Funded! This project was successfully funded on August 9, 2013.


El Pulpo Mecanico is a 25 ft. tall Octopus that shoots 30 ft. flames from the animated tentacles. Built from recycled scrap metal.

is he stuck? lol
is he stuck? lol
El Pulpo Mecanico !!!!
El Pulpo Mecanico !!!!
Test Fire #1!!!
Test Fire #1!!!

Thanks so much for helping get the new El Pulpo Mecanico on the playa!!

Thanks so much for helping support our project! Here are some sneek peek photo's !!!! We are so excited to bring a bigger and better El Pulpo Mecanico to the playa with tons of fire!!!!!You can still donate and push us even farther over our minimum goal so we can shoot even more BIG FIRE longer on the Playa. Thanks for the help and we'll see you in the dust! Big thanks from the El Pulpo Mecanico Team!!!!!

$6,000. will go toward the purchase of the new larger truck base and material.  $3,000. will go toward the purchase of propane for the 7 nights at burning man. $3,000 will go toward shipping, and fuel to transport El Pulpo Mecanico to Black Rock City Nevada and back to it's home in Eureka California. Anything extra is greatly appreciated and will bring even more fire for even longer on the playa for 2013!

El Pulpo Mecanico was built in Arcata California, Humboldt County. The mechanical octopus and the spectacular fire effects and electrical systems was designed and created by artist Duane Flatmo . Our good friend Jerry Kunkel came on board with his expertise in building and electrical to round out the group.

The "El Pulpo" is a combination of art and technology melded together. We built this knowing that it would be fun to watch as the giant cam spun up through the center moving the tentacles and eyes in and out while fire spewed from the tentacles and head. No hydraulics or computers were used in this contraption. We built the sculpture primarily out of recycled and used junk found at our local scrap yard.

A special thanks to Bonnie Connor who worked out a trade with us to have full access to her wonderful place... Arcata Scrap and Salvage.

The truck we started with, was a 1973 Ford 250 4x4 donated by Jack Freeman of Eureka. The project took three and a half months to complete with the help of many friends. Bob Thompson, Greg Ester, Brian Slayton, Carl Mueller and Lucas Thornton all helped on the project and we thank them!

The crowds at Burning Man blessed us with many kind words and frightened faces as we fired her up each night. The sculpture used 200 gallons of propane per night and lit up the playa as far as the eye could see. Look for her again in 2013... she'll be crawling all over the playa again with your help!

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Our challenge is to reconstruct the fire system and truck base for the el pulpo before the deadline for Burning man.


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