Art Projects and Flipside 2020

“Found Art” photo provided by stephy

Art Registration

Art Registration is now open! Make sure to register your art if you need something placed that has a flame effect, you’re bringing an art you were hoping to burn, you need placement, or if you were just looking to have your fabulous art on the Burning Flipside map. Make sure you are logged in before you start trying to register your piece.

If you were looking for extra logistics help, or just generally need a brain to pick, send a message to

Art registration will close at 11:59pm CST April 1st (no joke!) so get that registration in!

Registration for Mutants and Motorized Art (Art Cars!) and Events is open and will remain open until May 17th.

Resources for Flipside Bound Art

Making art isn’t easy…unless easy is your art, in which case, good on you for embracing that loophole! Here are some resources to help you bring that special piece you were looking forward to share…

Grants- Ignition Philter

The community run organization Ignition Philter is taking applications for grants for Burning Flipside bound art projects for 2019. The application is currently open and will close March 1st.

If you are interested, check out the 20 art projects that received funding in 2019

Art Projects Seeking Support Page

Check out the Art Projects Seeking Support Page. It’s basically a community bulletin board where artists can ask for assistance making their art project go. You might be looking to share a brain with someone with specific expertise on whatever topic. Perhaps you could use some additional hands on your build. Maybe a little more money would turn this dream into a reality- it’s a good place to share your crowd source link and make a case for community support.

Lloyd The Warehouse

Good ole Lloyd here has housed some pretty epic art pieces over the years. If you were hoping for space to make a thing or to have the use of some tools, reach out to the Warehouse Managers at

Don’t know about the community driven Lloyd? Tragedy. Let’s fix that.

Come out on Wednesday evenings 7-10pm for Church Night to meet other participants, check out DaFT’s progress with the effigy (and maybe grab an impact driver and make magic happen! Email to volunteer- no previous build skills required!) or come some Thursday evening for Art Nights At Lloyd, a community run group where the focus is less social and more arting at each other. For dates, check the calendar

For other art related questions, feel free to email

Happy Arting!

Ignition Philter Art Grant Application Open until March 1st

Artists it is that time again! The application for the 2020 Flipside Art Grants through community run organization Ignition Philter are now open.

Get your personal info, your project idea together, your budget #s ready. Last year had so many great pieces-Forge of Hephaestus! Deathgun! A piece went to Space! Burnable art, light up art, cooking and yarn art! Big or small, we can’t wait to see what you’re bringing this year!

What is Ignition Philter? Learn more at

“Who Are You, Really?” An Art Show

Pyropolis Art Guild is hosting their very first Art Show and they need your art to show! The theme is Who Are You, Really? and the guidelines are: “Make a 3-D representation of yourself in animal form”. Avoid moopy or toxic materials- otherwise, go wild.

The show is open to EVERYONE- feel free to encourage your littles to participate.

To be part of the Art Show, register here ASAP.

If you’re not sure what to make, watch the first episode of the first season of Making It for inspiration.

The show will take place on February 29th, 2020, from 4-7pm at Lloyd the Warehouse. We will bring some nibbles and drinks but please feel free to bring some as well! And wear your fancy art show clothes (or not)!

Please email with questions

Event page:

Flipside 2019 Art Spotlight: Circle of Light

1.       What inspired you to create this art piece? 

 I enjoy light, so I hoped to create a space where people could revel in the light during the evenings.

2.       What do you hope people get out of your piece?

An interesting sight?  A comfy place to sit?  The next viral instagram background?  I try not to have expectations, I hope the viewers do not have expectations either.

Circle of Light in the making – created by Lasso of Dark Dances in Wonderland

3.       Are there any stories/lessons learned that came out of the creation of this piece?

Always make sure your LEDs have multiple redundant data lines.  i.e.  use the 2815 strips over the 2811.

4. Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge?

All the fun people that I have danced with at Flipside over the years.

Flipside 2019 Art Spotlight: Usually Existence Conceals Itself

1.       What inspired you to create this art piece?

At least four inspirations led me to this project. I’m sure there will be more by the time I’m finished. The progress photo is only a small sneak peek of the final product. I was first inspired by an installation at Hopscotch that used these awesome LED balls, so I wanted to do something with those. I was then inspired at the envelope making art night to abandon my original project idea and think of something that would be more permanent and that I could use as a test right for future art project. I was then inspired by the envelop art that Anna Rosethal posted to the Flipizen page. I asked her if I could use her design as inspiration for a piece, and she happily agreed. I was then inspired by a passage from Sartre’s book Nausea to come up with the name: 

“It took my breath away. Never, up until these last few days, had I suspected the meaning of “existence.” I was like the others, like the ones walking along the seashore, wearing their spring clothes. I said, like them, “The sea is green; that white speck up there is a seagull,” but I didn’t feel that it existed or that the seagull was an “existing seagull”; usually existence conceals itself. It is there, around us, in us, it is us, you can’t say two words without mentioning it, but you can never touch it.”

