Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Burning Man, Environmental Disaster?

POWERED BY 2,000 GALLONS OF PROPANE and 900 gallons of jet fuel, the mushroom cloud thundered across Nevada's Black Rock Desert, incinerating a 99-foot-tall wooden oil derrick and deluging thousands of art- and party-loving spectators with a 2.4-gigawatt blast of heat and light. Loudspeakers blared a dark, off-key rendition of "The Star-Spangled Banner." Eight towering, humanlike metal sculptures representing the world's religions bowed in worship before the flaming spectacle, said to symbolize the impending crash of our fossil-fuel-addicted civilization.

(Not to mention the tens of thousands of people who drive large vehicles to this party every year. - ed)

Sierra Club Magazine


Brains said...

wow, this is provocative. some good points! i hear people are doing an increasingly poor job at carpooling to burning man, too.

Anonymous said...

All that creativity sure would be appreciated in the elementary schools of San Francisco.

Maybe these folks could save some money and actually help people in a real city this year.

Public art with schoolkids. Consider it, burners.