Flipside 2019 Art Spotlight: Big Top Mountain*

Welcome to the 3rd annual Flipside Art Spotlight blog series! These are designed to bring some well-deserved attention to a pretty dang important part of our community and event: ART and the badass talents that create them! Flipside without the art would be a bunch of bored people in a field.

These will be posted every few days in the order received until the event. If you are an artist and would like to participate (and did not receive initial interview questions [check your spam folder,] please ping me at seacircle@gmail.com. Thank you, thank you for all your passion, ambition, love and sweat!

*This piece is in need of support/help. For details, please see https://www.burningflipside.com/art-project/big-top-mountain

1. What inspired you to create this art piece?

It came down to the Theme. I truly believe that the Theme for a burn is essential and matters way more than some do. It legitimately inspired this piece. A “Sisyphean Celebration” put me in the mind set of “unwinnable/unattainable” goals But also a fun aspect of it. My mind immediately thought, Carnival games. Truly unwinnable. Well, where do you have carnival games? A big top tent. The ball kept rolling in my head to the point of having a ramp along side of it and a “Sisyphus” rolling a ball up he ramp and before it burns, the ball rolls back down and the whole thing catches fire. That image was stuck in my head. I want to see that.  So i got to work figuring out if it was possible. I really wanted to be able to submit the full scale for the big effigy however, my work schedule during the run up for Flipside precludes me from doing much other than work. So i took the time and one non burner friend and scaled the whole model down and thats what i hope to see burn at Flipside.

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

Im an idiot with  0 build experience, and skill. I hope that people can take away that they potentially can build and bring art to Flipside. Id like people to rethink how they feel about the importance of a theme. This project would not have been dreamt of with out it. Id like to see smiles and stupid joy over this dumb thing and i hope they would like to join me with burning it. I also hope that i dont have to keep explaining what it is, but maybe i dont mind it that much.

3. Lessons Learned

Math is hard, Octagons are full of math. In reality, I think one of the big lessons i got was to trust the vision and you can do it. I had to get this thing done before Christmas this past year. Proper planning helped, reasonable goes and im excited for the potential that the thing i saw in my head is very close to a reality. And If i can do it, others can.

4. Acknowledgements

I could not have done this without my non burner friend Brian and his Wife Cheryl for letting me use their garage for 6 straight weekends. Their help was invaluable to me and i really hope they get to come out this year. Bo & Carol Reynolds for always encouraging me when i came to them with art projects. Kaleb Allen for his insight into builds and his encouragement, even if i couldn’t do a full effigy proposal, he still said i should build it anyway and bring it.

Art Projects and Flipside 2019

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, need a brain to pick, send a message to artlogistics@burningflipside.com

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 4th.

If you are interested, check out the 16 art projects that received funding in 2018 https://ignitionphilter.com/grant-winners/

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 warehouse@burningflipside.com

Don’t know about the community driven Lloyd? Tragedy. Let’s fix that. https://www.burningflipside.com/24-7-360/warehouse

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 daft@burningflipside.com 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 https://www.burningflipside.com/24-7-360

For other art related questions, feel free to email art@burningflipside.com

Happy Arting!

Ignition Philter’s Second Year!

A Little About Ignition Philter

Ignition Philter (the independent art grant organization) had a fantastic first year at Burning Flipside.  There were puppets and pay phones and blinkies and music and fire, oh my! We had 32 applications and were able to give away money for 16 pieces. For a refresher of whose art you helped pay for, see the list of last year’s winners: https://ignitionphilter.com/grant-winners/

Looking Forward

2019 is coming and we’re ready to not be freshpeople.  We learned a few things and are ready to go bigger and weirder next year.  In addition to funding more projects, we have plans to work towards being a 501c3 when the 2020 Flipside comes around.

Plans for 2019

This coming year, we will again be awarding grants of up to $575 per project.  We will be opening applications for the 2019 grant cycle February 4th.  Our jury will meet at the end of February to pick our winners. But all of this needs you, our dear reader, to help.

How Can You Help?

