Most of the week, the heat was oppressive until the evening which gave us warm nights, superb for sleeping under the stars
The wind was barely there except for a Tuesday dust storm that brought kilos of dust on everyone
The kindness and smiles on all faces for most of the week
All the camp designers super excited to talk about minute details of their camps, priceless
A washboard "axle-killer" exodus road on Tuesday post-burn
Bikes as MOOP
One unstable burner changed the nature of burns to come
The Tree of Ténéré, The Temple, Incendia dome at night, Ilumina, Rabid Transit (with soundtrack), Abraxas Thursday morning, Solipmission (the black cube), The Glorious Gastronomic Galactic Griddle for random playa dinners, Sextant (Torrey), the fireworks for Man's burn, the tears of joy being able to live these precious moments.
This blog was created to inspire and grow
a community of like-minded participants building a functioning city
in an inhospitable environment while having fun, mostly.
Over the last 10 years, thousands of images of camps, structures,
along with hundreds of reliable links have been featured.
The Golden Rebar Award was created to highlight the innovative
or most surprising shelters that I considered as important
as the various art installations all along the playa.
The logic was to make a book.
2 years were spent on Research / Writing / Editing / Design and Layout (which paid off with a 2017 Graphic Design Award) / Production and Problem Solving /
The result was a burner worthy book with a tactile cloth cover and blind embossing, packed with info, data, tips and, most of all, a very large visual spectrum of our vernacular architecture.
One year was spent on a worldwide promotional campaign with stellar results: features on CNN, Wired, Wallpaper (of all!!), Architectural Digest and more.
Without further ado I am pleased to bring you, again, a visual overload
of the many faces of my / yours / our city with 300+ images
Due to the ever-changing nature of the city and its large area, it is impossible to capture all the interesting and new structures that were in the desert, I am sorry if I missed your dwelling, nothing works has planned: c'est la vie!
Golden Rebars: this page
Street Views: camps
Art Installations, beautiful burners, camp Déjà View: here
For the previous years, I let you find out how to get there.
Golden Rebar for keeping up with Buckminster Fuller
Black Lotus Society Camp with true geodesic sphere of 24' diameter
Golden Rebar for Serene Scene
Serene is the least word you would associate Black Rock City with.
Weathered burners know this place, so I will not mention it in a vain attempt to keep it as is,
an oasis of silence Octayurts in the Mindfield
Sometimes there is a fine line between an art installation and a camp
There goes the Neighborhood Golden Rebar
Suburbia Camp 2017 once again brought tongue-in-cheek and joie de vivre with its white picket fences, plywood mansions, mailboxes, astroturf and traffic lights
Golden Rebar for Zipping around the Box
David Braun, lead and designer of camp Naked Heart Camp,
tired of using year after year expensive bi-directional tape to slowly assemble hexayurts,
came up with an innovative way to accelerate the building process.
He connects the insulation panels with zippers pasted
with insignia cloth, an adhesive backed cloth used
for emergency sail repair, and sets up the yurt in 7mn
Although expensive at first, this investment can be recuperate
(hopefully) with several years of usage.
Naked Heart Camp hexayurt zipped panels detail with Insignia cloth
Golden Rebar for Upping the Ante
James "Heavy Metal" Erd (kilt) and Torrey "Sarge" Smith with their penetrator at Sextant camp
When you have a 1200' long Zipline at the top of a 75-foot tower (with a bar for 10 intrepid burners) on top of a 27-foot dome facing giant 4 Million Volt twin Tesla Coils, you need some heavy-duty anchorage.
In their non-stop journey for pushing the envelope of extreme fun
while complying with the highest standard of security,
James Erd and Torrey Smith are testing diverse screw anchors.
So far, they are successfully using the PE-26 Penetrator that has a limited lifespan before failing in shear during multiple installations and removals.
They took matter into their own hands to manufacture an Earth anchor that has an unlimited lifespan and can be easily installed with handheld impact wrenches.
The Penetrator is a 1.75" x 36" 17-4 Stainless Steel screw
machined by James in the Sextant shop at m0xy Oakland
on a Monarch 61 lathe.
17-4 Stainless Steel is many times stronger than the 304 Stainless in a fork. It is used in Aircraft landing gear and Medical Devices. Torrey, keep making engineering sexy!
