It’s time for the other huge, all-the-Grid-is-invited-to-participate event I’m involved with. Burn2, formerly Burning Life when the Lab had sponsorship, is a regional Burning Man event. In the last couple years I’ve been involved in helping create the two iconic builds of the Burn: the Temple and the Man.
The year I led a team for the Temple build was the first year that the Man Base was being recreated in SL for Burn2. A person from the first life Man KCrew was recruited into SL to provide the design specs and assistance, and it was really amazing seeing it on the Grid. It was also the first time that the Man was really a destination for the SL event. The Temple usually hosted more avatar activity, as the Lamplighters group held daily processionals to it during one of the sunsets (a varied schedule to accommodate all time zones).
In the first life Burn, the Man is also a destination. The Man Base is a work of art that you can walk around in, or climb, or use as a secondary Temple. Having that happen in the SL Burn was something special. It’s difficult enough getting people away from the performance stages to go see what Burn is about. That year had little green dots all over the event area, wandering around looking at the camp builds and having more fun away from their dance HUDs.
I was on the Man build team last year, and had great fun recreating the three-story saucer-shaped Man Base. There were a few more first life Burners coming into SL to wander the virtual Playa, and Mari and I received compliments ranging from “wow” to “it’s eerie being inside something I saw burn three months ago”.
This year, Mari and I are doing it again. There is no Man Base – we are rebuilding this year’s first life Man. He stood 105′ (32m) directly on the Playa. He burned for two hours before the burn crew pulled him down, and I hear that people were still dancing in the smoldering pile of wood well into the next day. These may have had much to do with that part. 🙂
The entire building process of the first life Man was well-documented. Helpful for two resourceful folks looking to recreate it in Second Life. Mari and I are long-time SL Burners, she having done the SL version of Kidsville since 2008, and I’ve done a couple of art camps as well as assisting with Mari’s Inner Child Camp. We’re familiar with the aesthetic of the alkali desert, and enjoy creating immersive builds. We took the source images and recreated the build process on the Playa as much as SL allows. While we’ve been working on various parts of the build, we’ve been listening to Burning Man Information Radio for inspiration and the funny PSAs.
The virtual version will only burn for about half an hour, after a fireworks show that Mari has recreated from the first life Burn. The virtual Burn will look very similar, but as SL nighttime only lasts an hour, we’ll be speeding the process up considerably. 🙂 There will still be dancing in the burnt pile after, so bring your HUD for that!