Mix One Part Solar With Two Parts Art...

Submitted by Charles Frost on Sun, 03/04/2007 - 16:29.

From the Burning Man activities out west a couple of years ago...



Patch of blue light in the desert at night    


Just a patch of blue lighted sand in the desert...


Closer view of blue lighted desert area


Funny looking lights, about knee high...


LED lighted dragonfly above metal lillypad   


Are the blue lights supposed to represent water?


Close up of LED dragonfly


What a wonderful LED and fiber optic lighted dragonfly


Close up of LED lilly above metal lillypad     


And a lilly in bloom, with the lilly pad below it.


LED lilly and lillypad by day, showing solar panels on lillypad


And the "man behind the curtain" is a bunch of small solar panels



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Hello Bill!,  I have wanted to do Burning Man, but not yet.  What does the desert look like when its over?  Someone scrubs it up I assume...  And on whose property is it held?   Good shots, anybody sleep there?

black rock desert

I understand its in the black rock or flat rock desert.  On public land.    I also hear this puppy has gotten pretty comercialized but every year the pix still amaze me.




My travel there was virtual :-)  Sorry about that...

Here is their website if you are interested: http://www.burningman.com/

Regarding the photos, none of them were mine.  I copied them off the web two years ago, on February 2, 2005.  I felt that I would want copies, mainly for personal education & "enlightenment", as it were.  I tried to find them again earlier today, so I could post a link to the source where I had found them, but alas, I could not find the main source. 


Just now, I tried again, and I was able to find the the first source of the photos: http://www.sunbrothers.com/portfolio/garden.htm?item=lilypad,

as well as the secondary source I used: http://www.photo-freelancer.com/events/e021031_fire_garden_halloween/garden/index001.html

Also, I did manage to track this down on the artist:

"Jeremy Lutes, of Light Fantastic, will be presenting the largest exhibit of The Lily Pond since it's debut at Burning Man 2002. A large scale immersive work, The Lily Pond makes use of ceramics, glass, and wire scultpure as well as cutting-edge electronics, in depicting a vibrant and colorful aquatic environment. Also on display will be a work-in-progress for this year's Burning Man, an illuminated ornamental piece which will be part of the Spirata Luminosa."

and: "JEREMY LUTES works with fiber optics, neon and electronics in creating interactive sculpture, illuminated costuming and large-scale site specific installations. His work is shaped by a deep appreciation for natural and organic forms, and an ever present fascination with color and light. Though technology is often the enabling element of his work, his finished pieces are rarely "technological" in nature; rather they attempt to belie more playful, magical and ethereal origins."





Who wants to put together an art ptoject for Burning Man?

When I lived in San Francisco I knew lots of burners from all over the world - I haven't been to Burning Man myself but want to go... who else is interested to put together a project for this year? NEO should sponsor this to promote our community... perhaps as part of Ingenuity outreach. Here's the info on the theme, which certainly fits well with the claimed interests of so many people here. Post or email me if this is of interest to you.



Graphic by D.A. (aka Dominic Tinio)

Peering outward from behind a mottled screen of vines and leaves, the Green Man does not speak or sleep; he waits. His meaning and his origins are largely lost to time — the Green Man wasn't named till 1939. We know, however, that this type of enigmatic figure was the work of artists, anonymous craftsman whose unsigned work adorns the crevices and walls of medieval cathedrals. This year we will appropriate the Green Man and the primeval spell he casts on our imaginations for a modern purpose. Our theme concerns humanity's relationship to nature. Do we, as conscious beings, exist outside of nature's sway, or does its force impel us and inform the central root of who and what we are?


Beginning with the advent of the modern age, we have regarded nature as a beast that we can tame. We have built levees to contain the rush of rivers and rebuff the ocean's swell; we have extracted oil from the earth to fuel the engines of our cars. We have constructed dams equipped with turbines that project electric power in a skein across the globe — our cities are cocooned in artificial light that rivals and occludes the stars. It's very easy to presume we hold the upper hand. Yet levees break, and glaciers melt. The power of the tide when roused comes up to meet us with a challenge and a message that we can't ignore.

Some say it's our chief duty to preserve the natural world intact, protected from the ways of man. This is a worthy goal. And yet, if Burning Man has taught us anything, it's that we can collaborate with nature. Only from immediate experience, not ideologies that stand outside of the created world, may we regenerate a sense of nature as it moves within us and flows through us. Quietly and patiently, the Green Man waits.


This year our art theme will express the immanence of nature in our lives in a variety of ways. The Burning Man will stand atop a structure that resembles green mountain peak. Nestled at its base, a forest will provide both shade and shelter for participants.; Artists are invited to contribute to this forest by creating simulated 'trees' fashioned from recycled industrial materials. These artificial trees will not be burned: they will survive to subdivide the blue of other skies.

Design and rendering by Rod Garrett

But we will do much more than this. In 2007, we will calculate the amount of climate changing gases that are released into the air by the construction and the burning of the Man and its pedestal. This is called a carbon footprint. Then we'll sponsor projects in the outside world that will efface this imprint. Such actions might include the planting of trees or the development of non-polluting energy resources. Having played with fire, we'll take care to cleanse its atmospheric playground.

This represents a first symbolic step aimed at redressing nature's balance. In its sum, this maiden effort may seem small. Widespread cheatgrass and sagebrush fires annually sweep the Nevada landscape, releasing far more carbon dioxide than the entire infrastructure of Black Rock City. Yet our endeavor constitutes a kind of contemplation of our place within the natural world. Thousands of Burning Man participants, who carefully inspect their campsites for any lingering trace of litter, inevitably enhance their everyday awareness of the impact of their actions on the world. It's difficult, upon returning home, to thoughtlessly discard one's refuse in the street. In this spirit, we'll encourage everyone to calculate the carbon footprint of their campsite and make efforts to redress it. To learn how you may participate, see www.burnerswithoutborders.org. For more information concerning how one can calculate a carbon footprint, see the participant-created website, www.coolingman.org.

Apart from and beyond such practical concerns, we encourage every artist to elicit nature's power from a much more personal and primal source of consciousness. Natural variation will ensure that each such vision is unique and unpredictable, producing artwork as diverse as all the different gifts that people bring to Burning Man. Hidden behind the masks of convention, there is surely a Green Woman or Green Man in every one of us.


Burning Man's participants take pride in being individuals. They strive to radically express themselves. Yet we are also interdependent members of a complex and emergent culture. Our culture has the power to extend itself and to create — sans any conscious plan — completely unanticipated forms of human connection. As creators and as members of a culture, we are each a vital part of this phenomenal process. Already, its expansion is occurring at a rate of natural increase, sprouting up in niches and environments that Burning Man's society provides around the globe. The time has come to bring the Green Man home.

As always, any work of art, regardless of our theme, is welcome at our event. If you are planning to do fire art or wish to install a work of art on the open playa, please see our Art Guidelines for more information.

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