A Giant Rhino, an All-Seeing Eye and Other Mutant Vehicles of Burning Man 2014

Giant rhino mutant vehicle at Burning Man 2014. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

So who needs an African Safari? (grin)

A journey to Burning Man is a voyage into one of the world’s most creative environments. A kaleidoscope of art, costumes, theme camps, and live performances constantly demand your attention. Mutant vehicles are another form of marvelous creativity. In my last blog I introduced you El Pulpo Mecanico. Here are some other favorites of mine from Burning Man 2104.

Rhino at Burning Man 2014.

A horn of plenty? (Photo by Tom Lovering.)

I would say that this Burner is quite proud of her Rhino.

I would say that this Burner is quite proud of her Rhino.

The all seeing eye at at Burning Man 2014.

The all-seeing eye and… (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

The all seeing eye mutant vehicle at Burning Man 2014. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

…its mutant vehicle.

Mutant vehicle eye. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Speaking of eyes, I caught this man-sized  one on a mutant vehicle the night they burned the Man.

Peggy found this dragon out on the Playa while the owners were away. Good thing they didn't leave the keys. (Photo by Tom Lovering.)

Peggy found this dragon out on the Playa while the owners were away. Good thing they didn’t leave the keys.  Giddy-up! (Photo by Tom Lovering.)

Close up of a dragon head at Burning Man 2014. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Close up of the dragon’s head.

Winged dragon mutant vehicle at Burning Man 2014. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

This is a rather attractive fellow with gossamer wings.

Fish mutant vehicle emerges out of a dust storm at Burning Man 2014. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Imagine for a moment you didn’t know what was happening and you saw this creature of the deep emerge out of a dust storm.

A steampunk horse and carriage at Burning Man 2014. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

A steampunk horse shows off his inner workings. The carriage is also quite unique.

Steampunk vehicle at Burning Man 2014.

Another steampunk vehicle with a unique look. (Photo by Peggy Mekemson.)

Large mutant vehicles can carry a number of people at Burning Man. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Large mutant vehicles such as this bull can accommodate a number of people.

The same bull at night provides a perspective on how dramatically different mutant vehicles look at night.

The same bull at night provides a perspective on how dramatically different mutant vehicles can look when the sun goes down.

Cheshire cat at Burning Man 2014.

This Cheshire Cat rolled by our campsite.

Lady Sassafras mutant vehicle at Burning Man 2014.

Lady Sassafras built by the Crown Collective of New Orleans is made from debris left over by Hurricane Katrina.

ATV mutant vehicle at Burning Man 2014. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

Mutant vehicles come in all sizes as this ATV demonstrates. Every square inch of available space is covered.

Close up of decorations. I liked the dog.

Close up of the decorations. I liked the dog.

A three mast sailing ship at Burning Man 2014. Photo by Curtis Mekemson.

This three mast sail boat makes a good conclusion for this blog on the mutant vehicles at Burning Man 2014. Next blog: A huge sculpture known as Embrace.

 

36 comments on “A Giant Rhino, an All-Seeing Eye and Other Mutant Vehicles of Burning Man 2014

    • Thanks. 🙂 It always amazes me what people do in preparation for Burning Man, Alison. So much of the work must take weeks, if not months. And I can’t even begin to guess at the costs involved. But there is always a high level of creativity. –Curt

  1. Creativity at its best. Love the Sassafras, especially because it’s built from the debris due to Katrina. I also find the horse and carriage pretty cool. All are definitely amazingly ingenious and fun to admire. No doubt they are even better in the desert. That must be something to drive these art pieces to the event and bring them back home!

    • The bus Sassafras is built on was used for evacuating people from Katrina, as well. And isn’t the horse something– steampunk at its very best.

      Most of the mutant vehicles are brought in on trailers, some being driven by semis. Wouldn’t it be something to see the all seeing eye driving up the road? 🙂 I suspect that might create a few accidents from gawking. “I am sorry officer, but this big eye drove by…” –Curt

  2. Burning Man has encased every person of the highest imagination and creativity I’ve ever seen. If Hollywood was smart they’d send their special effects people there for training!!

  3. Every new photo made me think, “This is my favorite!” And then, another photo would come along. I do think the steampunk pair and the Cheshire Cat have to top the list. And, Lady Sassafras. Just hearing the word “Katrina” still gives me chills, but they’ve done something wonderful with it — rather like the carvings done from the destroyed oak trees in Galveston after Ike.

  4. I am making funny faces and sighing here. In my sculpture days, between more ‘serious’ would I would make fun pieces, usually with reference to a dragon (and always on a large scale), I would have had a ball creating the kind of mutant vehicles you show above. I love the rhino, because it feels like a rhino and the dragon in particular.

  5. These were not cheap to construct! Wow! We would be interested in seeing a Curt/Peggy entry the next time. 🙂

    But that dragon’s face – it reminded me of some of the characters in Transformers!

  6. Loved the photos! I hope it’s all right that I reblogged/featured you on my own blog today; those dragons were a perfect fit for my daily post. Full credit given, of course, and now I’m following and will be checkinng out more of your adventures!
    Jamie Lyn Weigt | Writing Dragons Blog

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