Burnable art

We call it “Burning” Flipside for a reason! Where in the outside world can you burn a big art piece with a crowd of cheering friends? Where else are their cars with flame effects attached? Well, Pyropolis gives you a framework where this is accepted – to a degree! We do have rules and we must work with the landowner and local authorities, so get in touch with any questions. Burning Flipside has established a set of guidelines for burning art during the event. The spirit of these guidelines is to encourage artists to create burnable art, but also to consider health, safety, and clean-up issues.

  • Register your piece.
  • Make sure your art is safe to burn.
  • Plan to clean-up your art after it is burned.
  • Check the unsafe materials list, and ensure nothing toxic is burned.
  • Make sure you have a backup plan to take all of your art home, in case you are not allowed to burn it.

Contact our Art Logistics lead


If you plan to burn your art you must sign the Burnable Art Contract which you will receive from the Safety crew. We will have fire safety crew on hand for all scheduled burns. We need everyone’s help to burn safely and to make clean up is as easy as possible. No one appreciates sweating on Monday in the hot Texas sun cleaning up someone else’s moop! Flipside is located in and around a large working pecan grove. We want to ensure that no tree burns for your art. Any fire larger than a burn barrel requires a permit and fire safety measures. We have a fire safety crew on hand for any large burns. There is no guarantee we will be able to burn anything, including the effigy. Our fire safety team will determine the feasibility of burning the effigy and art installations the day of the scheduled burn. The Burnable Art Lead will act as the artist’s liaison with the fire team and will keep artists up to date on the burn times, burn conditions and if we burn at all. If anyone of authority tells you not to burn something, please do not burn it. This is for everyone’s safety. If you want to burn small to medium sized art, you may do so right after the effigy is burned in the main fire pit on Sunday night, while the fire crew is still present. Nothing will be allowed into the fire later than 30 minutes after the effigy burn so that it can safely burn out and cool down by the next morning. The fire safety crew will enforce this policy. If you throw anything into the fire, please help clean up the effigy area! If you would like to burn something at a location other than the effigy burn pit, you must make arrangements for this prior to the event.


You will be responsible for cleaning up your burn scar. This includes but is not limited to nails, bolts, screws, wire, staples, bone, etc. It will be too hot to clean up right after you burn your project, so you must plan to return later and remove the burn scar. A shovel and 5-gallon buckets or metal barrels with lids work well. Bring a magnetic rake to clean up your metal remnants. If you burn art in the effigy pit, it is your responsibility to assist the clean up crew on Monday. Please respect the team and your community by cleaning up a proportionate amount of ashes and materials. Please Contact our Site Sign-Off lead to review your clean up plan prior to the event. In the event of a burn ban, you may destroy your art in another method that does not include fire. Remember to clean up your art! If you do not destroy your art you must have a plan to transport it home.

Safe Materials for Burning

Burning Flipside is a Leave No Trace event. It is important that burnable art be constructed of materials which do not produce toxic fumes or excess pollution. It is recommended that anyone bringing materials to be burned first refer to this excellent information at the burningman.com website.

Safe Materials

Basically most organic material is OK. These include:

  • Wood (untreated)
  • Natural-fiber cloth
  • Paper
  • Small amounts of paint, glue, etc.
  • Please minimize nails, screws and other metals

Unsafe Materials

Simply put, synthetic materials are not allowed, nor are mattresses or furniture. Burning Flipside encourages you to avoid the following materials:

  • PVC
  • tires
  • glues
  • treated lumber
  • plastics
  • railway ties
  • drywall
  • rubber
  • asphalt
  • lead based and oil based paints (use water based paints whenever possible)
  • fuel and petroleum lubricants
  • styrofoam
  • tar paper