2.       What do you hope people get out of your piece?

I hope people see the blinky lights from a distance, wander over to take a closer look, and are inspired to light up the night themselves. If they see me wandering around and messing with the lights, I hope they come chat and learn how everything works. I’m also hoping to see everyone else’s blinky blinks out at the art piece on Saturday night at 10. I’m having a Blinken Thangs Gathering there and would love to chat about all things that go blink in the night. 

Usually Existence Conceals Itself – created by Chris Creel

3.       Are there any stories/lessons learned that came out of the creation of this piece?

I learned a ton: 1) This is a great community with lots of people willing to help; 2) Folks here will show you how to use a hydraulic saw, which is super cool; 3) International wire transfers are super expensive, so it’s best to just ask if the owner of the LED company in South Africa has a PayPal account; 4) I can fit 10 foot sticks of steel in my tiny ass car; 5) It’s cheaper and safer to buy lighting truss than to try and fabricate it yourself; 6) and so much more that I’d love to chat about on site.    

4. Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge?

I’d like to thank Chris Hudson who helped me and at least one other project out. Dude isn’t even going to Flipside and is still giving his time to provide resources and expertise that is needed for burner art. He helped me work through tests of the design, welded it up, and more. This piece definitely wouldn’t have come together as I imagined without him. I’d also like to thank Ignition Philter for assisting financially in the project. It definitely helps motivate me to have all y’all as patrons. I’d also like to thank my family for putting up with all the crap I’ve had strewn around the house for the past several weeks. They might encourage me to do something burnable in the future because it’s all coming back on Monday.  

Flipside 2019 Art Spotlight: Ultra Rain Lamp

1.       What inspired you to create this art piece? 

This art piece was inspired by the old-timey “Rain Oil Lamps” that used to be in maybe your grandma’s house, hung in a corner. They were typically a few feet tall, used a small motor to pump oil up and drip it down the clear lines with a small garden or statue inside.

Ultra Rain Lamp – created by Puzzle & Guzzle Camp

2.       What do you hope people get out of your piece?

Our hope that people will stop and look at our piece for a moment to be mesmerized by its beauty.  This typically follows next by how does this thing work? The secret, it uses a fountain pump and then the power of gravity to drip down an astonishing pattern that is relaxing and calming. The LED light show intensifies the experience by lighting up each drip of oil like a tiny universe.

3.       Are there any stories/lessons learned that came out of the creation of this piece?

We learned that mineral oil is very oily! (Duh) But seriously, we have to clean our machine thoroughly after each use otherwise it is quite a mess!

4. Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge? 

The Art Team that built this project knows they are appreciated, we also want to thank anybody who stops by and spends some time with the Ultra Rain Lamp!

Flipside 2019 Art Spotlight: The Beat

My name is Cristina Sims, Camp SimWittEd, and my project is called “The Beat.”

What inspired me?

This installation is inspired by the authors that shaped my worldview as a young seeker. The ideas and items presented capture my fascination with the archetype of “the writer”. Sometimes lonely, usually tormented and always a voice that defies and challenges. I have created this desk as an alter to that romanticized figure in my mind. 

The Beat by Cristina Sims

What do I hope people get out of the piece?

I want people to sit and explore; experience the vibe. There are stories to read and stories to tell. The typewriter awaits! Write a poem, have a smoke, read a passage and inspire the mind to know. There are gifts to find and mysteries to uncover all while the sweet sound of jazz fills the air.

What did I learn?

The installation became a voyeuristic experience for me and transformed my expectations about the what I had created. As I watched, the piece became less about the objects and arrangement and more about the grace of the lingering cigarette smoke, the way the lamp light glows on the curve of her neck, the sound of the keys clacking when a fevered idea goes onto paper and the items that were left behind as offerings. It came to life in a way that surpassed my intention and imagination. 

I would like to thank Nessa Reed for sewing the desk covering and my dear, sweet husband Jason for his unwavering support for all my endeavors. 

I would like to dedicate this installation to my mother, Martha, a well read woman.

Flipside 2019 Art Spotlight: Rejuvenation Chamber*

*This piece is in need of support/help. For details, please see:

1. What inspired you to create this art piece?

I was at the Burning Man last year and had a personal experience that started me on this unexpected journey. Like most introverts, I use more mental resources in processing external stimuli: I am more sensitive to light, noise, and especially people. So, one day I came back to camp tired and in need of some personal space away from everything. This is hard to find at Burning Man. I was lucky that my mini-trailer had no windows and the white noise from the a/c blocks sounds from outside. As I laid there away from everyone  in the darkness, my mind wondered so freely! Just a few minutes later I felt so refreshed, that I was ready to go back outside. I could not believe how fast I was restored back to full function. So I thought it would be amazing to share this experience with others. When I came home, I did some research on sensory deprivation and started building.

