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Shack To-Hell-U-Ride: Burning Man Mutant Vehicle
Shack To-Hell-U-Ride: Burning Man Mutant Vehicle
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Telluride Fire Festival is trying to bring the art car "Shack To-Hell-U-Ride" to Burning Man to serve as public transportation for the community.

The Shack is an artistic interpretation of a turn-of-the-19th-century miner’s tiny home that is mobile. The most unique and dynamic special effect on this one-of-a-kind Mutant Vehicle is that the roof is on fire (literally!). The "burning" shack “floats” along The Playa and looks as if it is burning...but we promise it’s safe…and yes, we carry fire extinguishers.

Built on the chassis of a chopped-down 1989 Ford Transporter van and designed/built by renowned BRC artist Jamie Vaida (Oakland, CA) and Alvin Sessions (Grand Junction, CO), this mutant vehicle was safely modified to have a dynamically flaming roof made of non-combustible sheet metal. The Shack is mostly made out of found objects—wood and artifacts from the mining era in Telluride, CO. The interior space resembles a miners cabin complete with a wrought iron bed, a functioning vintage parlor wood stove, and a 1920s icebox for refreshing beverages.

Hanging out inside on a chilly evening
Hanging out inside on a chilly evening

The Mutant Vehicle can transport up to 15 people at a time and features a an 8-panel, solar-powered, sound system (added last year) to suit the mood day and night. We have grown her into a demonstration of responsible and renewable energy powered consumption. With your help—she is a bit of the old and the new, inspiring restoration and repurposed rehabilitation versus demolition and abandonment of the old. We VALUE reuse infinitely. Therefore, much of our art car has been salvaged, found, rescued, and discovered in dumpsters.  

To transport the art car safely, we do need something new: a goose-neck trailer rated for a 10,000-lb load. For the last two years, we have borrowed trailers to transport the Shack the 2,000-miles to Black Rock City and back. Both times, it was indeed trial-by-fire, of sorts (pun intended), and we had significant breakdowns, including multiple blown tires and a broken axle. Our 3-day journeys each way were not easy (better described as stressful), and we oft describe this project as a labor of love and lunacy. If we don't purchase a trailer suited for and dedicated to the Shack, we will likely not be able to bring the art car. With your support, this year we are hoping to buy a new trailer!

The fiery roof and LED lights
The fiery roof and LED lights

Your donation will also help equip the "Shack" for its interactive display at the January 19-21, 2018 nonprofit Telluride Fire Festival. Please check out our website http://telluridefirefestival.org/ and video from the 2015 Festival: http://youtu.be/wbHdSKSw33sy  

Pictures of some of our rewards:

Set of 4 postcards from the Telluride Fire Festival
Set of 4 postcards from the Telluride Fire Festival

  

Headband—comes in red or black
Headband—comes in red or black

  

Stainless steel logo'd to-go cup
Stainless steel logo'd to-go cup

  

The "Shack" at your event!
The "Shack" at your event!

THANK YOU for YOUR SUPPORT! 

 

Risks and challenges

Our biggest challenge is obtaining and paying for a gooseneck trailer to haul the 10,000-lb shack. We have tried borrowed trailers in the past, but it just isn't a viable long-term, safe solution.

As with many artists, we are dedicated to our project and have been doing as much of the work on the Shack as we can ourselves to save money and finish the Shack upgrades to make her more environmentally responsible. With your generosity, we would love to have you get to experience her unique and playful beauty on The Playa. Please help make that happen. Thank you.

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    Our undying love

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    Your name everywhere

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    Shack postcard from The Playa

    A postcard with a four color
    image of the Shack taken at Burning
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    Logo'd headband

    Embroidered fleece headband in RED or BLACK, plus, our undying and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter.

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    Fire Festival postcards

    Four, colorful Telluride Fire Festival postcards plus, our undying and a shout out on Facebook and Twitter

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    Logo'd to-go cup

    A logo'd Telluride Fire Festival steel to-go cup
    with carabiner handle (great for Burning Man),
    plus, our undying love and a shout out on
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    have us bring your reward to you on The Playa.

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    Our Art Car at your Telluride Event

    We will bring the art car to your event (within 15 miles of Telluride), decorate it to fit your theme and light the roof on fire for the duration of the event. This opportunity is available in the fall of 2017 or the spring of 2018...when roads are clear of snow.

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