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 🙂

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4 comments on “Bringing It Home

  1. rangewriter says:

    Wow. Talk about ephemeral art. All that work…. I would have like to see a distant photo of the entire thing from a distance like that above just BEFORE the burn. The close ups provide great detail, but it’s hard to visualize the entire sculpture/monument/or whatever you’d call it. I’ve got to admit that burning man is a little like roped rock climbing for me. There’s just not anything about it that appeals. But…I love your enthusiasm and spirit.

    • You can always do a Google image search for “Burning Man Embrace”, there are already hundreds of pictures of the structure up on the internet. It was truly stunning, I’m so happy I got to be a part of it.

      Burning Man definitely isn’t for everyone, and that’s perfectly alright. There are plenty of parts I don’t care for; The partying, the drugs, the ridiculously rude and stupid behavior, but all of that is balanced by the beauty, the art, the wonderful people who know how to act like grownups and still have fun, who will help someone in need without a moment’s hesitation, who appreciate that life is more than just getting high and sex with strangers (Yuck). I was very hesitant about going this year, the last two years had a lot of emotional stress, but I’m so glad I did. I came home feeling happier than I’ve been in years 🙂

      • rangewriter says:

        Wow, I just watched some footage and read about the Embrace. Way to go. I’m glad you went. I’m glad this year restored your faith. I can’t wait to see what you will be part of next year. I’m eternally grateful for people like you who can conceive, create, and execute something as amazing as this.

  2. betunada says:

    thanks, Peaches! to see the sequence is, yeah-i-know, but a small % vicariously experiencing what YOU and gang did!

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