Since the arrival of the first art car on playa in the ’90s, Mutant Vehicles (MVs) have since evolved and become an intrinsic, awe-inspiring part of both the Burning Man event and culture. This series explores a handful of MV creators, artists, instigators, DMV (Department of Mutant Vehicles) volunteers, and the historical importance of these mobile pieces of art — a mix of engineering marvels and creative genius — and the people who bring them to Black Rock City.
(Cover image of Mutant Vehicles in line at the DMV, 2017 • Photo by Philippe Glade)
- While Rangers ensured in ’98 that only “art cars” drove on the open playa, 1999 was the first year of the formal DMV. The current Mutant Vehicle classification was specifically created by the DMV for use in Black Rock City, since the term “art car” was too broad a definition. Due to the limited number …Read More
- ABOUT THE MUTANT VEHICLE…s If you’ve participated in Black Rock City in the last two decades, there’s a good chance you’ve stumbled across (at least) one of Kyrsten and Jon’s mutant vehicle creations out on playa. They’ve ranged from small to large. Contrary to others who have made multiple mutant vehicles, Kyrsten and Jon are …Read More
- THE INSPIRATION Harley’s mutant vehicle journey began way back in 2003, when he used a $1,500 work bonus to purchase an old hearse which he then converted into an art support vehicle named “Hearsila, Queen of the Desert.” Over the next two years that Hearsila made it to playa, Harley added a 12’ brass dance …Read More