Basically, I'm a1978 F-150 pickup masquerading as a rusty crustacean wearing a giant Bison Skull on it's back the way a Hermit Crab inhabits the shell of another sea creature.
I include a shaded seating area in the rear, an elevated observation platform on the roof, and I shoot flames out of the end of my horn. This is an earlier sketch with only one horn, and represents the configuration necessary for driving around the streets of Blackrock City (because it's less than 15' wide.)
The images below represent the full scope of the project...
With two horns, and the Bison's skull plate suspended between them to create a covered space on the ground below for performances. Modern Dance performances, Music performances, DJ dance parties, Karaoke, Shakespeare, whatever.
The idea here is to be a stationary sculpture & performance space by day, and a Mutant Vehicle at night.
During the daylight hours, I'll be parked out on the Playa - a hazy apparition off in the distance, a giant bleached headbone lying on the ground in the desert. Upon closer inspection though, it seems there might be more to this story. The skull is perched on the back of that most emblematic icon of western expansion, agriculture and ranching...the pickup truck. But this ones got legs, claws, eyeballs and antennae made out of rusty farm equipment. The eliptical top of the Bison's skull has been cut off and is suspended between the horns, creating a place of significance on the ground below. Occupying the space below this canopy and looking up, one would see the smooth convulations of the underside of the skull plate that correspond to the shape of the brain that used to live there.
Makes you think...
The Circus of Longing...coming to a Wyoming town near you in the summer of 2020
(As long as you live in small town Wyoming that is.)
The vehicle is currently included in a Creative Capital grant proposal as a traveling circus style dance performance venue intended to travel the state
during a 2 week tour of small town county fairs, rodeos, farmers markets, etc. The original pool of 5,200 applicants has been
narrowed down to 46, including the Circus of Longing. Approximately 6-10 projects will ultimately be funded. Our fingers are crossed...
Here's a gallery of images describing the process of developing and illustrating this idea, and by the way,
we're hoping you will choose to help fund the construction of this crazy thing.
You can make your tax deductible donation through our partner organization, Dancers' Workshop. Here's a link:
Just be sure to let them know it's for the Circus of Longing/ Skull on Wheels project. Thanks!
An optional incarnation covers the front of the truck with a simple vertebrae like fabric mask. This is Plan B- just in case time runs out while fabricating the rusty crab face.
Again, this is the mobile only version- what we might do if we don't wind up getting the full version included as a stationary sculpture.
Steel platform on the roof (without the handrails,) wood benches and curved roof structure. This is the way the truck would be driven to Blackrock City. Maybe with the tailgate closed, though.
The rear roof structure gets elongated, the upper handrail gets installed...
A thin (#3) re-bar armature is attached to the roof canopy, the platform and the truck itself, then rough canvas is woven through and around the re-bar to create the finished form.
The canvas is loosely woven through the steel armature, leaving gaps which will create a dappled shadow pattern during the day, and spilling out light from between the sheets at night.
Includes removable Horn Supports fasted to circular rings hung from the platform frame.
This view shows the bike rack the would replace the second horn in the reduced scope option.
One potential use of the space below the skull plate canopy. This sketch also includes a large vertebrae shaped enclosure below- not what we are proposing for this year's Burning Man, but something to think about...
Ain't she a beauty!!!
She's got adjustable air shocks, place for a secondary battery to potentially run the lighting, and a built in air compressor to blow the dust off things. Also a 351 Windsor engine, 4 speed 4WD transmission, a Holley 4 barrel carburetor and headers. Maybe I should stop off at the Bonneville salt Flats on my way down...