• although not intended, people climbed all over the outside as well as the inside of the big rig jig - my mothering instincts kicked in and i thought to myself "you kids get down from there, you're going to hurt yourselves!"

Big Rig Jig

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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.

A Big Rig Jig story via Wired (incidently my BM camp-mate Lane Hartwell shot all the Burning Man shots for Wired, they look great!) see more of her stuff here: flickr.com/photos/fetching/


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.

URL: www.bigrigjig.com

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  1. ldswill [deleted] 73 months ago | reply

    jeez! this is so lush!

  2. Apehanger 73 months ago | reply

    Very, Very cool.. Who says Semi's aren't camera friendly. :-) Just fantastic!!

  3. Arnaud Tudoret 69 months ago | reply

    whoa amazing colors!

  4. AshuGil 68 months ago | reply

    Red light area

  5. ambientlight 67 months ago | reply

    what a fantastic image - well done

  6. 365Trucking.com 66 months ago | reply

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Big Rigs, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

  7. melia.cavedoni [deleted] 63 months ago | reply

    holy moly!!! are those cars?!?! those are cars!!!


  8. yo me llamo gordo 63 months ago | reply

    i saw it at coachella 2008

    nice shot!

  9. gavin.burnett 58 months ago | reply

    nice shot!

    I'm in an admin group specifically for holga travel images and would love for you to add your image. thanks gavin


  10. DorsetScouser 54 months ago | reply

    Lovely image. I would love you to add this to my group: Upgrade to Film. Cheers!

  11. kontör ana bayi 53 months ago | reply

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  12. protivny 49 months ago | reply

    What freakish form

  13. whitephotographer 25 months ago | reply

    very cool cool
    nice photoshop!!
    take a look at my pictures


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