Burning Man [part two]

The Steampunk Octopus was, in my opinion, an iconic image of Burning Man 2011. I saw the Steampunk on many occassions all over Black Rock City. During the day, parked on the side of a street, at night, with fire streaming from its tentacles.

See the Steampunk in action at night:

Me and the Man, what more is there to say? The center of Black Rock City, I visited the Man on many occasions over the course of the week. One of my most cherished memories from the week was late one night, early in the week, with a very special person, talking, pondering and enjoying life, sitting on a bench directly underneath the neon-lit Man.

The Man, the myth, the legend. ❤

Seeing Stephanie was an unexpected surprise. You see, Stephanie was the only person, out of at least a dozen or so people I knew at Burning Man, that I knew from a past life. And when I say past life I mean pre-San Francisco. Stephanie and I went to and worked together at Michigan State. She lives in LA now and while we've stayed in touch over the years, there was something special about seeing someone out there from my Michigan past.

Derek on the playa. With the Temple in the distance, still not ready for my visit. We'll get there eventually, I promise. 🙂

When I say Burning Man is a place full of magic, this is what I'm talking about.... Real life Up.

The art and the structures built as art featured some of the most amazing detail I've ever seen. Take a closer look at this structure (which was accompanied by two others in varying sizes) and take note of the insane craftsmanship.

Subtle, but another one of my favorite pieces of art on the playa.

One of my favorite aspects of Burning Man is the use of color and the contrast with the desert. Vivid colors stood out on the playa and I took full advantage, particularly during the day with as interesting of colors as I could find to wear. No surprise that I was clearly drawn to this piece of art.

Hands down my favorite art installation was the collection of these childhood colored letter building blocks, scattered across a huge area of the playa. The blocks varied in sizes ranging from maybe 12 inch by 12 inch, raised up on polls (as you can see with the Y or yellow E), to 12 foot by 12 foot, squatting out in the middle of the desert (the green E in the picture above was enormous). The blocks were scattered all around, accompanied by 4 single seat chairs, in 4 strategically placed positions. When you sat down in a chair, the different sized blocks (staged at varied locations) would perfectly align to reveal a message...

We are (still) just getting started. Many more stories and photos to come…

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