Monday, September 12, 2011

Zonotopia, The Once and Future Utopia of Zomes

Miracula Mirabilis
The Twelfth Wonder of Zonotopia
Burning Man 2011

 This year I had the amazing good fortune of having the best build team at Burning Man. We were ten minds, ten hearts and twenty hands strong. Each and every member, five women and five men, focused all of their unwavering strength and efforts for three days under grueling conditions to create this manifest vision of zonotopal architecture.

On a hot Friday morning at 10am, August 26th we were placed and began building in beautiful proximity to this years spectacular Temple.

 We began by building the every charming Bodhisattva Zome, this for the eleventh time.

Before sunset on the first day both the Bodhisattva Zome and the 2010 Zonotopia Zome were fully erected and the Mirabilis was begun.

One Hundred Twenty Five panels and connectors, organized and ready to go.

For three days, we worked all day and into the evening.

And here we see a typical example of the women industriously hard at work while the men stand around not doing much of anything.

Here Zonotopians, Jeff and Val limber up during the build.

 Almost all of Zonotopia is assembled using only scaffolding, ladders, mallets and muscle.

For the topmost rhombs, Art Support provided an appropriately blue boom lift assistance.

And on Monday, Complete! A remarkable wonder, the Miracula Mirabilis brought three new design elements to Zonotopia: a new upward spiralling, helical shell....

...,a indigo color design which faded down to white, and most importantly of all....

 ...Climbability! As many can attest, it was solid and fun 5.0 wonderland!

 There are few things better in life than climbing your own art piece at Burning Man!
 Each Zome provided a different visage and experience to all playa travellers.

 On Wednesday night, we hosted our third Annual Zome Party with Mission Country Club. There was great music and ... spinning in the Zomes.

At long last, Patricia got her life long wish to chill in her hammock in a Zome.

The fade to blue portals garnered no shortage of compliments throughout the event. And as predicted, there was always one row of panels which perfectly matched the sky.

The Mirabilis came out at 25', just a bit taller than the 2010 Zonotopia Zome.

Intergalactic Zonotopians, Star Tiger and Sunshine stop by to admire the construction of their wedding chapel.

The Mirabilis at night, illuminated from within.

This is Zonotopia, the Once and Future Utopia of Zomes.

A giant Zome shaped Thank you goes to...
...The Zonotopia Crew
Sergio, Megan, Jeff, Val, Audrey, Ian, Stephanie, Earl, Patricia and Rob.

special thanks to
Mission Country Club
Dark Sevier
Mad Dog
Our Indiegogo Contributors
The Artery
Art Support
and Burning Man.

zome mani padme zome
-Rob Bell


Algarden said...

Beautiful forever!

Taca said...

in deed, beautiful it is!!!

nollij said...

Nice job dude... Nice work. How many bot hours did the new zone take (not including prototyping time)?

zomad said...

Thanks Ian. The project took six weeks to fabricate. The cnc time was but a fraction of the effort to realize the design.

L&L said...

There are my favorite piece of art of this 2011 burning man.

I bring in all my best friends, just to show them how we feel confortable and peacefull.

As I did'nt know how was it called, I named them : Lotus. They make me like in an egg, or in a belly.

I loved to see my friends climbing them, founding some childhood feeling. All appreciated your art piece.

(I remember specially a meeting with a boy, Steeve, I proposed him to shoot with his camera because he wore some orange bracelets whose are perfect with the blue of the piece. He gave to me a green precious stone. I 'm wearing it now, all the time.)

congratulations for all and thank you.


(sorry for my english I 'm from France)

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