The life size MOUSE TRAP, the HAUNTED BARN and HEAVY PEDAL CYCLECIDE, present the COUNTY UNFAIR! Come on out to the BARN and experience surreal country living INSIDE San Francisco’s city limits! See the MOUSETRAP and CYCLECIDE’S pedal powered CARNIVAL rides in action! Walk the MIDWAY and play real CARNY GAMES! Pet real wild animals or compete for prizes in our very own LUMBER JACK SPORTS competition! .YES!! Folks get your team together for AXE THROWING and the LOG CROSS CUT RACE!!
DON’T miss this chance to gorge your self in a HOT DOG PIE-eating contest, or put your money on a square for a game of CHICKEN SHIT BINGO! Why hell! For one buck you can even have a roll in the hay with the farmers daughter! Old favorites like the GOLF BALL SHOOTING RANGE, and the BAR will be in operation!hellip. So y’all just come on out now!..
photo by Scott Beale
Bay Area sculptor David Best, who is known for his elaborate art cars and the magnificent temples that he creates at Burning Man, has just completed the construction of a temple in the new Hayes Green area of San Francisco. It is located on Octavia between Hayes and Fell Streets and will be in place until mid-September. David built his temple with support from The San Francisco Arts Commission and The Black Rock Arts Foundation, which is the non-profit arm of Burning Man. Here’s the press release from Mayor Gavin Newsom’s office.
The sculpture, along with the Octavia Boulevard Replacement Project and the Hayes Green underscores San Francisco’s commitment to sustainable, livable cities and is being installed in conjunction with World Environment Day. The sculpture will be in place from late May until mid-September. The Arts Commission has joined with the Black Rock Arts Foundation to launch this project. The mission of the Black Rock Arts Foundation is to support and promote community-based interactive art. The collaboration will create a public/private partnership that will bring more temporary public art to San Francisco.
Photo Gallery: David Best Hayes Green Temple
photo by Scott Beale
Last week I mentioned ScrapHouse, a collaborative art project that was constructed in San Francisco’s Civic Center. I just went down there today to see it in person and it’s really beautiful. They did a great job putting it all together with wonderful combinations of non-standard building materials and scrap. Here’s a gallery of the photos I shot today.
If you haven’t seen it yet, you still have time, but you better make it quick, because it all comes down this Monday, June 6th.
Photo Gallery: ScrapHouse
Here are some amazing photos of the Royal de Luxe Parade.
The link is a series of pictures of a parade that happened earlier this month in Nantes in France. This year is the 100th year anniversary of Jules Vernes the writer of “Around the world in 80 days”, and the parade was inspired by one of his stories that he wrote.
The crew that designed the parade is “Royal de Luxe” and has been making major street performance such as this one for the past 20 years. Make sure to zoom in some of the pictures to see the details of the constructions…
I found quite a few more photos on Flicker of this incredible parade.
photo: Guillaume Gautie
So, it’s official, Laughing Squid is going to Gnomedex 5.0.
Gnomedex is a 3 day web technology event organized by Chris Prillo that takes place June 23-25 in Seattle. I first met Chris back at Webzine 2000. At the time, we was living in Iowa running his blog Lockergnome, which is where the “gnome” in Gnomedex comes from. Maybe I can talk Chris into coming out to San Francisco in September to join us again at Webzine 2005.
The primary focus of Gnomedex is blogging, podcasting and other forms of online publishing and distribution. If you are not familiar with podcasting, it’s a way of distributing audio files through RSS, which then can be downloaded and played on a portable mp3 player (ie. iPod, hence the name podcast). Gnomedex is a big event in the podcasting world, in fact last year’s Gnomedex was one first places that bloggers were introduced to podcasting. Now a year later it has become a really big deal and major media outlets, like ABC, are starting to offer their own podcasts. At this year’s Gnomedex, two of the pioneers of podcasting, Dave Winer and Adam Curry, are the keynote speakers.
Gnomedex 5.0 image via podbat
HostingCon 2005 takes place next week, June 6th & 7th, in Chicago and Laughing Squid will be there to check it out. The last time there was convention specifically for web hosting was in Washington DC back in 2001 when the now defunct Web Hosting Magazine had their Web Hosting Expo. This must be a sure sign that Web 2.0 is in full swing if is possible to once again have a convention with the sole focus on web hosting. A lot has happened since we started our little side project in 1998 to help fund our operations and make it easier for people to have an online presence.
It’s only natural that our old friend capitalism would eventually find its way to Burning Man. First there was Black Rock Hardware, which setup shop in Gerlach a couple of years ago, now you can do all of your Black Rock City shopping online with Playazon, “Your On-Line Source for that Burning Sensation”. Maybe a “Hands-Free” Merkin Flashlight (with two blinking “lure” modes) would make a great gift that special gal.
Beyond the “normal” items, Playazon also has things like DIY Art Car Kits so you can turn your regular car into an art car and Playazon Domestic Services to help make your visit to Burning Man more comfortable.
After a hard night of drugs, dancing and trying to score, who wants to come back to a tent that looks like an abandoned thrift shop in the Sahara? Let our Tidy Tent Squad know where you are camped and they will drop by to shake out your sheets, bag your dirty laundry and leave a Playazon Sweet Dreams Tropical Chocolate under you pillow. By appointment only through the Burning Man Gift Shop. Payment and GPS coordinates required at time of order.
Chicken John and a bunch of artists have been working with the City of San Francisco on ScrapHouse, a project to build an entire house out of salvaged materials in the Civic Center Plaza. ScrapHouse is part of United Nations: World Environment Day 2005 and it will be free and open to the public from Thursday, June 2 through Sunday, June 5, 2005, 10am – 8pm. Here’s the full press release.
Over the course of just six weeks, an eclectic team of volunteers scoured Bay Area dumps and scrap yards, often discovering unused materials with the price tags still affixed. A group of architects, interior designers, landscape architects, lighting specialists, and metal fabricators gave these materials new life and ScrapHouse its final shape. Based on their design, ScrapHouse has all the amenities of a traditional American home: a kitchen, a bathroom, two bedrooms, a deck, and beautifully landscaped yard. The design is intentionally bold: an L-shaped layout, with a mezzanine-level bedroom, and a roof inverted like the wings of a butterfly.
Still, what is most intriguing about ScrapHouse is the creative use of previously discarded materialsâ€”most of which were destined for the landfill. On one wall, 500 old phonebooks, stacked vertically, provide both insulation and texture. Another roomâ€™s floor is tiled with leather scraps, leftover from upholstery jobs. For landscaping, day-old flowers from local outlets surround the house in hundreds of tiny vases cut from garden hoses, which protrude from the green grass lawn.