Get to know your Effigy and Temple Leads

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Nico with Helping Hand Art

Helping Hand by Nico Woodward, 2016   Kiwiburn is such a creative community! The designs for both the Effigy and the Temple have been chosen, the details of which will be revealed on the Paddock. Meanwhile, we’ve spoken to the visionaries behind these creations to learn a little more about them and their art.  Congratulations on your submission being chosen. … Read More

Effigy and Temple Announcement!

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Time to get even more excited about Kiwiburn 2020 as the Temple and Effigy designs have been selected. Congratulations to both artists, and thank you to everyone who sent through their ideas. The Effigy is called ‘The Birthing Goddess’ and was submitted by Wellington Burner, Jeanne Dear. And the winning submission for Temple is ‘The Temple of the Future’ as … Read More

Art, Theme Camps and Event Registrations

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Volker Huenert Art Piece KB18 hanging Umbrellas

Photo by Volker Huenert. Artwork by Andy Flint. The elements which make Kiwiburn a Burn are the amazing Art projects, the vibes and tunes coming from Theme Camps and the multitude of hosted events! What would the Paddock be without wondrous light installations, interactive sound art or sculpture that resonates with your mood?; without Theme Camps which engage or inspire, … Read More

The Future of Auckland Burners

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The Giant Weta at Kiwiburn 2017

The Giant Weta on the Paddock in front of the Effigy, Kiwiburn 2017. Photo by Paul Chaffe. The Giant Weta told the tale of what is possible for a larger scale Art project.  Now its conceptual home needs help from you to keep going. Auckland Burners Society Inc. is on the verge of being dissolved unless enough people express interest … Read More

Seed update: a rare sighting of the elusive Karl

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Content warning: FOMO, Karl Burning Seed looms, and we have news from our underground network of spies that this year is going to be Karl. You’ve probably heard of Karl before, you just might not know it yet. Rumours of this likely lad have been spiraling out of control and it makes us wonder… who is Karl, really? A grumbling … Read More

More impressions of Burning Man emerge

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The dust has settled and the Playa has returned to be a desolate, barren landscape. All that remains are memories –here are a few more links to indulge in all things Burning Man 2019: An interesting account of a first time Burner who has entered from one strange world straight into another in ‘Burning Man 2019 Through the Eyes of … Read More

Impressions from Burning Man 2019

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photo courtesy of Diia Bourke   The last of the human inhabitants of what was Black Rock City are busy MOOPing. They are making sure all remnants of the temporary city which annually rises from the dust in the Nevada desert are removed, and the site is returned to the barren landscape it started out as a few weeks ago. … Read More

Goodbye to Anne – Art and Theme Camps Coordinator

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Anne is stepping down as Art and Theme Camps Coordinator Yup, it’s true.  I have been the Art and Theme Camp Coordinator (A&TC) for Kiwiburn since 2012 so I feel qualified to say that this is absolutely the best volunteer job at Kiwiburn. As A&TC, I have been the first person to find out what crazy art and Theme Camps … Read More

Free Money!

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Kiwiburn Art Grant design Poster

Ha, that got your attention, didn’t it? The Art Grants applications deadline is 1 September! There are a number of grants available (Large: over $500, Small: under $500, and Innovation: $800), so hurry and make sure you get some of that moolah in your grubby hands to create, build, enchant and achieve your Kiwiburn dream in 2020. It will literally only … Read More

Effigy. Temple. Effigy. Temple

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Effigy 2018 by Andy Flint. Minotaur built of palettes with horns

Photo of Effigy 2018 by Andy Flint Deadline for Effigy and Temple submissions 1 September Have you ever dreamt of building a thing, sharing it with your fellow Burners on the Paddock and then setting it ablaze? This is your year! Get your Effigy and Temple designs submitted and see your creation come to life. It all starts on the back … Read More

Art Grant application deadline is looming overhead

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Kia ora Decathalonians, this is your friendly reminder to get your Art Grant applications in before 1 September. There are big ones (over $500.00), small ones (under $500.00), some as big as your head! Or an Innovation Grant ($800.00). Grants are assessed on the following points: Interactivity with people and the environment Relevance to theme Wow factor Ingenuity Cost effectiveness … Read More

Are you sitting on your Effigy and Temple designs? Get them in quick smart!

