AFTERBURN REPORT 2002
In 2002, we received advance registration materials for 90 art installations, and 60 of those actually showed up and were placed on the playa or along the Esplanade. Another 60 "walk-ins" or unregistered projects, were checked into the Artery and received placement. We map art installations in order to provide adequate space around them and to avoid sound and light interference from other installations. The Artery is our headquarters in Center Camp where Art Team volunteers manage art registration and placement.
The playa featured many works of art that were unrelated to our annual theme, the Floating World. The list included a walk-in beehive, a picket fence of interactive fluorescent tubes, a translucent structure in which 50-foot vortexes of flame were created, a gyroscope programmed with colored light, 300 painted Barbie dolls on the march, a labyrinth of lost shoes, a skydivers' landing area in the shape of the Burning Man, a Lilliputian Chinese city in red and a steam-powered musical sculpture made of whistles.
The 2002 Playa Art listings provide information about selection of this year's playa art.
Cleaning up one's art installation is just as important to the community as creating the art, if not more. Everyone in Black Rock City shares the responsibility to make it disappear. Most participants do make their art disappear themselves. Burn scars where again reduced to fewer than ten, with very little deep scarring.
The Art Team begins a dialog with each participant who registers art about their clean-up plan. This process attempts to pull as much information as possible about the art and its impact on the playa. The Art Team always hopes that the information communicated is true and that the participant will follow through to clean up and Leave No Trace.
All the Art Team can do is keep stressing the importance of taking responsibility for cleaning up art as part of the excitement of creating it.
LadyBee, Larry Harvey and Crimson Rose