Burningman 2013:

Cargo Cult


"Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic."
Arthur C. Clarke

Who is John Frum? He is known to us by many names, this Visitor from Elsewhere, dispenser of endless abundance and wielder of mysterious technologies: John Frum, Quetzalcoatl, Osiris, "Bob." His cargo is splendid, his generosity boundless, his motives beyond our understanding. But across the ages and around the world, the stories all agree: one day he will return, bearing great gifts. Our theme this year asks three related questions; who is John Frum, where is he really from, and where, on spaceship Earth, are we all going?

"'E look like you an' me. 'E tall man. 'E live long."

Melanesian informant

Our story begins in Melanesia during World War II. Thousands of American GIs suddenly descended on this South Sea island chain, bearing with them unimaginable riches: magical foodstuffs that never spoiled, inconceivable power sources. Just as abruptly the troops departed, leaving only broken, rusted Jeeps, crumpled beer cans, and the memory of Spam. To the astonished eyes of the natives, this was a miraculous occurrence, and they yearned for the return of abundance. Accordingly, they built totemic sky-craft in an attempt to summon back these Visitors and their legendary leader, the man the Melanesians called John Frum. They had formed a Cargo Cult.

Catenary Plans | Work Begins | Finishing the Arch
On the Playa
Playa 1 | Playa 2 | Wedding 1 | Wedding 2 | Wedding 3 | Playa 3 | Playa 4 | Playa 5 | Playa 6 | Playa 7
Gwen's Photos
Gwen 1 | Gwen 2 | Gwen 3 | Gwen 4 | Gwen 5 | Gwen 6 | Gwen 7 | Gwen 8 | wedding | Gwen 9 | Gwen 10 | Gwen 11 | Gwen 12 | Gwen 13 | Gwen 14 | Gwen 15 | Gwen 16 | Gwen 17

Our Wedding Book (pdf)


Main Project: My Wedding Arch

The finished arch!

Pre - event planning:

I proposed to Gwen (Atta-girl) last year at the Mayan TRIcycle. This year I want to build a place for the wedding.

Minor Project: The Red Sparrows hit the playa

See the video
I've been looking for a reason to build one of these, and this year's theme seems a good excuse.
Anyone else want to come fly with me?