Art Grant Jury

Come be a judge to help us pick our winners!  If you’re interested in helping find us at Spring Town Hall February 2nd 2019 at Lloyd the Warehouse or email ignitionphilter@gmail.com

Donate When Submitting Your Ticket Request

When you purchase your Burning Flipside ticket, please add an additional donation to Ignition Philter.

Apply For Art Grants

Submit an art project for the grant.  We fund small and large projects.  Try your hand at making your dream a reality!  Keep an eye on the timeline page for the link to the application on February 24th. https://ignitionphilter.com/timeline/

Donate Direct

You can also donate to Ignition Philter outside of the tickets. Contact us to find out how https://ignitionphilter.com

More Money, More Art! 

-By XTC Representing Ignition Philter

Flipside 2018 Art Spotlight: Glass Cascade


1.       What inspired you to create this art?

I have been doing mosaic stained glass art off and on for almost 15 years. I got into it in college when I moved into a house where the previous occupant left me a giant box of glass cuttings. I tried the Tiffany style copper foil method, but it involved way too much planning. I then started making tables and lamps that were built organically–often based on the shapes of the materials or patterns in the glass/stone. In the last few years, I’ve also gotten into programmable LEDs run on Arduino using the FastLED library. I’ve never combined the two hobbies before, and this seemed like a good time to try it out. I also have some sweet glow in the dark rock that I’ve been looking to use.

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

I hope they enjoy it at all different light levels. My hope is that it will have a wholly different feel during the daytime and at night. Who knows how it will ultimately turn out, but my plan is to use mostly opaque glass with lots of reflective nooks and crannies to have the max enjoyment during the day when it isn’t backlit. I’m then hoping to focus the led lights on creating movement in the ungrouted negative space between the tesserae (fancy word for the individual pieces that make up a mosaic).  Also, I have intentionally shown  next to nothing in the teaser. That little sun will be there though. For the rest of the image, there will be a waterfall/river cascading down on a left to right diagonal across the window. It will end in a pond of glow in the dark rocks. The top right third will have a mostly pink sunset with some wispy clouds. The bottom left third will be some sort of forest, most likely one that is on fire.

3.       Are there any stories/lessons learned that came out of the creation of this piece? (For example, I learned not to wear flipflops when using a wood router.)

It is incredibly hard to find time to do this stuff when you have small children. Especially when you don’t have an easy work area where it’s ok to have tiny shards of glass all over the place. I’ve still got a long way to go before finishing, but I think I will appreciate the limitations in scope I placed on this project. I’m not trying to get fancy, I’m just trying to get done.

Flipside 2018 Art Spotlight: The Very Small Effigy

Hi this is Chickenmoon talking about wee burn and The Very Small Effigy.
I really love the way imagination, play, and general ridiculousness thrives at Flipside. I get so much joy at seeing people doing their thing, together, it’s amazing. Wanting to make basically a I-love-you-so-much-Flipside valentine back to the community led to a last minute idea… making Wee Camp, which came out two years ago as an unofficial piece. Much love and gratitude to Glam for letting our small first silliness happen by them!
The Very Small Effigy idea came out of Wee Camp thinking about events we could offer to the community, as a legit theme camp. In SF I’d seen  the incredible sculptures the artist Scott Weaver makes out of toothpicks… and laughed out loud at the idea of Wee Camp using toothpicks to build a Very Small Effigy. Which we’d need to then burn, obviously. Registering last year’s unicorn sculpture as burnable art was immediately hilarious, safety felt like our project was obviously going to be pretty safe (“if it’s not going to be more than two feet tall. Is it?”) and while I’ll leave the details to those that were there the Very Small effigy burn had some amazing support and I think we shared a hilarious and beautiful thing. To thank the folks involved would give too much away in case this year will be your first wee burn but they know who they are and I think we’re all still laughing. Omg. THANK YOU.
Something I learned… wow, the power of community. Making a crazy thing that is completely accepted and loved by this community is an amazing experience. This is for everyone. Wee love you.
Wee burn is back again, Saturday night at midnight, in the road in front of Wee Camp. This year wee burn the shadow!

