Burningman 2008:

The American Dream


And so from hour to hour we ripe and ripe,
And then from hour to hour we rot and rot;
And thereby hangs a tale.
- William Shakespeare, As You Like It
This year's art theme is about nationality, identity and the nature of patriotism. One species of the patriotic urge conflates the nation state with mass identity. Governments, as actors on a worldwide stage, become a surrogate for self, a vast projection of collective ego. And yet, there is another type of patriotic feeling that attaches us to place and people, to a home and its culture. Both these feeling states (and their attendant ironies) are relevant to this year's theme.

In 2008, leave narrow and exclusive ideologies at home; forget the blue states and the red; let parties, factions and divisive issues fall away, and carefully consider your immediate experience. What has America achieved that you admire? What has it done or failed to do that fills you with dismay? What is laudatory? What is ludicrous? Put blame aside, let humor thrive, and dare to contemplate a larger question: What can America, this stumbling, roused, half-conscious giant, still contribute to the world?

From burningman.com site.


The End

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20 Feet tall, 24' wide 4' deep. Open back. climbable on/in lower letters.
Located at 12:00 and the perimeter fence; the end of burning man.

From the Front
Light grid lines are sheets of plywood-4'x8'

From the Back
Open framework (not shown-cloth near top to prevent climbing.)

Images of 'the end' have been used in burningman calendars and in magazines like Common Ground shown here. Click here to see the whole Common Ground issue-Warning 200+meg pdf!