Effigy Guidelines

Design and Construction Criteria
Effigies will be credited by geographic area or regional event in promotional materials and public information, rather than credited by regional entity (eg., a piece by “Burning Flipside” not by “Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC”, etc.)

Effigies will stand no taller than 20’ high x 20’ wide – this will allow for visual uniformity of the Circle as well as standardized burn pad creation.

Effigies will be credited by geographic area or regional event in promotional materials and public information, rather than credited by regional entity (eg., a piece by “Burning Flipside” not by “Austin Artistic Reconstruction LLC”, etc.)

Flame effects are permitted (in accordance with the requirements of the FAST team, who retain all authority over the administration and approval of flame effects, in accordance with Burning Man’s BLM permit)

No Pyro effects (fireworks, explosives) are permitted due to safety concerns

Materials not to be used include cardboard, chipboard, fabric, or thin sheet of wood or other materials. Construction materials should consist primarily of wood.

Plastics and other materials must be removed for the burn, including zip ties, EL wire or other decorations that are not made of wood or clean-burning materials.

Effigy Construction
Each group will check in with both the ARTery and FAST before beginning work on effigies projects. It is the responsibility of each group to spread and maintain the playa protection of their project during the event and during the burn.

Each participating Regional Team will be responsible for all phases of their particular effigy’s lifespan (from grant writing to design to construction to burning it to LNT).

Effigy Burn
The use of other materials to accelerate or accent your burn can be discussed case by case with FAST pre-event.

Extra cords of firewood can be purchased pre-event through Burning Man and delivered on-site. Additional wood will help to insure the complete burning of your piece.

Care should be taken to insure a complete burn so the top burns at the same rate as the bottom. This will prevent a situation where the bottom burns out first and the structure tumbles with burning materials scattering off of the burn protection.

Effigy Clean-Up and DeMOOPing
Each group is responsible for the cleaning of their burn site. Please remember that Burning Man is a Leave No Trace event and all burn sites need to be checked out by ARTery staff upon completion of the cleaning. Please bring materials for this clean up including magnet rakes, shovels and other clean up tools.

Each Effigy effigy team will coordinate local efforts to provide a docent or wrangler for the piece throughout the week to educate about the purpose of the project and help “keep an eye on the neighborhood.

Effigies/inclusion will be decided upon by the Burning Man Regional Committee in collaboration with the Art Department.

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