It’s 2 buses long. It is rumored to have cost somewhere between $600,000 and $2 million. And it was privately funded. I won’t name the European owner, unless they contact me and say that’s cool. But I hope to see the Disco Duck at many Burns to come – I believe it’s currently in Reno, waiting to quack again.
Description from YouTube about its maiden voyage:
THE Ducks maiden voyage on the playa and weekend reign around Black Rock City has set a new standard of excellence with regards to art cars. Its regal structure, flawless lines and impeccable design make it hard trust claims that THE Duck was cast from mortal hands. Truly a treasure to behold and experience. Long Live THE Duck!
Reposting this, as it seems topical to some of the discussion in the comments.
This infographic may be useful for first time Burners to know what they may have to prepare themselves for. Out of 50,000 attendees in the permit, 4,461 of them needed medical treatment in 2009 – that’s almost a 9% chance. The closest hospital emergency room to Burning Man is in Reno – a long way to go in an emergency, even by helicopter. Fortunately, your ticket comes with medical insurance – all treatment you receive on site at Burning Man is free. The medical center is staffed by volunteers from all over the country – ironically, you probably have a better chance of getting treated rapidly and properly at Burning Man than just walking into an ER in a major city.
It seems like in recent years Burners are getting better at it:
The 2011 event had a total of 2,307 patient contacts, a decrease of over 50 percent compared with 2010; 33 patients required transport off of the playa, two of which occurred prior to scheduled ambulance deployment. EMS personnel transported 28 patients by ground, a decrease of six from the previous year, and 5 patients were flown to Reno via Care Flight
Burning Man, a former US Navy Site, is a great place for all kinds of medical and sexual experimentation…