1996 ART INSTALLATIONS
by Elise Fried
The wire Buddha head is created by Elise Fried with the help of her neighbors on the playa. She hopes it becomes a benign and blessing presence for you to see the world through.
City of Dis
by Pepe Ozan
Tour Satans private estate whose somber towers enclose the Ultimate Pit a hidden and unhealing wound, this chasm is a fountainhead of boundless rage, appalling shame, and unendurable loneliness. But thats not all! This is real! not like in the movies. More thrills await. Witness the arrival of a soul in Hell, a tribal opera, and an insect ballet.
photo by Jim Mason Forest of Fire and Ice
by Jim Mason
Wander through a phantom forest of burning trees. Glinting ice, encrusted on the tangled boughs, drips slowly into a cauldron of fire. Loiter here and listen to the eerie strains of cello and djeridoo.
Installations and performances by Kal Spelletich and Seemen, Christian Ristow, John Law, Maya Hayuk, Serena Irwin, Flynn Mauthe, Kimric Smythe, Robert Burke, Tanya, Nick Spelletich, and many other beloved helpers.
HELCO, a supranational conglomerate, is the official sponsor of this year's Burning Man festival, and also our theme. Enter the Inferno through the neon Gate of Hell, courtesy of San Francisco's Seemen. Visit HELCO's corporate headquarters, a demonic strip mall dominated by The Helco Tower, Starfuck's, Caca Bell, Joe Camel and Submit. Witness Cerberus, Hell's voracious three-headed hound, as he consumes your favorite packaged products. See the battle between HELCO and Burning Man - who will win possession of our event?
"A vast and trunkless leg of stone stands in the desert." Behold Ozymandias, romantic relic of a vanished civilization. The pedestal inscription reads "Look on my works ye mighty and despair!"
Enter a world of pianos at Steve Hecks Piano Bell, a two-story structure built entirely of pianos. Steve, a piano mover, has a deep attachment to this instrument and provides you with a place to pluck, beat, and strum the exposed strings of old pianos. Have a drink at the interior bar while youre at it.
Pyramid of the Camera Obscura
by Chris de Monterey
Crawl through a mysterious labyrinth. See a panoramic view of our encampment cupped like a spectral pool within its secret chamber. Based on a design first conceived by Leonardo da Vinci. A playa landmark since 1994.
by the LA Cacophony Society
The LA Cacophony Society brings you Hollywood as youve never seen it before a gleeful spectacle of flaming Entertainment Industry icons. See the Worlds Largest Celluloid Pyre. See Steven Spielberg, Tom Cruise, and Mickey Mouse wallowing in Molten Sin! See shrieking starlets, the exploding box office, and the climactic Detonation of the Oscar.