I think it was the 2nd time that I went to the Burning Man Festival out in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada (north of Reno) that I saw a beautiful, huge, balsa-wood duck. It was as big as a car, or maybe bigger. And I think that someone sat inside it and drove it around.
This was back in 1997 I do believe. At that point in time, the Fest was a little less controlled than it is now. Back then anything out on the playa near The Man was fair game to be burned. So when it got dark, I was surprised, no horrified, so see that the duck was traveling out to the playa center - the "we'll burn anything" zone. It was late that night and I was bushed from riding my bike all around Black Rock City, so I decided to let the rave music rock me to sleep. One of our camp mates - my good friend Art, owner of Luna's Cafe here in Sacramento, go there for lunch sometime - decided to stay up and go out and shoot photos. As Art walked away from our rented RV, I could hear people yelling "Burn the duck".
Apparently the guys who built that duck didn't understand the burning rules - if it's out on the playa and if a flamethrower is near it, bring your marshmallows! A little bit of research on the Burning Man site, showed that it was called Trojan Duck Lounge by Robert Burke. Robert, I was sorely afraid for you and the duck. But the next morning Art reported that the duck was safe - whew!
So I think this is the windiest into to just about anything I've written lately. Aside aside, I want to thank Paddy Johnson of ArtFagCity who is down in Miami at Art Basel Miami Beach for this link
Wish I could be there to "feel the glow".