CAMP ART AND EVENTS

Each year we witness the awe inspiring work ranging from local to international artists at the event - magnanimous sculptures, live performances, simple installations or paintings. Art and events are the also the backbone of our community at Whiskey & Dust. Below are some of our camp's past and present offerings.  Click here to see more details on broader arts and events at Burning Man, beyond Whiskey & Dust.

Whiskey Tastings and Bar Art

Okay, it is right there in the name! We are primarily a Whiskey Bar and we offer some of the finest whiskey on the playa! Unless you are a douche, then you get served Fireball or some shit like that. Come on by and hang at the bar or attend one of our Whiskey Tasting events. Just be prepared for shenanigans to ensue while you are here.  

WHERE
In 2024, the Whiskey and Dust bar will be a bar within Golden Guy Alley rather than a stand alone camp, and camp members will instead be a support camp for two Mutant Vehicles,  "Ma'am: The Mammoth" and "Fredrick the Nautilaus."  This will be something a little different for Whiskey and Dust, but be sure to come see us in Golden Guy Alley - same great whiskeys and saucy booze slingers, just a different locale. We will resume our regularly scheduled program in 2025.

Morning Yoga

We are a whiskey camp with a little yoga problem. Daily morning yoga classes are designed to check movement, alignment, and intentions. All ability levels are welcome. Bring your own mat. Come for the yoga, stay for the whiskey!

WHERE

Because Whiskey & Dust will operate its bar in Golden Alley in 2024, there will be no yoga for the first time since we began in 2005. Don't get down, dog, yoga will be returning in 2025.

Bubble Street Lights

By Whiskey and Dust Members - 2018 through 2023

Ever wander down a dark street front? Well not at Whiskey and Dust. Our 4 whimsical street lights are 13 feet tall with 10 LED color changing globes. We invite you to act out your dream of being a clandestine spy, or a private eye on the case of a murder, or just let their lovely glow light your way as you journey our Black Rock Streets.   

WHERE

Resting at Whiskey and Dust home base in Denver for 2024; returning in 2025


Burnopoly

By Whiskey and Dust Members - 2018 through 2023

An Interactive Art Installation, this W&D art installation features little Burnopoly houses decorated by our camp members, and inspired by our old "Donner Estates" Mini Houses which have been retired. 

Come roll the giant dice and play Burnopoly! The squares are named for various Burning Man camps,
famed locations, and Burning Man's 10 Principles. Each square has a fun action to perform! Some will keep the game rolling and some will send you off on an adventure! Roll the dice to learn where Burnopoly will lead you.

WHERE

Resting at Whiskey and Dust home base in Denver for 2024; returning in 2025



The Mushroom Patch

By Butch Kanter 

This lovable, whimsical vehicle built by Butch Kanter, features 5 mushrooms (largest cap being 5 feet in diameter) on a converted Geo Metro base covered in soft fur. All the mushrooms sequence LED lights in various patterns to make it quite visible at night, as well as a LED strip at the base. Outfitted with speakers and a base, music can be heard streaming from this vehicle as it wanders around.

Additionally, regular updates to the vehicle both in 2016 and 2014 have enhanced the integrity of all aspects of the vehicle as the desert is a harsh environment.

WHERE

This art car is taking a year off in 2024.
(Note: Jumping onto a moving vehicle can be dangerous. Please signal the driver to stop to board.)

Ma'am: The Mammoth

By Nick DeWold & Harvie Branscomb 

"Ma'am: The Mammoth," a bicycle powered Mutant Vehicle built on an aluminum bicycle powered chassis for four bikes with skull, tusks and ribs made of laminated rigid insulation foam, was designed by Nick DeWolf and Harvie Branscomb, in Aspen, Colorado in the dawn of time. Nick was inspired by the Piltdown Man, the false missing-link hoax, and the Columbian mammoth skeleton found in the Black Rock Desert, which can be seen in the Paleontological Museum of Winnemucca.  

This group collaboration was built and rebuilt by many friends of the Ma'am, including Eric Ringsby, who served as all purpose volunteer and financial contributor. Nick DeWolf passed away April 2006, and now Harvie Branscomb and Yayoi Wakabayashi carry on the Ma'am legacy.

WHERE

This art car can be seen at Whiskey and Dust Mutant Vehicle Camp in 2024, its chosen home base since 2015, or wandering the desert during the event.
(Note: Jumping onto a moving vehicle can be dangerous. Please signal the driver to stop to  board.)