Golden Rebar for Fighting Burner Warming
Once again lost in the city, looking for a camp a I never found, these two tents caught my eyes.
Similar to hundreds around, somehow I had to stop and look closely at the reflective fabric.
Serendipitously, Sean Davis, veteran burner / creator / designer of the tents came out one of them and started a conversation.
Thanks to a successful crowdfunding campaign he was able to manufacture his No Bake Tents with a double layer of heat reflection fabric topped by a vent to disperse rising warm air.
No Bake Tent Designer Sean Davis is a Tall burner and while that day the heat was oppressive, being inside the tent, in the afternoon, was instant relief.
Overdue Golden Rebar for Ball Connectors
For participants looking to build a more organic dome with wood sticks, Chris Jordan, Mike Paisley and David Brickwood designed the easy to assemble Hubs connectors
It's fascinating to see the development of an idea from prototype to fully founded product, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign
This is a fun way to build rapidly, small 2V and 3V domes without going through the tedious metalworking associated with dome making.
Dome made with Hubs connectors
In the spirit of bringing more info while doing research on the Hubs connectors,
we found the Geohubs connectors for domes made with pvc tubing
Disclaimer before torching this blog
As a photographer crisscrossing the city around the clock to document in earnest its colourful diversity, I meet participants coming from all walks of life enduring the same harsh environment of the desert in multiple fashions which is the essence of my work and makes it exciting.
My 14 faithful readers know that my goal is to give a vision of the city
as realistic as possible without restriction or prejudice
Also my friends and neighbours know the ultra-spartan living conditions in my camp, Déjà View, which is the opposite of the following camp
My purpose by featuring it is by no means to enable them let alone to make them the face of BRC
But when a camp brings a clearly defined good natured state of mind with the goal to build a sustainable and reusable structure that is aesthetic and effective, I must acknowledge it
Coming from Mexico, using 6-years-old bamboo grown in Chiapas with a clever system of plates and connectors designed in CAD, laser cut and also manufactured in Mexico, these structure were tested for 100 mph winds.
The project was led and manufactured by Javier Diaque (Causa.mx)
and designed in collaboration with Luisa Correa (Bambuterra),
Veronica Correa (Kaltia) and Xavier Hierro (Precoor)
A facade makes it easy to identify the camp and anchor the neighbourhood
Twisted Swan Celtic Pub Camp conceals its unappealing carports with a facade
Orgy Dome camp is very disappointing, it should be renamed The Orgy Carports
Playa Choir Dome is a real 5V dome
Playa Choir rehearsal
Incendia 5V Dome with 4V satellite domes was a fantastic place at night with flames on the top and inside the ceiling and around the DJ booth, the place to be at night.
Incendia Dome 2017 connectors
Celtic Chaos suspended dome is not OSHA
Camp Fat Cramp or Whatever 2017
The use of parachute for cover is not for the faint of heart unless you come up
with the right solution as presented in the following exemples
The Hammock Hangout Camp triple layer parachute
The Soularium at Naked Heart Camp, an extremely well run camp, its manual should be an inspiration for any big size camp if not every camp
Inside The Soularium, the well taut parachute is supported by 8 reconverted irrigation pipes, the aerodynamic shape make every storm a breeze
Naked Heart Camp communal shade with irrigation pipes and ventilated dome
Inside the ventilated Dome of Naked Heart Camp
As in the default world a portal defines your space, makes it inviting
and sets the tone of your theme camp, plus good fences make good neighbours
Dante's Infurno portal
Dante's Infurno camp 2017
Camp with trash fence looking toward the Selenite Range
Camp Steep Tea Bar with portal
Camp Corny 2017
Caravan of Light Camp 2017 with portal
Caravan of Light Camp with many Bell tents
Mayan Warrior Camp with Alien Buffalo Tents
Tension tent with Shiftpods for Serendipitea Camp
Chainsaw MargaritaGuys Camp 2017 with a Lotus Belle tent
Eskimo pop-up ice fishing shelter, inspiration(?) and cheap option to the Shiftpod
Bill Moss Optimum 350 tent for Jellyfish Camp at Alternative Energy Zone Village
Every year I try to shoot this unique tent.
