After getting my home life in order, I finally had a chance to explore out on the playa, which for me means the Man, the Temple, and any large art pieces I can see along the way. This was a fun day of biking and participating. The scene at the Man was astounding. A ring of guild rooms surrounded the central structure, housing regional Burning Man groups' projects and activities. There were many serious crafts being practiced, and burners lined up in their dozens to participate and take home a handmade souvenir.
|Posing at the Last Supper of Minnesotan comfort foods, including lefse, lutefisk, spam, jello salad, and tater tot casserole. Yum!|
|Architectural workshop involving shapes. Kewl!|
|All-wood designs in the unmistakable style of Greg Fleishman. No relation.|
|The delicate carving into the wood panels give the Fleishman's designs a soft comfortable feel. The carved wood seats of his chairs are as comfortable as any cushion.|
Did you hear? The theme of Burning Man this year was Da Vinci's workshop.
Yeah, usually the theme is rather general and may seem a bit tacked on. This year they really delved into it, and created a central plaza reminiscent of old Florence.
|The lion symbol of the royal De Medici family of Florence, rendered in repurposed metal parts.|
The Vitruvian "Man" in the background.
|The man himself, made burner.|
|I forgot who this is, someone from mythology, no doubt.|
|View of the guild halls in the background.|
|A carnival game with air-shooters.|
|Here I am again, as Jesus, having enlisted a few apostles, random strangers who were standing around.|
Eat of my flesh, y'all!
|Hard to tell, but my shorts are from Italy, a print based on Michelangelo's David.|
|Craig and I reflected in the lion's chrome sphere, representing the world.|
|And then it's just me in the sphere.|
|And now a shot showing more of the lion's foot. Ok, I get it. Enough with the sphere.|
|In the shade of the central Man structure, looking out at the bustling guild halls.|
|On the way to the Man from my camp, this lovely naturalistic bear sculpture raised a paw to be counted.|
|And then there was this amazing tile-mosaic octopus.|
|...and about a million other amazing, transformative and unbelievable wonders out there.|
Part 3 of 3 coming soon.