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the mondo spider - walking machine - burning man 2009

The Mondo Spider

This is a diesel-powered hydraulic mechanical spider.­ It weights about 1,600 lb.­

De-Inventing The Wheel - This ridable mechanical walking machine was designed by a team of artists and engineers as an industrial metal beast destined to rock Burning Man and the world of kinetic sculpture.­ Inspired by Vancouver Junkyard Wars, this giant hydraulic monster was hewn from steel with passion and precision.­ Call it robot.­.­.­ call it biomimicry.­.­.­ call it what you will.­.­.­ We call it.­.­.­ The MONDO SPIDER.­

It was originally shown at Burning Man 2006: Hope and Fear.­

For more information about this motorized spider, go to www.­mondospider.­com/­.

You can see a video I made of the Mondo Spider in action here: www.­youtube.­com/­watch?v=sLOVdo_­Qu3E

Photo taken at the Burning Man 2009 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).­

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September 2, 2009
Unnamed Rd, NV, USA

Photos of art cars at the Burning Man festival.­

Those art cars are heavily decorated and customized vehicles that are used during the Burning Man festival.­

Most art cars are not street-legal, but some are, and they can be spotted occasionally on the road or on city streets.­

For information about the Burning Man Festival and to see my photos from other years, click here.

Spiders 29 photos

Spiders

Remember, spiders are good for people.­ They eat mosquitos and other desease-carring insects and they almost never bite people.­ They are nice and friendly, they just have a bad reputation because they look spooky with their 8 legs and their 8 eyes :)

Don't kill spiders! If you find one in your house, leave it alone or gently take it outside.­ Remember, spiders are your friends, they catch and eat mosquitos.­

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Burning Man Festival

Photos per year: 2016, 2015, 2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999, 1998.

Burning Man is yearly gathering of about 70,000 people, many from the San Francisco Bay Area, celebrating love, life, passion and art during one week in a desolated desert in Nevada.­

The event takes place each last week of august in an immense dry lakebed called Black Rock Desert.­ A temporary city is built where about everything is permitted except violence, money and commerce.­

The culmination of the event is the burning of a large human-shape figure in a giant bonfire, hence the name (Burning Man).­ The city disappears completely at the end of the week, leaving no trace.­

If this sounds interesting, check out the official Burning Man website at www.­burningman.­org.

Burning Man 2009 266 photos

Burning Man 2009 photos by Tristan Savatier (email me!)

You can see the photos from other years at www.­loupiote.­com/­burningman

For me, 2009 was a very good harvest for Burning Man Photography.­ I selected twice as many photos as last year in this series.­ I am a bit sad that I missed a few amazing art pieces and magical moments, but i managed to capture more excellent images than in previous years.­

Like the previous years, I was part of the BM photo Team and I was assigned an area of the playa to document.­ But unfortunately I found the art in this area quite uninspiring (visually), and the Theme-Camps in my area where quite hard to capture with photography.­ The "Nectar Village Steam Bath" crew did not want people to take photos in their camp (even though they don't declare it a No-Camera zone) and they were extremely aggressive towards me when I did.­ This was the only bad experience I had for the entire week.­

Because of the windy and dusty conditions this year, I very rarely changed lenses, and I had to clean my sensor once.­ This is why I took almost no photos with a telephoto this year.­ My night /­ fire photos are not stellar because of playa dust inside my fastest lens (between the glass elements).­ But overall, I think this is a great series, and people seem to like it.­

Hi-resolutions photos with no watermark are available for editorial use (contact me).­

For information on this festival and to see my photos from other years, click here.