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|The Crystal Chalet with 3D printed model.|
|Design model of the Crystal Chalet|
|The floor tiling pattern|
|The Zonotopia Crew 2013|
|A 5" tall 3-D print of the final design. This model proved to be a valuable reference on the playa.|
|A skewed rhombic box.|
|A hexahedral box with decorative panel, triangular vertical members |
and base skirt parts meeting for the first time.
|The beginning of our zonohedral floor|
|Floor and base skirt in place.|
|Floor, skirt and base parts laid out.|
|Zonotopian Nettie putting the first panel in place.|
|And only 119 left to go.|
|The two DayStar Zomes are built nearby.|
|The assembly moves quickly and we are overhead in no time.|
|And the DayStars are done.|
|Reaching the tops of the first chamber.|
|Sunset on Friday our first build day.|
|Taking a break for dinner. Both chambers will be finished before|
the end of the workday.
|Morning of Day Two. The Chambers are complete. Now to connect them and head for the sky.|
|Vertical panels with beveled support beams are installed.|
|Pro-Tip: To look important at a job site, point at things.|
|Chris and Miloh wearing sensible headgear.|
|Master Zome Builder Megan Stevens.|
|Installing ground anchors.|
|Piece by piece and part by part the Quasicrystalline Zome rises.|
|Zonotopians Steph and Val hand cutting translucent panels for our lighting effects.|
|Zonotopians Patricia Humming Bee and Ana prepare lunch.|
|A welcome break with good food and good friends.|
|Val became quite adept at the pneumatic stapler.|
|We worked past midnight Saturday night until 3am Sunday morning. Finally all of the vertical walls were complete.|
|At the beginning of the Day Sunday only the spirallohedral top remains.|
|Sunday and the home stretch.|
|Rob and Megan|
|Around and around, like clock-work. Twelve panels per ring|
except for the top in which there are six.
|The Zonotopia job site early Sunday afternoon.|
|I take a break in the muggy heat of the day.|
|Little Birdy installs the LED strips which will bring the panels to life at night.|
|Hoodie and I look towards our Ultimate Destination.|
|More pointing at things.|
|Zonotopians Garrett and Chris wiring our lighting effects.|
|Final painting is happening.|
|Patricia Humming Bee and Chris K. Palmer's art sculpture, |
The Zomphalo is prepared for installation.
|Inside each of the three chambers of the Zomphalo are 3-D printed organic, hive-like structures which will be lit from within. You can also see real bees trapped in amber jewels surrounding the honeycomb portals.|
|The excitement is growing as everyone is in the zone, working hard to make great progress during our final hours before Burning Man starts.|
|At last only 2 rows and 18 panels to go. The scissor lift won't fit and assembly is designed to happen from the inside. The solution is going to have to be a ladder ratchet strapped atop braced scaffolding.|
|Near sunset I check the ease of exterior climb-ability |
before the translucent windows were inserted.
|And meanwhile, across the playa The original Zonotopia Zome is assembled for the 10th time as an Esplanade Art Piece holding court for our good friends at Bubbles and Bass.|
|In the darkness, laptop aglow, Miloh hacks into the twelfth dimension and brings the Three Hearts of the Zomphalo to life.|
|Darkness fell quickly as Hoodie and I began the final push.|
|There is no small amount of anxiety as I went up.|
|It was undeniably precarious, yet I felt solid 100% |
of the time and never had even a single bobble.
I'm pretty happy about those 10 years of hard Trad climbing
in Yosemite I have under my belt.
|Around and around and panel by panel the opening closed above me.|
|For two and one half hours I didn't come down.|
|I was starting to get tired but in my hands was the Last Panel at last.|
|Near the end it was eerily quiet and I looked down to see an audience of over 30 people all sitting and laying back watching my high wire circus act.|
|And I popped it in.|
|All things considered everything lined up very well.|
Nevertheless it took every trick up my sleeve to get the last edges to line up perfectly along with all the patience, perseverance, tenacity and stamina I had in me.
|And at midnight Sunday we are done! |
This is to my knowledge the first Spirallohedral pavilion ever constructed.
|The Zomphalo, Sacred Altar for the Bees is installed adding|
a beautiful ambient buzzing and music to the space. The Zomphalo illustrates the connection between the organic, living world of food and it's interdependence and inter-connectivity along with the crystalline and geometric aspects of nature; for bee honey comb cells are in fact Zomes.
|And at 12:30am Monday morning we greet the first of thousands of beautiful guests. Zonotopia and the Quasicrystalline Conjunction is officially open! Let the week of magic begin!|
|There's much, much more to be said and shown|
and many expressions of gratitude and credit to be written.
Coming here within another day to two - rb