Tuesday 7 April 2020
Opulent Temple & Duck Pond Stage, As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A DJ named Ariel Ocean created dance music inside the Opulent Temple booth that resembled a bowling pin with windows. No dancers were present yet, this early in the afternoon. The "Opulent Temple & Duck Pond Stage" was arranged behind a low fence and against a warehouse wall. Three pieces of rusted art were on display. The DJ booth was shaped like a bowling pin with windows.

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Monday 6 April 2020
Butterfly Man Stage, As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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The Butterfly Man Stage featured a huge man's face as part of a tree trunk, with green knotted fabric as leaves. The face emitted steam to create a localized fog. A person sat in the hammock and watched the fake butterfly not move. The Butterfly Man Stage lit up at night and was surrounded by barely visible dancers. A hammock hung next to the tree trunk face. And just beyond the hammock was a stack of loudspeakers. A DJ sat atop the head and peered over the edge to see dancers below. Above the DJ, a guest sat among branches. A view of the Butterfly Man Stage in context with the rest of the fair. Butterflies decorated the face of the tree trunk man. Notice how the man's eyes were empty.

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Sunday 5 April 2020
Church Stage, As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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Dancers performed in front of the Church Stage. At the same time, other fair attendees partied atop the roof. A replica of an old wooden church was set up as another stage. Speakers lined the wall of the church, and a sign on a box read, "Church Parking Only." People stood on the roof of the church. A man in chaps danced to the music. Notice a ladder leading up from the roof to the church steeple. The Church Stage shown in context with the surrounding fair. A food trunk was parked to the right of the church and porta potties lined the wall to the left. An arrow appeared to point at the Church Stage, but actually indicated that the path through the fair turned left there.

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Saturday 4 April 2020
Marching Band, As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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At one point the band ceased marching and paused to sing a song. You can listen to part of the song in a video . One man played a well worn tuba. Another man next to him played a trumpet with a bent horn. The rhythm section was a small handheld drum played with a small turned-wood stick. Another played a slide whistle, while yet another played a euphonium. The next to pass was the trombone player. The parade ended as a man passed while playing a musical washboard. His washboard was fitted with bells for an added bit of musical punch. A marching band wove through the crowds. The first two players to pass by were the saxophone player and the trumpet player.

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Friday 3 April 2020
Baaahs Stage, (Big-Ass Amazingly Awesome Homosexual Sheep), As A Form Of Music, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A sign was hung on the front of the bus in front of the driver's seat. It read: "BAAAHS" which stood for "Big-Ass Amazingly Awesome Homosexual Sheep." As the time neared 3:00 in the afternoon, more dancers began to appear. But note that the throngs of dancers did not appear until sunset. The Baaahs stage (which stood for: Big-Ass Amazingly Awesome Homosexual Sheep) was low on dancers early in the afternoon. Although this was a sheep art car during the actual Burning Man event, here it was merely a bus set up as a stage.

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Thursday 2 April 2020
Floating In Latex, As A Form Of Booth, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A warning sign was posted on one of the poles holding up a "Coleman Instant Sun Shelter." That warning read, "Warning Latex allergens in the air here." Like a bug trapped in amber, the man enjoyed the experience of almost floating while trapped in latex. The man operating the booth was strong enough to tilt the box far over. A man bent over and began to crawl through the exposed hole and into the box. The man trapped inside the box smiled and appeared to be enjoying the experience. The booth held just a vertical box with a vacuum cleaner attached to the box. Like magic, the man inside the box appeared to have vanished.

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Wednesday 1 April 2020
Equal And Opposite Camp, As A Form Of Booth, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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The Equal And Opposite Camp was closed early in the afternoon. It was just being set up as this photograph was taken. It featured a large yin and yang composed of two differently colored sections of the moon. A chair and table was set up to perform I Ching Readings.

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Tuesday 31 March 2020
Camp Tender Explorations, As A Form Of Booth, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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People with animal backpacks boarded a bus hidden behind the booth entrance. The sign for Camp Tender Explorations was small and taped to cardboard: Camp Tender Explorations Journey To 3pm find your 4pm Spirit Animal 5pm & 6pm Explore your 7pm Past Lives With a picture of a whale below the sign. A plush toy bunny with carrot feet sat on a rose colored curved seat.

