On the Burning Flipside Effigy

At the ceremonial center of the temporary City of Pyropolis is a temporary structure we refer to as “the Effigy.” Every year the structure is different, inspired by the theme and by a community of local artists. There are very few hard and fast rules as to what the structure may be, so defining it outside of its historical context is nearly impossible. That said, historically, the Effigy has been a large wooden structure that serves as the central icon of the event, often being climbable, frequently incorporating a stage for performances, and embodying some human element that creates identification and attachment in the community. In the spirit of recognizing ephemeral nature of our experimental culture, we burn the Effigy down on Sunday night in a large ceremonial bonfire celebration.

Design and Fabrication Team (DaFT)

DaFT is the crew that creates the Effigy. Historically, the DaFT Lead recruits this team from willing volunteers in the community – from completely uninitiated strangers to expert carpenters—anyone can be DaFT! DaFT is a way to contribute directly to the communal expression of Art at Flipside, as well as to gain new skills and friends. Watch this space for detailed information on volunteering, and start by checking out the Volunteering page.

Effigy Proposal Process

Before DaFT can assemble, there must be a plan and purpose — the Effigy project. Anyone may propose an effigy, and the DaFT Selection Panel (made entirely of past DaFT Leads) has created a set of proposal guidelines and procedures to make it easier for a submitter to turn his/her idea into a giant burning reality. If you are interested in proposing next year, please do so!

Potential effigy designers may wish to view this document for detailed information about the proposal guidelines and process.