A Tale Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Everything

Black Rock Station, Nevada – June 27th, 2009

Tabula Rasa

Yesterday, the DPW workshop stood empty, a nondescript metal quonset amidst the low, gravelly scrub that rings the Black Rock desert. Today the workshop is full.

Full of people. Full of movement. Full of sawdust.

Full of activity and creativity and – to keep things balanced – a little destruction.

Full of music from a dusty stereo, doggedly fighting its hopeless battle with The Carpenter’s Orchestra: the bass drone of belt sander and shop vac, the baritone buzz of table and chop saws, the three tenors, jigsaw, Sawzall and drill, and the 30,000 rpm soprano herself, the trim router, ever the diva.

Full of intention, the magickal force necessary to resurrect an icon from the ashes, so that it may once again take its place at the center of Black Rock City, our dear dusty Brigadoon.

Full of the elaborate dance of lore, luck and skill that gives birth to the Burning Man.

Man Build 2009 has begun.

About the author: Aaron Muszalski

Aaron Muszalski

Aaron Muszalski (aka Slim) is an artist, photographer, and lifelong explorer of liminal spaces. As a member of DPW’s Man Crew, Aaron has helped design and build The Man since 2007. He is also an experienced startup founder (Threadable, acq.) and a Y Combinator alumnus. In January of 2016 Aaron was diagnosed with stage IV colon cancer. 2017 was his 23rd year attending Burning Man. In his own words, he is “not just surviving cancer, but surpassing it.”

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