Campground tents with The Hammock Hangout camp
Desert Living with stretch fabric and tennis balls
Anahasana Village Aluminet shade structure 2017
Anahasana Village Aluminet shade structure inside 2017
Camp What is Your Sign? Inside 2017
Camp What is Your Sign? 2017
This lovely camp helped neighbours making new street signs
to replace the signs that were stolen for souvenirs
Camp Things That Swing 2017 with their bucky domes
Camp Things That Swing inside
Camp Things That Swing 2017 inside a bucky dome with a new fabric
Inside a Caïdal Tent, it used to be in Maroc the tent for the dignitaries
Camp Ibiza with Caïdal tents and Camouflage net
Camp Serendipitea 2017 with camouflage for its communal space
It's worth noting the use of flags to keep the camp off the street corner thus leaving enough visibility at the intersection and also preventing people cutting corners to come too close to the camp
A clever spatial organisation
Camp Serendipitea Lounge 2017 nice comfy shade
Camp Serendipitea D.J. booth with foliage 2017
We are craving for green, herb, grass, tree (see the enormous success of the Tree of Ténéré installation) so, anything that brings the soothing effect of nature in this arid environment even totally fake, is effective. More camps every year
Camp Serendipitea inside with trees
Galactic Jungle camp with colourful Palm trees
The Kashbah Lounge with tension tents and palm trees at 2:00
Green Forest Mutant Vehicle
Burner Buddies Camp front yard
Burner Buddies camp 2017 with RV's
Curb appeal of a Plug and Play Camp 2017
Truck of Pathogen Trackers camp 2017
Pathogen Trackers Camp in dust storm
D.I.Y. Teardrop camper
T@B Teardrop camper with shade
Unicorn VW bus at VW Bus Camp 2017
Splittie VW bus at VW Bus Camp
RV or art Installation?
Artic Fox Camper. This couple mailed postcards to the default world
Airstream at Trailer Park
Burnstream Point Lighthouse mutant vehicle by Bruce Reuser at Airstream Camp 2017
The beam of the lighthouse, DCB-36 beacon, in service since 1933, is supposedly visible from 100 miles away,
The Purple Gypsy trailer, a BRC staple for years
Yellow Gypsy trailer, please bring more of them
747 Big Imagination has landed
747 Big Imagination custom made carpet
747 Big Imagination Frequently Higher Club
747 Big Imagination inside the hull that hosted several parties
Deep Jungle Love, the longest Monkey Hut in the world!
Inside the soothing Deep Jungle Love hut
Epic Camp 2017
Check out what they did with their containers to help the Santa Rosa fire victims
Epic Camp with Epic Spaces upcycled contenairs 2017
Containers as art along the Esplanade
A container can make a nice bedroom with all the amenities
On the left check out the clothes organizer
I guess orange was the transition
Comfort and Joy Village 2017
Comfort and Joy Village flags 2017
Having Fun with Swings
Skinny Kitty Teahouse and Lounge 2017 saddle shape
Ice Pyrates Camp 2017 giant inflatable structure
Inside Ice Pyrates Camp they were partying hard, so funny
P3 Oasis Camp wood frame
Rest Structure 2017
Palette Palace Camp, made of...palettes, great upcycling
Palette Palace Camp inside
Leopard Lounge and Spa Camp made of pop-up shelters
with top vents to release wind pressure.
Being a recurrent camp associated with the VW Bus camp,
they trust these shelters.
Pinkee's Truck Stop Camp Ynot, made of pink pop-up shelters
A bicycle pump was under the blow sign
Pop-up Shelters with pink flamingos garden
Any strong color brings life in a sterile environment
Monkey Hut with a canopy made of a net and knotted pieces of colorful fabric
Monkey Hut inside
Monkey Hut colorful detail top
Camp Crooked in the Mindfield 2017
Camp at K@9:45
Is it the home of the Lost Tea Party by Alex Wright with Wreckage International?
Philly Phreak Show Camp
Pink Mammoth in construction
Paradise Motel camp with the Airpusher mutant vehicle in the background
Standing Rock Camp at BRC
Standing Rock Camp with Red Lightning Village
Standing Rock Camp canopy
Disorient Camp Orange canopy
Star Star Camp 2017
Star Star Camp canopy
The Hangry Bishop Camp
Circle J Inconvenience Store camp packed with fake brands