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With 326 art installations registered by the third week in June, and with over 50 walk-ins, we had roughly 382 projects placed on the open playa this year, making for another record number of art installations in Black Rock City (up from 360 in 2012).

Burning Man continues to grow in size, and we've made the consideration of strategic growth a regular part of our Art Department planning process to ensure we're able to handle the steady (and sometimes dramatic) increase in art projects each year.

While artists experienced some delays in placement early in the event week – up to three hours in some cases – every person who dealt with the ARTery was handled with friendly professionalism. Our goal is to dramatically decrease this wait by streamlining our processes, including using technology to support our processes, making check-in and follow-ups easy and efficient for the artists so they can get what they need done in the ARTery, and then quickly get back to working on their art – where they'd prefer to be.

Art Tours
The Art Tour program continues to be very popular with participants. This program helps people who find traveling the deep playa physically challenging experience the myriad artistic offerings of Black Rock City.

Interest in the Art Tours has surpassed the number of vehicles and Tour Guides available to conduct the daily tours, so the team is taking a look at both the purpose of the tours and creative ways to satisfy the growing demand for in-depth information about the art on playa. We expect there to be more emphasis put on the self-guided tours, bike tours, and the audio art tour MP3s published prior to the event.

Man Watch
The Man Watch team did a phenomenal job protecting the Man Pavilion. The pavilion's design --– a massive, classic flying saucer with three levels connected by several stairways, and a set of exit slides to disembark --– made for a challenging job for the Man Watch Team. It was impossible to see across one of the three floors, much less across the whole structure, and the exit slides slowed down participant's leaving the structure. Despite these challenges, Man Watch rose to the occasion and had good fun interacting with participants as they explored and experienced the spaceship. Staffing was a bit light during the early part of the week, so we are going to continue to focus on targeted recruitment, bringing more staff and participants onto the team.

Submitted by,

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Click here to read the 2012 Art Process Report