Come be rejuvenated! Created by Shy

2. What do you hope people get out of your piece?

The sun is down. You had a great day so far at the Flipside. Maybe you are a bit tired from all the wonderful interactions you had during the busy day? And the night is young! Music blasting from multiple directions, bright lights blinking everywhere. Or it’s way after midnight and your senses are a bit overstimulated and you are debating with yourself whether you are too tired to keep going? This is the time to visit the Rejuvenation Chamber!

As you step inside the enclosure, you find yourself in a beautiful tranquil space. The Rejuvenation Chambers you see there offer you the sensory deprivation experience which reduces stress, calms the nervous system, and helps one to enter a deep state of relaxation. After the overwhelming day you had so far, this sounds amazing, so when the attendant invites you to climb in, you decide to give it a try!

You climb into the chamber and lay on the soft memory foam. Your body sinks in. You feel like you’re floating. As the lid closes, you feel fresh air on your face. It becomes obvious that the chamber walls are covered in sound absorbing materials, since you can no longer hear loud noises from outside. You let the darkness and quiet envelop you, and you meditate or just rest… It is almost like you are deprived of most of your senses which allows your brain to relax. A few minutes later, a timer brings you back out to reality. The chamber opens, and you see and hear the world anew. You have been rejuvenated! You wave goodbye to the friendly attendants and head out refreshed and ready for new adventures!

3. Lessons Learned

Rejuvenation Chambers stated as a much larger scale project. And I actually put together a proposal and applied for the honorarium grant from Burning Man hoping for beginners luck. I am glad I did not receive it this time. I learned that, although I am very creative and my ideas are worth implementing, I would need a dedicated team and, most importantly, a team manager to do a large scale project. In the mean time  the chambers I designed are being used as a prototype for a component of MementoMorium project that is going to Burning Man 2019.

4. Acknowledgements

I need to thank my friends Oleg and Olga who supported the idea for the project from the moment I verbalized it. Without their extensive involvement, Olga’s help with electrical components, Oleg’s financial support the project wouldn’t exist. I am so glad, that their project MementoMorium is now benefiting from my experience in return. And then there are all my friends in the Houston Burner community, who helped me during the build, some above and beyond  what I could have asked of them. If this wasn’t enough, I would like to extend my gratitude to all the people who have been contributing to the fundraiser.  Thank you so much! See you all at the Flipside!

Flipside 2019 Art Spotlight: Wish*

*This piece is in need of support/help. For details, please see:

1.       What inspired you to create this art piece? 

The Winter Games closing ceremony in Korea.

Make a wish! Created by CidKid

2.       What do you hope people get out of your piece?

A sense of whimsy, an appreciation of nature, a visual kaleidoscopic experience.

3.       Are there any stories/lessons learned that came out of the creation of this piece?

There is never enough time to get things perfect, “Done is better than perfect.” ~CidKid

4. Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge? 

The Art grant crews for PDF and Transformus were pivotal in creating this piece, thanks!

Flipside 2019 Art Spotlight: Sophie

1.       What inspired you to create this art piece? 

I wanted to “build a big one” ( it had been awhile). I don’t honestly know why a giraffe…I’ve joked that my recent trip to Japan inspired it (Japan…giraffes…yeah, right…). The one item that set the scale is a leg from a wood burning stove, that became the bridge of the nose.

2.       What do you hope people get out of your piece?

 A sense of fun! Inspiration to create something themselves.

Come find Sophie! Created by Ellen Hinds.

3.       Are there any stories/lessons learned that came out of the creation of this piece?

 I’ve learned a lot of safety lessons over the years, working in metal. Eye protection, ear protection, leather gloves. Nothing loose around your neck, an angle grinder could strangle you if your scarf gets caught in it. Bandana, I value the little bit of hair I have and burning hair smells awful. Always with the heavy closed shoes, pant cuffs *over* the tops of the boots, never tucked in, etc. I do have a bad habit of working in short sleeves (it gets hot in a metal shop in Texas, yo)…got the scars on my arms to prove it. Overall this was an enjoyable, comfortably paced work. The most annoying part was rethinking an aspect that was a PITA to change after the fact, it would have been so easy to do before it got “caged in” by the skinning.

4. Is there anyone you’d like to thank or acknowledge? 

My mother, for birthing me. In all seriousness, I work alone. I love incorporating bits from other people’s art, so a special shout out is due to Prost for supplying the hinges, they were part of his Calavera project that went to TTITD in 2014 (it’s taken me awhile to figure out how I wanted to use them). There will be immense gratitude for whomever helps me get this 7.5’ tall heavy af piece out of the shop and onto the trailer!