My first Burn will forever be a part of me. The art installation you're looking at, Embrace, will forever be etched in my mind.
A staggering 72 foot tall art installation, lovingly erected in the pale and lifeless Black Rock Desert, Nevada. Both figures were made almost entirely of wood, even the heart chandelier hung in the Alphas chest beat with wooden gears, ex-pan-ding. con-tract-ing. ex-pan-ding. con-tract-ing. Pictures streaming from ribbons hung from the heart chandelier in one body, scrolling "I love yous" and "You are missed" across the photographs back: a Suicide Memorial, seemingly so alive in such a ghostly desert.
Droplets trickled to my chin as my fur boots ascended softly on the stair, furling dust puffing it's narrow escape from between sole and wood.
My climb encountered a waiting crowd, all eager to see the beauty we knew had to ensue in the head of the figure. A deep breath warmly brushes past the tip of my cold nose, sit bones to floor, my spine longed for the support of a firm back rest, and I was off!
Tumbling backwards, confusion gripping limbs and mind, I had found a hidden trapdoor. My immediate glee swelled to consume me, how whimsical. Never in my adulthood had I felt like such a child. Lingering empathy carried with me from first floor mixed and melded and swirled with this new piqued curiosity. A gleam shone bright from my eyes. Playfully my body searched the secret passage, eager and then satiated at every twist, turn, high step and belly crawl.
Emergence upon the elegance the artist had painted the skull was beyond breathtaking. I had found a shortcut past the crowd and directly to the heavens. Clouds layerd with faces, abstract and more all adorned the craniums interior. As my eyes feasted, I remorsed in the knowledge that I'd need the whole week to see all that was to be seen. I took a long final glance out the window, the heads eye. Taking in the vast richness that Burning Man contains I attempted to reflect... but came up mentally speechless. Overwhelmed, perhaps.
I just couldn't believe the city in the desert.
#powerful #impact #ingrained #love #special )'(
THE MAN BURNS IN 19 DAYS!