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Click an area of Black Rock City to see the theme art installations which existed in that space.

The Observatory - The Keyhole - The Plazas
Solar System - Deep Space - Mobile Art


Gravity Bowl
by Kevin MacDonald, Simon Winder, Lars Liden, Brady and Geoff
The GravityBowl is unlike any other vehicle you've ever been in. It's omni-directional, meaning that is has no front or back. It can move in any direction and smoothly transition between directions. It can spin in place. It can spin while moving in a straight line. Its computer-controlled micro-controllers allow for complex waltz-like pre-programmed movement sequences.

URL: www.gravitybowl.com
Contact: info (at) gravitybowl (dot) com

Star Wheel
by Paul Cesewski
We are part of the machine of the universe; wheels turn within wheels propelling us through an uncertain cosmos. Star Wheel is a twenty-two foot diameter rolling Ferris wheel. The inner wheel is a bicycle ferris wheel powered by three riders. It sits within a larger wheel, which looks like two giant bicycle wheels side by side with the rims connected by stancheons. The spokes of the wheels form a five pointed star. Participants can climb Star Wheel and mount the seats of the ferris wheel. Pedaling the cranks spins the wheel; the spinning wheel propels Star Wheel across the playa. The inner wheel resembles our life routines - waking, eating, sleeping.... the outer wheel represents our larger life path - commitments, loyalties, goals and dreams.

Contact: pauldaplumber (at) yahoo (dot) com

Stellar Craft
by Todd C. Rowan
The watchers of the night sky report sightings of an unidentified curiosity - a strange, luminous, disk shaped craft flying high above the open playa, then stopping in mid course, shooting down laser beams, and darting off again... to who knows where.

Contact: toddrowan (at) mindspring (dot) com

The End
by Robert Burke
No cosmology would be complete without its Earth-battering comet: a planet-sized mass of ice and rock on a dangerous orbit, slowly circling the solar system on a long ellipse. Not just any comet, but the one our distant ancestors worshipped as a god and made sacrifice to: Tiamat, Pallas, Quetzalcoatl. Zoroastrians called it Lucifer, the fallen angel. And to the Babylonians it was Typhon, the destroyer of worlds. Built on a square and solid frame of two full-sized American cars, The End features a 20-foot spherical nucleus and an integral tail, surfaced in a basket-weave of reeds and light wire that, when illuminated from within, will give the appearance of a burning asteroid. A slowly rotating central armature, coated in a mosaic of reflective "space junk," will refract a kaleidoscope of orange light inside the sphere, which will be broken up once again as it spills through the gaps in the comet's fractured surface. Additional lighting will project backward, beaming through the tail and illuminating its reflective surfaces. The End is a rolling comet on eight wheels, with a glowing 20-foot nucleus and a brilliant tail. Inspired by the controversial scholarship of Dr. Immanuel Velikovsky, author of the notorious Worlds in Collision, The End is a global vector of catastrophism and pseudo-science, a mobile sphere of influence on an intercept course with our most deeply held superstitions about the night sky. Science will square science fiction, Shibboleths will be shattered, and the survivors will go home telling stories about the great comet of '04, and how it moved them.

Contact: stuart (at) infohazard (dot) com

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