Asking my late uncle to bless The Big Puritan
Dave kisses The Big Puritan goodbye.
After driving all night from LA, we met the 18 wheeler on the playa for the unloading.
3 Ms are better than 1?
Forklift deploys the container.
The Big Puritan looks like a dead body atop the trailer.
Massive atop the Massive Container
White Trash camp, or our performance art piece on the American Dream theme - "Too Much Stuff"
Friday before the event, when the playa was still pretty empty.
The Big M proved quite functional - check out the sink and the motion sensor lights.
Booths fell off the truck en route to deep playa.
Teepees at sunset
I'm exhausted and Cheeky looks like an apparition.
First of many great sunsets
Temple still under construction. Windstorms delayed things.
Dust storm coming our way.
Dust storm circling our art installation, The Mayflower.
Bill tries to set up The Mayflower in a dust storm.
Strange dildo collection, with Atreyu's fur mitten.
Dildo taco truck
Center Camp entertainment
The Mayflower lives!
4 booths - 2 face sunset, 2 face sunrise
The Freedom Tower
Home Sweet Hexayurt
On Wednesday, I finally got The Big Puritan set up.
He's paper-mached with pages from the bible.
The Big Puritan welcomes burners to the Puritanica Pod.
Camp Chaos - dust covering everything
American Legends - cool portraits
The Mayflower with The End in the distance
Someone read our info card and wrote "Lowenbrau" in the dust on the cushion. The booths came from the late, great Lowenbrau Keller restaurant.
Info and pics from the Lowenbrau Keller
This cherub totally reminds me of Ozzy's "Crazy Babies" video.
Flaming Lotus Girls
A cross stuck into a brain
The entrance to our theme camp - Silicon Village
Hair of the Dog Saloon - Silicon Village
Cool El Wire outfits
Sell crazy someplace else. We're all stocked up here.
Burners take a seat at the Restaurant at the Edge of the Universe.
Puritans getting ready for Party Puritanica
We went into Reno to pick up 3 dozen turkey legs for the party - yum!
Puritanica Pod residents representin'
Is Matt preparing to say grace?
Ajax helps out with the grilling.
Too much Puritan Punch
I'm modeling the coat I got at Pam Anderson's estate sale.
Chilling out at Center Camp
Finally some metal - Eye of the Architect rocked!
Aerialist performing at Center Camp
Sunset viewed from the booth
A phone car
Parachute glider thingy landing
There's a 15 minute wait for a table.
portrait of the artist
Burners groove to a cover band that played Fleetwood Mac's "Rumours" in its entirety (plus "Rihannon"!)
Money pyramid car
My other car is a mutant vehicle.
The man getting ready to burn.
The Temple was amazing.
Awesome spiral staircase
A couple naps in the temple
The Big Hummer - The American Dream?
Pyramid made of aluminum baseball bats and softballs. One of my favorite pieces.
My bike in yet another dust storm
White outs can make you feel alone in the universe, and sometimes that's OK.
Dust storm almost blows the jacket off The Big Puritan.
Playacapella does an excellent version of "War Pigs"
Enough dust already!
Tom and Matt weather the storm.
Are we having fun yet?
The Man about to burn
Sunday, we broke down The Big Puritan and The Mayflower. Mischa films Zhenya burning bibles.
God wasn't having it. The burn barell spewed the bibles back at us. Singed pages flew across the playa.
We waited a while but they didn't get this thing moving.
Think this tire will make it back to Reno?
Our crew did an awesome job, tearing down The Mayflower in under 2 hours.
The Mayflower Destroyers - Massive, Nick, Mischa, Zhenya, Anton, and Wisky
The container makes a nice spot to watch the sunset.
The Temple burns in dramatic fashion.
Sunday was the coldest night.
Monday was a 12 hour work day, cleaning up and packing. Here's the full container.
Nope, the tire didn't even quite make it to Gerlach. Luckily, we were able to get a replacement there.
Ringing in my birthday in an Imperial Suite at the Peppermill.
View of downtown reno from the suite