Flowers are one of the most beautiful gifts from nature, but they look even more beautiful contrasted with the deep abyss of space. Japanese artist Azuma Makoto along with John Powell, of JP Aerospace, and a 10-person crew team, launched a white pine bonsai in a light metal frame as well as a bouquet 30 flower species including peace lilies, hydrangeas, and orchids into the stratosphere. These floral installations were sent into space in the dead of night at 2am from the Black Rock Desert in Nevada, which hosts Burning Man. The called their mission Exobiotanica and with 6 Go Pro video cameras and still cameras donated by Fuji Film, the team was able to capture the beautiful sight. [Read more...]
This year an estimated 61,000 humans gathered to build a utopian community in the middle of a desert for a week, leaving no trace of their transformative experience behind. Black Rock City, Nevada is a land of radical self-expression and radical self-reliance that thrives on a gift economy, where logos and monetary exchange are prohibited (ice and coffee are the only items sold). For the first time in 5 years, sadly I was not a part of the festivities, but I was there in spirit. Burning Man is an experience that stays with you wherever you are, but nothing beats a re-charging week on the Playa. With the extra-terrestrial theme Cargo Cult, Burning Man 2013′s creative community brought beautiful art structures and installations into the world, many of which were ceremoniously burned as the week went on. Although it is hard to capture the surreal experience of this magical wonderland, we searched Instagram to bring you some of the photos that best demonstrate the essence of life on the Playa. [Read more...]
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. [Read more...]