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Creating art at Burning Man is not limited to those who carry the label "artist." Every participant at Burning Man can create art, from the simplest candle to a large-scale monument.

Long before participants arrive on the playa ready to finish or erect their artwork, they complete some preparations. We ask that they read and understand the Art Guidelines, then fill out the Questionnaire and Registration Form and submit a diagram. The submissions lead to a dialogue between the participant and the Art Team. This communication is paramount to ensure effective support for the project. It is not about stopping anyone from creating art at Burning Man, but rather the Art Team is here to help facilitate the process and smooth the transition from pre-mapping the artwork all the way to the playa.

Participants who register are allotted spots on the pre-playa Art Plan, but this only establishes a point of reference. Once the participant arrives on the playa, the placement team fine-tunes the layout.

Further information gathering is needed for any project dealing with fire, flame effects, or pyrotechnics. These pieces are especially serious because they can have dangerous or hazardous effects, as a result, increased responsibility comes with creating this kind of art. The Performance Safety Team has for some time granted special laminates to those who have fulfilled the requirements for creating safe fire art. In 2002, more laminates were granted to those creating flame effects than ever before. Propane art was the fire art of choice, whether it was stationary art, attachments to art cars, or personal recreational flame-throwers.

The playa must be protected where any art installation will be consumed with flame. An understanding of techniques for playa protection and burn scar prevention is mandatory. In 2002, burn scars where again reduced to fewer than 10, with very little deep scaring. Those wanting to play with more serious fire art techniques, such as pyrotechnics or flame effects, are able to create dangerous art safely by following special requirements. Because of the proliferation of flame-effects art in 2002, the Burning Man web site will be updated to accommodate this trend for 2003. More detailed questions will asked of participants who want to work in this area.

Submitted by,
LadyBee, Larry Harvey and Crimson Rose

Click here to read the 2001 Art Placement Submission report.