Meet the Builders of CORE: The Big Fire

The work of the artists, more than 100 from around the world, has been completed. All 24 of the the projects in the Circle of Regional Effigies have been burned. While some of the members of these teams will return in the morning for Leave No Trace, their art has been featured as the centerpiece of a city-wide night of celebration.

Below are a set of the images from this night of conflagration and joy. We hope you enjoy them and remember that wherever your region is, it is a part of the Burning Man community.

As the participants arrive some feel the need to playfully express their sense of irony
As the participants arrive, some feel the need to playfully express their sense of irony

The central Black Rock Ranger post is easily visible with their new illuminated marker
The central Black Rock Ranger post is easily visible with their new illuminated marker

The fires start! The Dutch and Idaho pieces quickly are engulfed.
The fires start! The Dutch and Idaho pieces quickly are engulfed.
The Lithuanian CORE project lights the night
The Lithuanian CORE project lights the night
The Portland CORE burns with
The Portland CORE burns with “a lot of fire”; exactly as lead “Deadletter” promised
The Maui Source CORE piece hotly burns in the center as the fire spreads in the Indiana CORE
The Maui Source CORE piece hotly burns in the center as the fire spreads in the Indiana CORE
New York's CORE piece next to the East Bay project
New York’s CORE piece next to the East Bay project
“The Playa Queen” from Sacramento roars into the night
The French CORE shadows the quickly burning New Orleans project
The French CORE shadows the quickly burning New Orleans project

“The Shark Car” haunts the background of the Houston CORE burn
The D.C. CORE burn stands over the quicker burning Idaho project
The D.C. CORE burn stands over the quicker burning Lithuania project
Flames tower from the Maui CORE burn
Flames tower from the Maui CORE burn
The art car
The art car “Abraxas” breathes in the smoke of the San Diego burn
Burners Dita and Jeff watch the immolation of the Dutch CORE project
Burners Dita and Jeff watch the immolation of the Dutch CORE project
“Enlightenment”, the China/Taiwan CORE project is a stark and powerful silhouette in the flames
The China/Taiwan CORE team lit by the light of their fire
The China/Taiwan CORE team lit by the light of their fire
The Vancouver CORE team at the edges of their burn
The Vancouver CORE team at the edges of their burn
Lily and her mother Sue share the experience of the New York CORE burn
Iris and her mother Sue share the experience of the New York CORE burn

 

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6 Comments on “Meet the Builders of CORE: The Big Fire

  • Dini says:

    Thank you for the marvelous photos. I have loved ones here and it is so reassuring to be able to connect with their experience via your postings.

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  • Julie McNeil says:

    Fabulous pictures. Thank you for sharing, my girlfriend has been going for 4 years and next year I hope I am able to go, these pictures make me smile and I want to go even more. Thank you!

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  • Ready says:

    Huge love and thanks to all who helped make Vancouver CORE welcomed and made it possible to build an effigy. I can not describe how grateful we are <3

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  • Hi guys. Quick note- 10th picture down is labeled “The D.C. CORE burn stands over the quicker burning Idaho project”.

    This is incorrect. Idaho was not by DC. I am not sure who this was, however Idaho was not on the same circle as DC.

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  • Quinn says:

    Tom Cox(BOXES) is right – the faster-burning project directly clockwise from DC was Lithuania’s lovely crackly bamboo.

    Great pictures! I’m so glad to see some of the projects I didn’t get to see on fire!

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  • portaplaya says:

    Thanks for the correction Tom and Quinn. The caption has been corrected.

    Clearly when one photographer is running around in the dark and try capture the events spread over nearly one square mile, things can become confusing.

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