Flipside 2018 Art Spotlight: Bunnies Dream of Synesthesia


1.       What inspired you to create this art?

The project started from a desire to create a recognizable landmark to help me find my way home. Along the way, it has evolved into something more interactive by watching how people experience the piece. At the end of the day, though, I love when light and sound harmonize and hope I’ve created a canvas that attracts other visual and sound artists to come create.

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

For me, I’m constantly amazed by the possibilities available to an artist with our current technologies.  However, to the casual visitor, I hope they gain a sense of wonder and joy, and that the piece becomes a piece they want to return to  to see what happens next;  whether they simply walk by and watch all the colors dance around or they step inside to be transported away for a moment as their senses are enveloped by the display.

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

 I’ve learned that there’s no such thing as starting a project too early, but I’m working hardest on accepting when something is “good enough” that I can move on to the next task. I’ve also found that no matter what you intend to be the function of your piece, if you want to discover the best way to interact with it, watch a 6 year old experience it for the first time – and do what they do.


Get Yourself on Island Time

Not to be missed, The Island is only across the bridge or down the river path, but occupies a parallel universe.

Hosting a gallery of Flipizen’s art, shady spots, and cool(er) breezes off the river, The Island is worth repeat visits to discover the scope of the Art and the variety of experiences they offer.

Come check it out, and find a chill spot, out of the swirl of Flipside.  And, if the Art gets you all worked up, one of our favorite beaches is just down the path! It’s a win, win!

Got questions? Contact JadeRumour, aka Jane Clarke, ameliasretrovogue@gmail.com

We looking forward to hearing from you!

Flipside 2018 Art Spotlight: Pretty Perilous

Hi!  I’m Ste. Michelle, Patron Saint of the most dangerous, small, stationary, art project that doesn’t involve fire, Pretty Perilous.
It all started by my strong desire to gift a village at Burning Man with something heartfelt, but also terribly dangerous for no good reason: a bunch of uncapped rebar (it was going to be labeled “Rebar Garden” and just appear overnight).  That didn’t happen because I over booked myself to my first big burn, so for year two I decided I should make it pretty, by attaching jagged edged cut metal flowers to the rebar.  And someone in that village wanted to create a safe space that was stupidly dangerous to get to, and so we worked together and it would have been great if we had our shit together, but we didn’t, so it was merely mildly amusing.
THEN, Misty said she wanted a Metal Garden, and I was all, I’ve got a dozen metal flowers on rebar that I would like to actually install somewhere, and where better than Flipside’s 20th year.  So, kismet.
What I most want people to get out of the art is not tetanus, not impalement on uncapped rebar, and not arterial spray from the sharp edges of the flowers.  A girl can dream.
During the nearly three year process of getting this art installed somewhere, I’ve learned the same lesson I always learn at burns, you can’t really schedule stuff at burns that involves someone else.  So if you want something to happen, bring everything you need to do your shit, even if they don’t show up.  Also, that copper is pretty flexible, but it’s not as flexible as paper, so making a copper whirly gig is virtually impossible without actual real instructions from somewhere, and maybe better tools than I have.

Flipside 2018 Art Spotlight: Crank Baby

The Art Spotlight is intended to highlight our community’s artists and provide a tease for the pieces they are bringing to the event. The countdown to Flipside is on! Start getting excited about the ART!


Mitch ‘Giraffe’ Hoffman – Crank Baby 

1.       What inspired you to create this art?

This piece has been bouncing around my mind for a few years now, and it seemed like the time! I love bicycles, mechanical shit, loud dissonant noises, and interactive art! Crank Baby is the fusion of these things.

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

Laughter and satisfaction!

3.       Are there any stories/lessons learned that came out of the creation of this piece? (For example, I learned not to wear flipflops when using a wood router.)

When consulting experts in machining and high-tolerance moving parts, I learned that there isn’t much crossover between the art world and the industrial world! I’d love to change that!

Also, 7/16″ is not actually that close to 1/2″.

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