Playa Art Before Burning Man

Thank to Burner Dispatch for bringing this to my attention. California Sunday has some “never seen before” photos by Richard Misrach – “one of the most influential photographers of his generation” – of early Burning Man and the art events that were happening in the Black Rock Desert even before Burning Man.

Ya Gotta Regatta, 1989. Image: Richard Misrach/California Sunday

Look familiar?

Ya Gotta Regatta, 1989. Image: Richard Misrach/California Sunday

Croquet X Machina was featured in Sports Illustrated in 1988.

https://www.si.com/vault/1988/04/11/117465/wicked-wickets-out-west-who-would-believe-croquet-could-be-this-big-in-the-desert

The concept in 1987 was dreamed up as therapy for PTS from an auto accident by Marshall Lyons, an Arborist from San Francisco and his partner John Bogard, a potter from the local Black Rock area. Larry Harvey was a landscape gardener in San Francisco at the time.

Croquet x Machina, 1987. Image: Richard Misrach/California Sunday

Read the full story and see all the photos (including some of early Burning Man events) at California Sunday Magazine.

Desert Siteworks was another one of the crews doing art-themed events out there in the early days.

“It came out of the black water” = “I read it in Sports Illustrated”?


See also:

Wicca Your Way Down on Baker Beach

The Story of the First Burning Man on the Playa

Tyler Durden Invented Burning Man

A Hot Mess – Burning Man in the 90s

White Dragon Noodle Bar Brings Blade Runner to I, Robot

A guest post from Burner Cedric. Check out their fundraiser in San Francisco on Friday, August 17: https://www.facebook.com/events/237054556942919/

The White Dragon Noodle Bar, led by a group of Burners from San Francisco, is coming to the playa for the first time in 2018 as part of the Golden Guy Alley camp at 7:15 & Bender.
We are addressing this year’s theme of “I, Robot” by constructing and replicating the White Dragon Noodle Bar from the iconic 1982 movie Blade Runner, in which Harrison Ford’s replicant-chasing cop character enjoys a bowl of noodles for far too short a time before being removed from the scene. We are excited to be honoring the vision and legacy of Larry Harvey and hope that our neighborhood noodle bar, from which we will gift noodle soup and sake, will become a place for community gathering and storytelling.
The vision for this originated when three of the bar founders in 2017, as part of the Hotel California camp, ended up having a drink at one of the original Golden Guy bars, The Pickle and Eggs (a Scotch whiskey bar). After a drink or two, the inspiration came to create an Asian noodle bar, and these formerly non-handy friends ended up with another founding co-collaborator and, in a radically self-reliant way, a lot of paint and sawdust on their hands. The result, we hope, is a pretty damn accurate representation of Blade Runner’s White Dragon bar that will be memorable for all who make their way there or end up there unexpectedly.
Of course, an undertaking like this takes more than just a village of helping hands and some blood, sweat, and tears (of which lots have been shed!). The cost of build materials and transportation has taken us over budget and we are looking for additional donations to help cover expenses. We fully expect to take this project to future Burning Man festivals as well as local burns so that we can spread this gift to more people and more broadly!
We’re grateful for this community and we look forward to interacting with everyone who’s excited about what we’re bringing to life!
Our fundraiser in San Francisco on Friday, August 17: https://www.facebook.com/events/237054556942919/