From the Gobi Desert to the Black Rock Desert
Beijing Burner Club mingling with EBB and Glow Camp at Unscruz, 2018
Meet artist Ming Lu, the artist of Desert Guard or Fenghaizhen 风海镇 (pronounced ‘fung high gen’) as is its original Chinese name. Desert Guard is 49 ft high and weighs 12 tons of heavy steel. With the support of the Beijing Burner Club, two members (Jay Chen and Martin Butz) you meet in this podcast, they ship it all the way from China’s Gobi Desert to Black Rock Desert, 2018.
Many of the art installation team have not been to Burning Man yet. Influenced by meeting burners who participate in their local communities both in Beijing and in San Francisco Bay Area, Lu and his installation team have been learning as they go.
Part of this podcast was recorded in early June and the second conversation was recorded at the end of July at a critical time with about 24 days before the BRC Build Week. The extraordinary journey includes shipping from China, securing placement on the Playa, arranging a build crew for early setup, etc. How is he and his fellow crew members planning on pulling this off? With our help, of course! Are you in?
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Photography by Ming Lu
Intro music by OFIER on Alkaline Podcast, episode number A0451. Find it at Burner Podcast and our Soundcloud channel.