Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Burning Man 2008 p. 3

Two guys wandered into Center Camp around two in the afternoon. It was absolutely incredible! They were dressed in a fully articulated camel costume with the muscle groups (particularly around the legs) fully defined via soft sculpture techniques. The camel was able to bend its neck to lower its head, open its mouth, flick its ears and in general, move like a camel. It reminded me of the articulated puppet costumes from the stage version of 'The Lion King'.

When the guys in the camel costume made their Center Camp entrance, people initially stopped what they were doing and applauded. The effect was stunning. Then they went about their Center Camp business somewhat. You can see how great the camel moves in the YouTube links below. I imagine I am somewhere in the Center Camp video but can't find myself.

Friday, October 17, 2008

Burning Man 2008 p. 2

So one day I settled down at Center Camp (the goings-on of which reminds me a little of the Cantina scene in the original 'Star Wars') to sketch and paint, when I see one of the funniest things that day - two nude guys just walking and talking and having a cup of coffee, each one bearing a sign; the younger guy's sign reading 'Before' and the older guy, "After'. I laughed out loud.