Pretty remarkable aerial footage filmed from a drone at Burning Man 2013. It gives you a great perspective on scale. Via Eddie.com.
Syrian refugees have formed an enormous tent city called Zaartari, in Jordan, with over 144,000 refugees. And unlike the tent city during Burning Man, this one is three times the size, and full of despair and hopelessness. Despite all, the tent city has services just like a real city would, from electricity and hair salons, to medical facilities and markets. Let’s all hope the Syrian civil war ends soon. Via Kinja and El Pais:
Click on the images to see the extent of the enormous tent city.
Devoid of trees and natural shade, the city faces scorching heat and intense winds.
Refugees are resourceful and resilient, though eager to return to their homes.
The cost in human suffering is high.
When you see how absolutely CRAZY the concept of an Angler Fish is, its inevitable that we as humans would find them fascinating. There are very few predators in the wild that dangle a lamp off of their head in order to lure prey.
Here are a collection of Angler Fish creations.
Burning Man ‘mutant vehicles’
Angler Fish lamp, via Colossal:
Probably not for the kids room, but I appreciate the effort that went into this wicked assemblage light by Justin La Doux made of bicycle parts, knives, a shovel, and other objects. The piece was entered as part of the 2010 ArtPrize contest. (via my amp goes to 11)
Burning Man 2012 has come to a close, and one of the constants at this incredible festival is The Temple. Every year, a new one is built, and it rests in the same place in the fleeting, desert, Black Rock City. I was fortunate enough to attend for the past two years, and the temple that was constructed this year was a sight to behold. Reminiscent of a pagoda, the structure wasn’t impressive in size, but the eye-warping detail and craftsmanship were truly astounding. The temple was designed by renowned sculptor David Best, and was created with over 300,000 CNC’d wooden panels. The intricacy made people’s jaws drop, myself included. When lit at night, the temple resembled a glowing, luminous piece of honeycomb. It’s the sort of place that pictures will never do justice, but the following images are gathered from Flickr by various, excellent photographers. Click on the photos to see just a bit of the amazing detail.
While known for loud and boisterous celebration, people at Burning Man embrace a reverence and respect while inside the temple. It’s known as a quiet place of reflection and meditation. People scrawl messages on scraps of paper and the temple’s walls that speak to those they have lost, feelings of guilt and sadness, reflections on life, love, the universe.
And at the end of the week, of course, the whole glorious temple is burned to the ground.
2011 was my first year at Burning Man, and it honestly blew away all expectations. Forget your stereotypes, and go.
Burning Man was amazing. Amazing.