Thursday, August 30, 2007

New Thermite Schedule

Aug 29, 2007 Black Rock-Last night our crew got TruthBurn installed at Burning Man. Burning Man DPW iron worker Steve Valdez was magnificent in his careful manipulation of the giant fork lift to raise the 1000 lb pieces in place. A large moon could be seen above the powerful and artful piece. Many people drove by to thank us and tell us how beautiful the thing looked.

Sometime after 2 am a tagger hit one small corner of the piece. We’ll remove it this morning. I never before saw tagging of art, here at Burning Man. It’s a giant relief to get TruthBurn installed. It looks terrific. I almost hate to destroty it with thermite. The schedule for its destruction was moved to Saturday night at 12 midnight by Black Rock pyro officials. The small test burn will happen on Thursday at around 11pm. It is beautiful here at the mostly quiet now sound drenched desert. A big thank you to all the incredible people who helped to put this together.

John

August 30, 2007 Black Rock- We set up our sound system last night and it works great. Pyro Tech re-scheduled our thermite displays to

Tonight, Thursday, 11pm, for a small demonstration on 3’ section of the same type of steel used in making the TruthBurn art piece. This is mostly a test of our system and run through with safety procedures.

Then the main burn, the controlled demolition of the TruthBurn sign itself is scheduled for early early Sunday, September 2, Sunday at 12:30 am or 1am. This is after the Man burns. Pyro must insure that enough fire and ranger staff can be available to assist with crowd control and safety, that’s why we’ve been juggled around. I’ve been talking to many people about the sculpture, how it came into being, about Architects and Engineers for 911 Truth, and the probable use of controlled demolition techniques on the World Trade buildings. I’ve also talked to a reporter from the London Guardian. The reception for our sculpture seems generally supportive and favorable. Yesterday, at the BRC press conference with Burning Man Staff and founder Larry Harvey, I personally thanked Larry for taking the courageous step in hosting our controversial art project.

John

2 comments:

b. j. edwards said...

How many man-hours have gone into rigging the sculpture with Thermite?

Darren said...

Come on, man, don't keep us in suspense! How'd it go?