Welcome back to the final Burning Man blog installation in the beruby Burning Man Series.
Due to the love and respect I have for the Burning Man festival, I dedicated this entire week to exposing some of the unique characteristics of the celebration that takes place in Black Rock, Nevada during the week before Labor Day every year. My Burning Man expose would not be complete however without giving you readers a glimpse into the spectacular mutant vehicles that serve as mammoth creations of art and sculpture as well as transportation.
Although Burning Man is a foot- and bike-friendly event, in 1997, the Department of Mutant Vehicles was created to address the challenges of non-human powered driving at Burning Man.
Mutant Vehicles are unique, motorized creations that are radical and stunning in concept. Often time entire vehicles are made from scratch using items such as furniture, boat or train parts, and just about anything under the sun. Don’t think for a second however that you can just strip down the old jalopy in the garage and call it a mutant vehicle. It may appear mutated but it just wont cut it out on the playa. In essence, a Mutant Vehicle is car of art specifically designed for cruising around Black Rock City.
Bicycles are another big part of the festival. If you can’t afford to build a vehicle or camp with someone who can, then it’s pretty crucial to bring a bike. You will probably want one anyway because it is the only way you are going to be able to see half of the spectacular sights running amuck in the desert. DO NOT bring a “good” bicycle unless you want to watch it decompose in the desert. The playa is notoriously corrosive on unprotected metal.
Just like Mutant Vehicles, bicycles should be decorated and adorned and turned into a movable work of art but just remember to lock them up! Many a people have wandered off with a two-wheeler that did not belong to them. Throughout Black Rock City however, can come across green cruiser community bikes with “YELLOW BIKE” painted on them. These bikes are meant to be shared, but not kept for personal use. And finally, if you decide to bring a bike, then remember to take it with you when you leave. Every year it seems hundreds of bicycles are left behind. Leave No Trace means Leave No Bike.
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