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1439 Poplar Avenue
State or Province
What Years Have You Attended Burning Man?
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013
Burning Man Projects and Affiliations
Describe Your Burning Man Projects and Affiliations
I'm the primary camp contact for Anat's Love Camp
Purchased a ticket?
Last Years Contact
My only art contribution to Burning Man has been a big and beautiful 8'x8'
camp sign for Anat's Love Camp.
Art Installation/Project Name
Star of Shamash
Art Installation Creator/Lead Artist/Artist Group
Art Installation Info Listed Publicly?
Public Website Description of Art Installation [I think that this is the most important part.
Please let me know if you think that I should reword this. –Jim-dandy!]
The Star of Shamash is the symbol for the Babylonian Sun God, Shamash,
which was likely a part of the caravansary across ancient Mesopotamia. It
is 8' diameter and colorfully lit with LEDs for night–time sun
worshipping. It was also built to honor Anat Shamash for her 20th
anniversary of attending Burning Man.
Associated With Theme Camp
Theme Camp Association
Anat's Love Camp
Where ideally would you like your piece to be placed on the open playa?
Inner playa. For most dramatic effect, I would like this star to be placed
relatively near the Man (but not too close) anywhere on an east – west
axis (along the 1:30 – 7:30 line, running through the Man, preferably
between the Man and 1:30) and I will position the star parallel to a north
– south axis (along the 4:30 – 10:30 line) so that the star can be
used by photographers to frame with either people's faces or Burning Man
in the background. Also this position will allow for sunrise and sunset
photos with the sun either behind the photographer or in the background,
again, framed by the star (preferably between the Man and 1:30 for good
sunset in the background shots). If this position is not available, then
anywhere relatively near the Man so that the Man can be in the background
Physical Description of Art Installation
The Star of Shamash represents the symbol for the Babylonian Sun God,
Shamash. Ancient people traveling in caravansaries along the Silk Route
through the Babylonian region of Mesopotamia would likely have encountered
this symbol and worshippers of Shamash. I also built this star in honor of
the leader of Anat's Love Camp, Anat Shamash, who this year is celebrating
her 20 anniversary of attending Burning Man! The star will be brightly and
colorfully lit by LED lights for night-time viewing or worshipping. The
star will be 8' diameter and sturdy enough for a few people to climb on it
URL for Art Installation Diagram [follow this link for more information & images]
The star will be shaped like a wheel. The star itself will be round, 8
feet diameter (9 feet total height with the pedestal), and 4.5 inches
thick. It will rest on a pedestal that will be 1 foot tall by 1 foot deep
by 4 feet long. The star will be secured by 4 guy wires extending outward
as needed: covering a space of approximately 15' x 8'.
Scaffolding or any part of a structure over 10 ft high?
Holes dug in the playa
Interference with nearby art?
The star will be brightly lit with LED lights. The lights will range in
brightness from dim to bright depending on the programmed light
sequence that is running.
Quiet Area Requirement
Dark Area Requirement
If you are requiring a dark and/or quiet environment, how much space
surrounding your artwork would you need?
Because the LED lights are its main attraction at night, other bright lights
nearby will interfere with the light display especially during dim light
sequences. At least 250 feet away from other light sources.
I will put EL wire as well as flagging ribbons on the guy wires and have
separate solar powered lights where each guy wire is staked to the ground
(two per stake). I will use special very sturdy stakes (that I have made
especially for the purpose of staking into the brittle playa soil) that
are very secure, will do very little damage to the playa, will be pounded
into the playa so that they are just below the surface so the stakes will
not trip anyone, and will be easy to remove. I will use additional solar
powered LED lights during construction if necessary. Construction should
take no more than half a day and be done during the day so I won't leave
anything laying around during the night.
The star will be lit with LED lights (at night) that will be powered by a
12v deep cycle battery that will be charged by a solar panel (which will
be on a frame securely anchored to the playa). I have consulted a solar
panel contractor to help me design a system that will have adequate power
for two nights if there is one day of no sun; but I am still waiting for
Alternative Power Source
12 volt deep cycle battery
Number Of Generators
Leave No Trace Plan
I do not intend to burn my art. I will remove the art to be used in future
years at our theme camp. The only damage to the playa will be minimal
damage from removing the four stakes which have been specially designed by
me to be easily inserted and removed causing minimal damage.
I am not planning on burning my art. I will be using it year after year at
Anat's Love Camp.
Building A Stage
Stage Placement and Construction
Sound Amplification Description
Of course I'm planning on having enough help but I don't know if I will
need assistance from the DPW erecting the star structure like with a
forklift and I don't know if that is even a possibility. Please discuss
this with me on the phone. Thank you.
Primary Flame Type
Secondary Flame Type
Tertiary Flame Type
Combustibles - Fuel and Hazardous Material Storage
Digital Image of Art Installation