ThemeCamp2013

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Mailing Address:

Recipient's Name (+ description if needed)
Dr. Carl's Dept. of Collections
5:00 and Biggie Size
c/o BRCPO
Burning Man
Black Rock City, NV 89412

Summary:

Dr. Carl's big board of stuff is imposing, daunting and a little bit sexy. Pick something from our big board, go out and find that something. Return to us, convince an official that you deserve a semi-fabulous prize...collect a semi-fabulous prize.

Physical Description:

The largest physical structure of our camp, after Vaughn, will be our 2 big boards of things to find. The board is about 15' high, 35' long and 8-10' deep. One board will contain all of the items/people we hope the community will find and bring back to us. To mesh with the theme each board will be contain artwork. As items are found they are moved from one board to the other thus revealing one piece of art while concealing another. Our camp will also include a 20' diameter dome+shade shelter, multiple camping tents shaded by an 80' quonset hut, a 5-ton truck, 5ish cars, 2-3 grey water evaporation pools and a burn barrel. Our small, discreet generator will live amongst the parked cars to dampen the sound. We will run the generator only intermittently when needed (mostly for work lights when setting up/tearing down).

Interactivity Description:

Dr. Carl's big board is actually two large boards upon a platform. On one board will be multiple items for the community to procure. These items will range from the small and mundane to the large and absurdish. Our goal is to send people off to interact with the city around them and then return to us for a fantastic reward and a small celebration for completing the task. Be it a stamp from the BRCPO or a gruntled DPW worker we are positive that the variety of people and things to find will provide entertainment and community wide interaction for all involved.

Our hope is to involve as many different people and inspire their interaction with as many different people as possible. We look forward to not only encourage interaction with our camp and neighborhood but amongst the entire BRC community.

Acculturation:

Our camp is highly interactive providing us ample opportunity to welcome new citizens. The nature of our big board of stuff is such that a shy new comer can approach and browse while deciding how to participate. We can gently (or not so gently) encourage them and help them along the way. We're certain that they'll be sent off into the city with a better sense of our unique culture.

Safety, Fire and otherwise

Safety third. Di is our official Fire Safety Liason (perhaps she can wear a hat denoting such). Chris and Brigid are Fire Saftey Liasonettes. As for general well being, the big ol' First Aid kit will be in the kitchen and we'll have everyone's medical info on file, safely tucked away since we'll never need it.

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Clean Up

Dr. Carl's camp uses a cleverly desgined chore chart to make sure everyone pulls their weight and keeps camp tidy and moop free. There are daily checks for moop and any loose trash is sealed in bags and thrown in the truck. In the event wind picks up or a high wind warning comes around the whole camp works to make sure our camp doesn't end up in someone else's.

Final cleanup will entail the breaking down of camp and dividing our area into a grid on both Sunday after initial tear down and Monday just before we split. This grid will make it easy for all campers involved to scour for any moop. A couple of camp members are always pre-assigned a day for a scan of our camp and surrounding area to make sure nothing is out of place. Our burn barrel will sit upon cynder blocks to prevent playa scarring. All grey water will be evaporated from our 10'x 15' evaporation pools with our redesigned and much improved grey-b-gone.

In an effort to leave the playa as we found it we will take the following steps to ensure minimal impact:

  • Clean up day will be Monday
  • All wooden tiles on the big board will be screwed to the board securely to prevent achievement of wind motivated flight
  • Many heavy duty garbage bags, and cans, to haul trash out in our truck
  • Altoid tins for cigarette butts
  • Rebar for staking everything down
  • Sledge, vice grips, crow bar and work gloves for removing rebar
  • All food will be stripped of packaging before arrival
  • Excess wood will be burned
  • All ashes from the burn barrel will be sealed in big rubbermaid containers for clean hauling

LNT

Juliette is our Hippie-in-chief and she will scowl in your general direction should you moop.

Our presence is firmly LNT.

Layout

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