let it burn | BURNING MAN 2012

Today’s blog chronicles our last few days at this Burning Man. This week long festival is truly an unusual place. You could see that I found a zip line in the desert. It was fun but I don’t recommend it unless there is a sure way to stop (which I didn’t). Linnae and I also found the infamous Barbie Death Camp. We first stumbled upon this camp two years ago. At that time the message was to kill the stereotype of the Barbie image in our society. I like the message two years ago but wasn’t sure what to think about the new twist. This year the death camp changed a bit and there were Nazi soldiers forcing the barbies into an oven… I didn’t even want to ask.


Last week I blogged about the burning of the temple, which was more of a reverent night. The burning of the man is not so quiet, it’s more of a party and anything goes. (BTW I blogged it out of order, the man burns first on Saturday then the temple burns on Sunday). The burning of the man is a surreal experience. I think the pictures that Kevin Rolly let me use give an idea of the intensity of the fire. I can’t ever remember seeing so many fireworks at one time. Not even on the 4th of July.


After the man burns then there is an enormous party in the desert. Trying to explain the scale of this party is hard. I guess if you could envision a moveable Las Vegas in the middle of the desert than that would give you an idea. There are literally hundreds of art cars (moveable vehicles that are essentially moveable parties) in the desert that just keep going all night. We met up with one of these art cars in the desert…Disco Fish. Disco fish is put together by a friend of mine from the event industry, Geoff White.


This moveable fish is a non-stop party with an LED structure and thousands of gallons of propane. Why propane you may ask? Well that’s to fuel the flamethrower that propels from the top of the fish’s head. One of the biggest draws of the fish is the striper pole. Geoff said that they invested in a professional stripper pole and that it attracts the best dancers from all over the desert. Good call Geoff! (And yes that is Linnae out there on the pole with the top hat).


We partied with Geoff and the fish most of the night. But eventually we found ourselves on another art car. This was a triple-decker vehicle, ( I am not sure that 3rd deck as supposed to be open). But Linnae and I snuck up there any way. That’s when we got that picture of all the art cars out there in the desert. It was amazing to be up there overlooking this huge party.


Eventually we made our way home and past an empty thunder dome. Collapsing in our tent I remember thinking “what a night…. only at Burning man…right?”


PHOTOGRAPHY: Jonathan & Linnae Asiel (using the iPhone app “Hipstamatic”)
LAST 3 PHOTOS : Kevin Rolly

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