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  Photo by Volker Huenert   Howdy ho, it really is time, and your last chance to submit an EOI for Effigy and/or Temple designs. Make your Big Art Dream a potential reality! For all of the details, click away! Apply to build Temple or apply to build Effigy. You have until Monday 19 August 2019 (oh hey that’s like… a week … Read More

Sneak peek at 2019 Burning Man Art

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Step Forward, a conceptual art project at the 2017 Burning Man by Miguel Angel Martin Bordera with a giant puppet who walks and talks, and interacts with fellow participants. SCOTT LONDON

Photo by Scott London   Not long now! The Golden Spike has been hammered into the ground, which makes the ceremonial beginning of all things Burning Man and Black Rock City 2019. Lots of you are going, lucky sods, so we’re sure you don’t need many reasons to get even more excited (never mind a thinly disguised hint of jealousy … Read More

Final Month for Kiwiburn Art Grants Submissions!

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We’re still calling all artists! (clue: that’s you) Have you got an epic idea for Kiwiburn 2020 and need a little help to make it happen? Art Grants are open until 1 September! It’s been a long time coming, your ideas and dreams have been stewing – now comes the time to collaborate and take action! Get those cogs turning, get … Read More

Meet Kali – Event Manager for Kiwiburn 2020

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head shot of Kali Zahira, Kiwiburn Event Manager 2020. 3/4 pose, smiling, black and white, long dark hair, wearing a white shirt.

In our series to introduce you to some of the behind-the-scene volunteers who help make Kiwiburn happen, we would like to introduce to you to… drumroll please… Kali, who is our brand-new Event Manager, a freshly created position for Kiwiburn 2020. However, Kali is not new to Kiwiburn, nor are the skills that she contributes. Kali has attended seven Kiwiburns, volunteering … Read More

Art at Kiwiburn

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Every artist was first an amateur - quote from Ralph Walso Emerson

We thought we would give this Fencepost a bit of an artistic vibe, given the recent release of Art Grants and the call out for Effigy and Temple designs. We know that you peeps are amazingly creative, out-of-the-box thinking, artistically gifted individuals, so for the more reluctant of you, we want to tease out your inner artisan. Have you thought about … Read More

Bringing Art from afar to Burning Man

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The Giant Weta by Cliff Baise, 2016

  The Giant Weta, by Cliff Baise In 2016, a group of plucky Kiwis thought it would be fun to bring some locally inspired art to the Playa at Black Rock City in Nevada, USA. So they designed and built a Giant Weta, because why not? What better way to introduce international Burners to the culture and fauna of New … Read More

Call out for Effigy and Temple designs for Kiwiburn 2020

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Temple of Perennial Bloom Kiwiburn 2018

Photo by BJ Wilson   CALL FOR KIWIBURN 2020 EFFIGY AND TEMPLE DESIGNS! The largest art pieces on the Paddock are created by passionate Kiwiburners like you. Do you have an idea? And a hankering to build large art? Make your ideas a reality – Kiwiburn is receiving Expressions of Interest (EOI) for both the Temple and Effigy crew managers. … Read More

Kiwiburn Art Grants are NOW OPEN!

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Kiwiburn Art Grant design Poster

Calling all artists! (clue: that’s you) Have you got an epic idea for Kiwiburn 2020 and need a little help to make it happen? Well, today is your lucky day! Art Grants are now open! It’s been a long time coming, your ideas and dreams have been stewing – now comes the time to collaborate and take action! Get those cogs … Read More

Eclectic Decade winning poster design

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Kiwiburn 2020 Eclectic Decade winning poster design, by Erika Pearce

Wow! We had the most ever entries for the poster competition (six) this year which made for tough decision making for the Kiwiburn Arts Committee (KAC). It was super close, and the winner is Erika Pearce. Thanks to everyone who entered the competition, and to the KAC team!   Erika talks about her poster design: “I felt very inspired by … Read More