Fredrick the Nautilus

No Entry From Behind

By Camp Members 2019

Our unique camp layout in 2019 prompted the creation of this gorgeous (and functional) piece of camp art in keeping with the theme decor of our long-established bar, bar furniture, and our annual camp logos (created by camp artisit Marie Vlasic), which have appeared on stickers, temporary tattoos, and camp signage.

Leg Wrestling

Hand Jobs

Soldier's Cross

By Jack Butler & Jerry Vanhoosen- 2017

The Soldiers/Battle cross, consisting of a rifle inverted between a pair of combat boots and topped by a helmet, is a powerful image to those persons who have served in the armed forces. It evolved from the practice of marking a burial place of a soldier who had fallen in combat and could not be extricated because of the remoteness of the location or requirements of battle. The rifle is topped with their helmet and possibly their dog tag for identification, in hope that the soldier’s body could be later recovered and buried with military honors.  

Regardless of the conflict or country, the willingness of our military members to put their lives at risk and in some cases pay the final price is one of the highest honorable acts in our society. Soldiers do not get to choose to go to war, they are ordered and carry out those orders. Whether in times of war or in peace, those who volunteer often sacrifice youth, relationships, physical and mental health to serve.  Those most affected deal with the terrors and rigors of combat and when required apply the oath between soldiers of never leaving a comrade on the battlefield, a code as old as conflict itself.

The weight of that promise can be very heavy. Scars and emotions suppressed and carried can shape and profoundly effect a person’s life. The inability to save a life or the necessity to take a life will each leave their mark. The myriad energy of the acts committed or seen is a burden borne by too many. Suppression of the pain in order to continue is part of the soldiers burden.

This project was neither intended nor designed with the intent to celebrate war, violence or the loss that results from it. This project was placed in the Temple of Burning Man in hope that  suffering would be lessened., that the release of the energy of pain could occur in this safe place. that one could leave the memory of comrades fallen, trauma endured.  You promised to never leave them and never forget. You have brought them home. Participants were invited to write something and place it in the box provided - whether it is the name of a lost comrade, an event you wish to no longer be affected by, or anything you have been carrying which you would like to release. Remembrances of friends and family as well as gratitude to those members of your society who have sacrificed for what we all enjoy are invited to be left as well. Every note written was burned with the temple and with them, the energy and pain hopefully lessened the giver's burden, and allowed healing to begin.

WHERE

Placement in temple, 2017.




Donner Trail Estates

By Whiskey and Dust Members - 2005 through 2016

BRC first and only suburban subdivision. Live once again the American dream of gentrified minimalistic housing before it was popular. Amenities include street side location to watch all the fun, lawn service, picket fence installment, solar lights, personal mailbox, activities and bar service at the main office. Sorry, no hot tubs!

(Note: Houses are occupied by camp members during the event. Please knock and ask to see inside.)

WHERE

Whiskey and Dust retired the Donner Train Estates to make place for new art and interaction.



The Bathroom Wall

By Kent Ward and Tonda Phalen- 2012

This in-camp art piece was imagined by Kent and Tonda and created at the 2012 Burn It was designed to be interactive on many levels with visitors to the Whiskey and Dust camp.

The Bathroom Wall included a condom dispenser with gratis custom W&D condoms designed by Tonda, as well as a take or leave adult magazine library.

Additional gifts available to visitors of the Bathroom Wall were W&D postcards created by Tonda using images she previously photographed at Burning Man, and also W&D temporary tattoos from a design created by camp artist Marie Vlasic.

Visitors were encouraged to participate with the art by leaving graffiti on the walls, and were given some special love with an inspirational mirror that provided positive affirmations and lit up at night to throw visitors into a special glow. 


WHERE

Whiskey and Dust. Year 2012. The art piece was ultimately burned. The popular W&D postcards made a return in 2016, with new images created by Tonda, and were distributed that year directly from the W&D bar.  To view postcards, click here.

Black Rock Portrait Project

By Marie Vlasic - 2011

"The Black Rock Portrait Project" is an ongoing series of oil paintings biased on photographs taken by the artist (and with assistance from other photographers in 2011) at the Burning Man festival. These paintings have also been published as a print collection. For more information on the project on the book, please visit: The Black Rock Portrait Project at  https://vlasicstudio.com/blackrock-portraitproject

WHERE

Marie Vlasic Studios