The Circle of Regional Effigies (CORE) will be comprised of wooden sculptures created by regional communities around the world and will be placed in a ring around the Man during Burning Man 2012. CORE will culminate in a coordinated Burn on Thursday evening. The placement of these effigies in a circle around the Man suggest the progress of Burning Man culture—what started as a fire in the center has emanated out into many communities and “fires” around the world.
From Burning Man ORG: “The CORE is meant to be a collaborative community project. We invite each regional group to work together on the concept and design of their effigy and on the fundraising, building, installation, and burn of their art piece. We ask that the effigy not be the work of just one or two local artists, but be a radically inclusive collaboration, open to all local Burners in your area who may wish to participate.”
The CORE is the coming of age ritual for the Burning Man Regional Network. The 1st regional was born 13 years ago. This is an amazing chance for the Regional groups to cross pollinate with each other and BM staff while spreading knowledge and expertise that will wind up benefiting all in one way or another.
The project is a reflection of the growing significance of the Regionals. As the main Burning Man event continues to push the size limits of the playa, the importance of having Regional events climbs.