Burning Man 2005 Small PAGE 3 of 4

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(9/1/05 - 9/4/05)

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Continued from the previous small page 2, this is "SMALL PAGE 3".

Below is a picture of an art car about Star Wars.  Notice the guys all dressed up with light sabers on it, very funny.


Another Star Wars art car.  If you look closely (click on the photo below) see the little kid dressed up like a Jedi, I think he's supposed to be Yoda.


Random art car.


Sort of tree looking art exhibit.  Don't really know what it does.  Must light up at night?


This big structure could be climbed up inside (see all the people on the top).


Random temple kind of thing.


There were a bunch of people out on the playa with these wind surfer on wheels rigs.


Out on the playa during the day I saw this life-size chess set.  Use your horizontal scrollbar to see the whole panorama.  At night this kind of sculpture is on fire or spitting flame.


Random playa art, probably lights up at night.  Wire horses.


That's a black crow hanging in a box.  Not sure what the point here is, this was *WAAAY* out in the playa.


As two people see saw on this device it moves across the desert. 


Grass hut art car.


Big 6 foot tall boots with an inscription.  At night this had a pretty simple light shining on it.


The inscription at the bottom of the boots says: "My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings, Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair."  This explains the piece of art.  The inscription is from a famous poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley written in 1817.  Ozymandias refers to Ramesses the Great (Ramesses II), here is that poem:

"I met a traveller from an antique land
Who said: Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And Wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
The hand that mocked them, and the heart that fed:
And on the pedestal these words appear: "My name is Ozymandias, 
     king of kings: Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing besides remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away."  --
1817, Percy Bysshe Shelly.

The double meaning of the poem is that when Ozymandias built the great works it would have impressed anybody, no matter "how mighty" and made them despair at how they will never achieve as much.  And now, centuries later, anybody who thinks they are mighty and their legacy will last "despairs" as they see how even the great Ozymandias's works fall down and decay.  His inscription has an unintended message for an unintended audience centuries after he wrote it.

Here is a close up of the base of this piece of art.


Picture of a trampoline (my sister-in-law Ramey remembers these).  Use your horizontal scrollbar to see the whole panorama.  On the right is a lifeguard tower.


This guy had sort of big roller skates and this big airfoil/kite/parachute dragging him across the desert at a HIGH rate of speed.


Completely random camp inside Black Rock City with a big smiley face on it.


I climbed up on one of the tall 3 story platforms that somebody built and took this panorama of the whole Black Rock City camp.   Use your horizontal scrollbar to see the whole panorama.  It was kind of funny, nobody stopped me from climbing up on their platform, and it was kind of rickety.


This is an industrial size cherry picker dressed up as a flower.  At night, the owner would give "rides" to people and take them really high up so they could see out over the playa.  It drives around.


Below is a guy with blue skin.  The funny thing is that he actually fits in pretty well at Burning Man, he hardly turned any heads.


Party bus art car.  At night this kind of thing was blaring music, roaming around, then stopping and letting some people off and others on the bus.  Sort of a roving dance party.  Notice the "slide" on the lower left if somebody wants to disembark.


An approved "fire barrel" to burn anything you like.


This was an art car or project of some kind.  They guy was loading it up with kindling wood.


"Barbie Death Camp", found inside Black Rock City, Burning Man, 2005.  Random camp.  Use your horizontal scrollbar to see the whole panorama.  This thing was NUTTY, I'll let you decide if it makes any sense to you.


The sign outside of Barbie Death Camp reads: "The Mattel Co. & Auschwitz Inc. 'Purveyors of Fine Lampshades and Soap Products Since 1939' Presents Barbie Death Camp & Wine Bistro, Arbeit Macht Plastique Frei".  The last German phrase is a play on the notorious WWII sign outside of some German concentration camps "Arbeit Macht Frei" which means "Work makes you free".  Click here to see a photo I took of the front gate at Dachau Concentration Camp in Germany in 2004 which shows ironwork with this phrase embedded.


A closeup of the Barbie collection.


The Barbie Deathcamp had their own small art car shown here.


Radio station "Radio Free Burning Man 99.5 FM".




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