Plucking at our heartstrings with equal parts nostalgia, wisdom, and playfulness, this massive owl never failed to enchant Burners of all ages. Nino's vision for MÚCARO reached its final expression when the sculpture was burned in a spectacular nighttime event at the festival, watched by thousands of admirers.
The sculpture's shape and look were a nod to a Puerto Rican owl species and a tribute to Nino's childhood home. In the wake of this year's tragic hurricanes, MÚCARO's spirit lives on, with Nino and his untiring build crew continuing their work as fundraisers and organizers for relief efforts on the island of Puerto Rico.
Tree of Ténéré
The array was driven by custom-designed software running on a Mac OS computer. Onlookers were invited to rest in the tree's shade, climb up its trunk, or simply bask in the ever-changing light show generated by its LED array.
Once all participants attain a relaxed and steady heart rate, Ilumina's stunning light and sound show activates, delivering a powerful aural, visual, visceral, even spiritual experience. It's profound, it's jaw-dropping, it's a really cool merging of technology and art. Check out the video preview below:
Seeing Mayan Warrior on the open playa looking like a majestic war barge, hearing the rhythmic thud of its war drums calling ravers from all quandrants, watching its lasers and flames firing into the sky, one could almost imagine Quetzalcoatl in the heavens, nodding its feathered head in time to the music.
So look for KWF's friends and family in the Deep Playa from time to time. We'll be there, in awe and wonder.