram and my highly limited carpentry skills, the master of wood helped (helped?) build the monolith. Yes people… it is finally constructed. Now it is up to me to finish. Now it is up to me to achieve the finished product. It had to be scaled down due to the size of the materials, of which I am extremely grateful to Damian for donating.

I went to Home Depot again yesterday for supplies and yes, will be heading out again today for more. This is insane… I am insane. I had to leave it in the back of my truck last night and this time, it was not stolen. But this mo-fo is heavier than I expected!

Art Project Update – Funding

3 fund raisers later… my art project is no closer to being finished. The last, the third and final, fund raising attempt sits in my car port as a metal frame incomplete. I still have time to accomplish something and maybe in the pinch I will find the magic to finish a rendition of it.

I’m not one to give up, but I am that guy that gets inspired by the crush.

People have given me money toward the project. I very much appreciate all the kind support from my local community, but almost all of those donations were eaten up by the overhead of the 2 events. I orchestrated it well, but there was not enough people generated to make it all fiscally successful.

I found about 2 online fund-raising sources for artists and tried Kickstarter.Com but failed to communicate the scope of the project on a level people would appreciate. Seems that talking about was inspirational enough for a lot of people. For some people theywere just happy someone from the community was doing something new.

Monotropolis Art Project

As we get closer to Burning Man and my ability to finish this art project, the sculpture is getting smaller and further away. My partner on the project has been non-existent and left me pretty much on my own. I was warned to be prepared for that.

My partner on this project was the super-brain that was going to make it interactive. The plan was amazing. It can still happen, but probably not this year.

It was designed to be something special, because I was using the 2001: A space odyssey and 2010 as the inspiration because it is 2010 after all.

Well, as it turns out all my art pieces have landed in the dirt and not the playa dust which is a huge disapointment.

  1. The sticker was turned down*
  2. The WDYDWYD art piece looked like amateur crap when I finished
  3. Monotropolis was a beautiful piece that I could not get enough support on….

Sad as it is… it is what it is. I have been working in the last year to prove myself as an artist. All the people I tried proving myself too have been supportive in my local community, but I have to prove it to myself first.

*got an email from Marian Goodell from Burning Man this week who gave me a very nice compliment on my design. When her and her team reviewed the entries they were anonymous. Mine was cool… but I bet they got something awesome. I’ll see what they chose in 30…