installing the giant inflatable moon - burning man 2012

This is Lune (meaning "moon" in French), from an installation called "Lune and Tide".­

The giant inflatable moon was hanging between two high metal masts on the playa for a day or so, then it disappeared.­

Laurence Symonds wrote:

This is Lune, from our piece Lune and Tide.­ It was indeed supposed to be filled with helium and anchored from below.­ Due to the global shortage of helium last summer, we had to improvise at the very last minute and decided to fill it with air and suspend it from above.­ Unfortunately our improvised attachments at the top of the balloon weren't quite strong enough and the balloon ripped free on Tuesday afternoon in a particularly windy patch.­ About 10 people helped wrestle it to the ground before it could blow across the playa, taking out anything in between.­ Inside the outer printed balloon is another smaller balloon that has 400m of coloured LEDs.­ We had a control panel on the ground that was designed to have people be able to change the phase of the moon.­ Unfortunately we didn't have to opportunity to see it fully in action, but we are hoping to repair it and exhibit it at a burning man in the future

Photo taken at the Burning Man 2012 festival (Black Rock Desert, Nevada).­

inflatable moon lune and tide night silhouettes
Route Esplanade, Black Rock City, NV, USA

Burning Man Festival

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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 2012 photos by Tristan Savatier (email me!)

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