One of the main reasons I went to Burning Man this year was the Big Rig Jig. My friend Mike Ross showed me his blueprints last Spring, and I decided then and there I had to see it for myself. I don't know if I believed they would pull it off - the scope of the project was so massive.
But pull it off they did! And It was more striking in person than I could have ever imagined. The sculpture belongs in a museum, or a public art garden. Anyone with connections to this sort of thing -- contact me! This piece needs to travel the world.
A video interview with Mike Ross about the beautiful Big Rig Jig. It explains the piece and shows how it was made and then installed on the Playa, including the interior.
Big Rig Jig
by Mike Ross
Big Rig Jig is a rumination on power as manifest in the relationship between humankind and nature. We hope to instill thoughts of wonder, fear, instability, nature, and beauty. And we are going to do this by literally cutting up pieces of the oil industry and thrusting them into the air. The sculpture is fashioned from real oil tankers and filled with lush silk plant life, a reminder of the ultimate source of the black gold once transported inside them.
Our source objects are fundamental to the world's oil distribution infrastructure, and are pertinent examples of our culture's unmatched production of carbon dioxide. By altering these symbolically rich objects, the sculpture is a celebration of humankind's raw power on earth, a visual metaphor for non-sustainability, and a contemplation of our unique ability to recognize and change our most destructive actions.