AFTERBURN REPORT 2011
Surrounding the central Man tower were four tetrahedrons. Topped with dishes that shot flames into the sky, the tetrahedrons "poofed" at random intervals throughout the event. Created by Steve Atkins and Eric Smith of Spire of Fire fame, the tetrahedrons glowed brightly against the desert sky. Also encircling the Man base were some small triangular structures. Glowing with lights and offering a space to sit while regarding the Man, these "tetralights" provided an intimate space for participants to enjoy the center of Black Rock City.
One of the most important elements of the Man base this year was a tribute to Rod Garrett, city designer and Man base visionary. Sadly Rod passed away during "build week", the week prior to the event. As a tribute to all Rod gave to making Black Rock City the beautiful, unique, inspiring city it is, Jack "Opa" Haye constructed a box that held Rod's ashes just prior to Saturday's festivities. While Rod never got a chance to see his concepts come to life during the 2011 event, we felt his spirit at the Man, and know he is always with us.
The Man Watch team continues to grow and develop. With a new manager at the helm, the team took on the task of guarding the Man and watching over activities at the Man base with enthusiasm and professionalism.
Beth Scarborough and Will Roger Peterson