Bringing It Home

I’m finally back from Burning man and it was by far the most wonderful burn I’ve ever had. Even the hard parts were well worth it.

So I’ve been showing you all the project we’ve been working on here in Portland, and I can finally give you a glimpse of what we’ve been working so hard to create. All the months of stress and craziness and tears and ulcers and exhaustion, the hundreds of people who gave everything they had and more to make Embrace happen, it was all worth it.

The Embrace project was beautiful. There were so many times we thought it would never make it to the playa, but here it is. The build crew in Reno did such an amazing job of building her, and then rebuilding her on the playa, working themselves to the bone and then working some more. I am so proud to have played even a tiny part in making this wonderful work of art a reality.

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And here is our heart. Each of the two figures had its own heart, one from a crew in Vancouver, B.C., and ours from Portland. I’m so proud of what we created, it was absolutely beautiful.

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And to top it off, for months the BLM, who owns the land, was telling us we would not be allowed to burn Embrace, but at the last minute they said we could try a morning burn because the wind is usually calm in the morning (This is only the 4th or 5th morning burn ever, so that makes it doubly wonderful) and a crowd gathered Friday morning at sunrise and we watched what may be the most perfect, beautiful burn I will ever see. I was so full of joy I could barely stand it.
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This is what we were working for all those months. This is why we do the crazy things we do. This is why we burn 🙂