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Monday 30 March 2020
Unidome, As A Form Of Booth, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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Unicorns decorated the back wall. A beanbag chair and a round seat were available. However, the current occupants all stood. A mailbox stood at the entrance to the booth. A man sat in the back corner and checked his phone. Unicorn decorations abounded. A big unicorn reared up at the corner of the Unidome booth. More unicorn art decorated the fence beyond the booth. The sign described the nature of the booth: Welcome to the Unidome Chill Space Please, No Rough-Housing No Smoking Or Vaping Please Remove Shoes Please don't steal the ponies!!! They are not gifts, they are friends! Relax and Respect the Vibe Enjoy th Cosmic Sanctuary

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Sunday 29 March 2020
Art Generally, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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Matt Milano sat in a chair and created art as passersbys watched. A chrome blob sat on the asphalt. By staring into it, one could watch the entire fair happening. A silver metal ball floated near the end of the fair. It had metal sparks or flames flowing out of it. Burning man comic book covers were attached to the wall. A colorful letter O was formed from folded paper attached to a wooden stand. Below the O, a Barbie sat with a tray on her lap. A lit heart stood in the center of the fair. It was not lit yet because night was still hours away. A large mural was created using spray paints on a canvas. Two people paused to admire the art.

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Saturday 28 March 2020
Listrikki Barcode Art, As A Form of Art, Artist: Listrikki, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A sign set on the ground next to a mannequin featured a barcode and the words, "Scan Me and Watch Peace Dove Come Alive." A mannequin, wearing a "# Cold Turkey" shirt, sat on the asphalt and smoked a cigarette. A scan of the barcode would show the mannequin asking a question. The mannequin that represented a Peace Dove. If you had scanned the sign with your phone, you were carried to a website that showed the head of the mannequin moving and talking. A sign on the asphalt showed a barcode and below that some text: "Scan Me And Watch Pigheaded Come Alive." A sign on the ground showed a barcode and held the words, "Scan Me And Watch Litter Bug Come Alive."

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Friday 27 March 2020
Burning Man, As A Form of Art, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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The head of the burning man statue was created using a wooden lattice covered in paper. That technique caused the head to resemble a shoji screen. This statue could not be burned near crowds of people. Instead, the base of the statue was surrounded by fake flames. Those flames hid lights used to illuminate the statue at night. This burning man statue was held up using steel guy wires. These wires appeared to echo the wires holding up a power pole in the background. The legs, like the arms, were created by bending thin strips of wood over a central core. Notice that this burning man statue lacked hands.

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Thursday 26 March 2020
"What's Your Inner Sun?", Artist: Ron Moore, As A Form of Art, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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Answers to the question, "What's your Inner Sun?" varied. One read, "People." Whereas another read, "My teenager daughter and her happiness." There were even a few written in idiographic languages. A medium view of one of the hexagonal faces with new construction beyond it. From further away, the answer became harder to read. "Musical Solitude," and ""Projects And Beer." A hand-painted, cardboard sign was wrap-tied to a metal barricade. That sign read, "The Inner Sun.org, What's your Inner Sun?" Each of the rusted, welded-together metal hands had laser etched into it one answer for the question, "What's your Inner Sun?"

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Wednesday 25 March 2020
Watercolor Metamorphoses, Artist: Edi Hsu, As A Form of Art, At The 2019 Burning Man Decompression Party, Old Power Station, San Francisco, California

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A closer look at one of the paintings. This showed people gathered around an exhibit at the 2019 Burning Man event. Two signs identified this art, the first read, "www.edihsu.com, @edihsu." The second sign began, "Watercolor Metamorphoses. I painted these at BM 2019 - in the moment - from life, capturing everyone's various stages of progress during the week (and their lives). These are large prints from the original book!" A man wearing an awesome coat walked in front of the art painted on sheets of fabric hung from the cyclone fence. That man stared at his phone, not at the art.

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