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Burning Man Approves all 35 Effigies This Year

Thursday 04.12.2012 , Posted by
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This just in: the Burning Man leadership has approved all 35 applications for regional effigies in 2012. As a way of celebrating local communities and their efforts in supporting the Burning Man ethos and its cultural movement, the Circle of Regional Effigies (C.O.R.E.) organizes the wild art installations that will be created by Burning Man regional groups around the world.

In 2011, 22 effigies were built by representatives from communities as diverse as Hawaii, New York, Ireland, Saskatchewan and San Diego… to name just a few. The designs themselves need to be within the dimensional limits of 20 feet by 20 feet and mostly made of wood. They are all placed in a ring around the Man (rumor has it, this year will be multiple rings) and burn simultaneously on Thursday night of the week long event. Last year was the first year this happened and let’s just say you’re not going to experience anything like it anywhere else on this planet. I was personally in the center when the 22 effigies went off last year and that moment will forever be one of the most memorable of my life.

Perhaps you did not receive a ticket for this years burn, or perhaps you are a “first timer” or “newbie” who desires to participate in the community. Well, one does not necessarily need to go to Black Rock City and experience the burn to live out the community ethos that Burning Man promotes and tries to live by. Around the world there are over 100 local, loving communities of people who share meals, music and friendship together. Look up your regional group and connect with the local contacts of that area if you desire to get further connected.

C.O.R.E. projects bring people together to create beautiful art installations for all to see and participate in constructing — before it burns on an amazing starry night filled with colorful lights, rhythmic music beating, and fertile energies abounding on what is known as the Playa. Congratulations to all the CORE projects. It shall be wonderful to see all of the creativity surrounding the Man this year.

North Bay Regional Presents: Lighthouse Effigy

To find out C.O.R.E information and how to offer your support this year, below are some of the 35 approved projects’ websites. Since approval happened recently, most of the projects are getting into the planning phase and beginning to build volunteer and financial support. 35 effigies! It’s going to be epic, so if you can support one of the builds, please do so however you can.

The photo above and the first seven below were shot by Michael Holden & Extramatic


The images that follow are the designs for 2012 CORE Effigies:

CORE 2012 Projects Links:
Sacramento, San Diego, New Orleans, South Bay, East Bay, North Bay, Boston, United Kingdom, Dallas, Montreal, Portland, Seattle, Vancouver, Great Lakes, Reno, Colorado, Idaho, Nebraska, North Carolina, Los Angeles, Victoria

If you’ll be going to Burning Man this year, be sure to check out the Official Survival Guide. If you’ve burned before Welcome Home. )'(

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Shawn Saleme

Written by Shawn Saleme



Shawn Saleme is a full time writer for Visual News. Having traveled to over 50 countries, his international escapades continue to influence his writing and perspective. When not in a foreign territory, he makes his home in his native San Francisco Bay Area. Become friends with him on Facebook and invite him to share drinks and stories with you.

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