Bringing Iconic London to Burning Man 2013

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It’s less than six months until Burning Man begins, so the large scale art installations and their creators are beginning to surface, making their needs for support known. Each year, hundreds of unique art installations are displayed at Black Rock City, the temporary community of 50,000-plus people that attend Burning Man every Summer. Large, medium or small, there are all sorts of amazing art projects that are brought to the gathering each year. One large scale project titled “London BRC” is beginning its campaign for support and it looks to be an amazing project if it can be made a reality.


The En!gma Crew are from the United Kingdom and plan to bring iconic symbols of their capital city to Black Rock City. Structures such as the Parliament Building, Big Ben, Tower Bridge and the Tower of London are all planned to be built in three phases. The buildings will be big and feature 4 floors of interactive rooms, an old fashioned ale house, movie theater and a working House of Commons (where participants can debate about any topic under the sun). People can climb to the top of Tower Bridge and look out at the river of activity as they dangle their feet off. There are also plans for a dungeon, a history room and even a theatrical style brothel. And… if you are wondering if it’s going to be burned at the end, the answer is yes.

Project lead Alan McCann was biking last year in the open desert of Burning Man when he found the inspiration for the project:

I realized that all these things I experienced in my past, whether good or bad, that you cling onto constantly refer back to when you’re living your life, they don’t have to be there. You can build them, enjoy them, or hate them, and then you could destroy them, burn them and erase them off the planet completely, much like Burning Man does every single year… and the beauty of that is you always come back to a blank canvas and a blank canvas will give you the opportunity to build and create something new and beautiful all the time. I think that was the point where the inspiration hit me that I wanted to do something because it was such a huge thing for me to realize, that I wanted to express that in some way on the playa if I could.

Last year, those that attended Burning Man enjoyed the large structures of Burn Wall Street by Otto Von Danger and crew. Now it’s time to hop the pond and bring London over to Burning Man. The London BRC crew is in need of support to begin their first phase of raising $20,000 (£13,228) and begin construction of the house of commons. They are a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas which is a non-profit arts service organization helping raise funds for creative projects.

Check out their IndieGoGo page or their website for more information and learn how you can get involved with the project. If you are considering participating at Burning Man yourself for the first time, be sure to read the Survival Guide to Burning Man.

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