Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Crude Awakening

These are just a couple of the amazing shots from Crude Awakening, a project my good buddy and fellow MassArt alumni Karen Cusolito and her husband Dan Das Mann conceived and produced for Burning man last year along with Black Rock FX, Mark Perez, Pyrokinetics, Nate Smith and MonkeyBoy.

The installation contained nine figurative steel sculptures standing 30 feet tall and weighing 7 tons each. They bow down in their various poses and reach forth in worship of a 90' tall wooden oil derrick symbolizing our religious relationship and dependence of fossil fuel. The project climaxed on September 1st, 2007 when the structure was burned down in a ball of explosive fire.

Freaking awesome and breathtakingly amazing!

Lots more imagery and commentary about the project, theconcept, and it's execution over here: Crude Awakening.

Congrats Karen!

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Bad ass shots courtesy of Tristan Savatier.

Totally Lunar

Well, tonight's the big night, for some of us anyway...

Starting at 7:01 p.m. PST, and lasting for the next three hours and 26 minutes, the moon will move completely under the shadow of the Earth in a total lunar eclipse. The eclipse can be seen in the Americas, Europe, and Africa.

Too bad the forecast for San Antonio tonight is: Cloudy with a 20 percent chance of showers. Areas of fog after midnight. Lows in the lower 60s.

Oh well, guess we'll have to wait until the next total lunar eclipse - December 2010.

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Photo: Scott Nielsen—Bruce Coleman, Inc./PictureQuest