|Some of the photos on this page were taken by myself and some
were taken by Yvonne Underhill, who also appears in
several of the photos. No per-photo credits are given.
Click on any photo to see a larger version with more detail. :-)
Most of the two days was spent setting up the nose structure.
It was a blessing that a neighbor named Bart stopped by
to see what we were doing and offer some help. He worked
with us for the next two days, sometimes joined by
his friend Greg. The two had been planning to work
on a structure at the Black Rock City airport, but a
snafu with the materials meant they had a lot more free
Here I am placing the flag which marks the rear of the
nose (farthest from the nostril doors). Everything else
was to be based on this position. I planted several
other flags to mark where the front and sides would
As in all projects, I begin with visualization, even if
only in the rough. So I dragged a strut around on the
playa and scratched the basic shape of the base of the
nose. Then it was time to get started with the assembly.
I wondered how long it would take.
Early in the day I took a shower and found I could not
take care of my hair effectively. So I asked Yvonne to
give me a haircut.
What happened to all my hair! Actually, it was fun to
get it cut off and it felt great!
Here the base of the nose has been assembled. The sheriff
watched us build the nose for an hour or more. I suppose
they decided to look for their keys under the streetlight
Here the first struts that aren't part of the base are
being attached. Notice the sarong. I'm finally settling
into my Burning Man attire.
The structure is now three dimensional, a bit. Notice that
one of the benders has already broken in the dry desert
air... good thing I had a backup bender. :-)
The septum still needs to be built, but most of the first
rank is done.
The sides are up and the septum is being assembled. It still
won't support its own weight and as we build we have to
add more and more 2x4s to stabilize the structure.
Yea, it's a bit chaotic in there. The dust on the camera
lense is left over from the last dust storm, which must
have been at least 10 minutes ago, at the most.
Here's a view of the Man taken from just inside the
nose structure next to the septum. The man is fairly
invisible. He's located on a white base behind the
first lightpost to the left of the septum in this
photo. Behind and to the left of that slightly is
There's Bart flashing the victory sign on the deck.
The deck is being supported by 2x4s, but it is stong
enough for two people to stand on as a scaffold to
make it possible to build the rest of the structure,
which reaches 15 feet in height. I brought only 8'
By the end of Thursday the nose structure was almost
complete. Only about 25 struts remained to be attached.
It was a hard couple of days and I had cuts all over my
body. The cuticles of my fingers had cracked and bled
and mixed with playa dust enough times that they hurt
constantly and my fingers lost some of their dexterity.
Reward for working hard
Quiet, fiery sunset
Now I'll go to sleep
The next day we finished up the structure and added
the vertical plywood sheet which keeps people on the
front part of the deck.
Before the tarps could be attached it was necessary to
attach some plastic foam (from pipe insulation) over any
outward-facing bolts, so they didn't tear the tarps
when the wind blew.
Now the structure is complete and all the foam protectors
are on. The next step is to add the covering.
Here's a view of Center Camp from the deck.
The Penguins are pleased.
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