Exterminate! Exterminate! Dalek Art Car

Look at this piece of Dalek coolness from Burning Man 2011.

This was created by Burner Cory and his wife , inspired by the classic British sci-fi series Dr Who.

This all started because my wife Hannah and I wanted to do an art car for Burning Man. We couldn’t decide on what to do and were quickly approaching the deadline for Mutant Vehicle application. She’s English and her parents recomended that we watch Dr. Who, especially since i’m a huge fan of Sci-fi and Brits. I thought a Dalek would be perfect for Burning Man, but like most of our previous thoughts, I suspected that someone had already done one. Much to our surprise, no one had brought a dalek to Burning Man, let alone building a large scale-ish version. The idea was planted, and there was no going back.

The first job was to get the golf cart running, and since I had almost zero experience working on an engine, it was a trial. Then the wood frame was built. Luckily we had a partial 1:12 scale model in the form of a clock, and with the aid of some calipers, the project was relatively smooth sailing. Unfortunately, the golf cart wouldn’t let us build it to the right proportions, so I had to make up a couple of weird angles. The mid section and dome were fiber-glassed expanding foam. The bubbles were made via a MAKE article on vacuum forming. Unfortunately, I had to waste some material learning to vac form .06 polycarbonate, but it proved to be a great material for driving down the freeway at 65.

Here are some more photos of the Dalek under construction.

I spy, with my geo-eye, Black Rock City on the move

Did you know that Black Rock City is not in the same place every year? They move it around so that they can study the environmental impact better. Here’s a picture showing it’s locations in 2003, 2009, and 2011. You can  load these KML overlays to Google Earth, this one is for the 2011 Geo-Eye hi-res image, and these are for the 3 different sites you see below.


115 Mega-pixel satellite image of Burning Man 2011. Click the image to load the full file and zoom in

Regional Burn Conference in San Francisco next week

Burner culture is spreading like wildfire all around the world and even into space. As well as this list of 100+ alternatives to Burning Man, there are also more than 100 different “official” regional Burns around the world. The ticket crisis means that these events may be of increasing interest to Burners, and Art Cars that have been rejected from the Playa might start showing up at some of these instead.

Next week, Burning Man HQ will be hosting the annual Regional Leadership Summit in San Francisco. Representatives from around the world will  gather, share ideas and inspiration, and plot the course for how to best support this culture all over the world.

From the JackRabbit:

This year more than ever, the story of Burning Man is really becoming about the cultural community that creates Black Rock City, not just Black Rock City itself…local Burners getting organized and activated across the globe has never been more important than it is in 2012. We’re gearing up for what will doubtless be the most interesting Burning Man moment we’ve seen. Now is a moment of birth.

Fertility 2.0 indeed.

Some history from the Burningman.com web site:

Following the 1997 Burn, the pilot Regional program began, though modestly, as with all things at Burning Man. Initially, only a handful of regions were represented: Austin, theNorth Bay, and, believe it or not, the entire country of Canada

…In the late 90s, Burner communities continued to blossom in ever more diverse locales. As the number of people that traveled to the Black Rock Desert increased, so did the connections between people. Large-scale Burning Man-inspired events were organized, far from Black Rock City and the Bay Area. The first of these was Burning Flipside and the temporary city of Pyropolis, organized by the Austin Burn group in 1998. It is now an alternative destination, a place for people to invest their creative energy, for those who don’t necessarily have the resources to make the annual trek to Nevada. A rich and diverse community thrives around Flipside, as it does in many other regions. From Burning Mooseman in the Ontario backwoods, to Burning Toast in the Arizona desert, Burners are creating their own unique gatherings everywhere.