Thursday, September 6, 2012

Playing In Traffic

image and explanation from Oddity Central see more images there.

The Big Rig Jig is an art masterpiece conceived and designed by famous artist Mike Ross and it was put together from two repurposed 18-wheel tanker trucks. As you can imagine it took an entire team of people and machinery to build The Big Rig Jig and set it in place. It was featured at The Burning Man Festival in 2007.

Wiki says:
Burning Man is a week-long annual event held in the Black Rock Desert in northern Nevada, in the United States. The event begins on the last Monday in August, and ends on the first Monday in September, which coincides with the American Labor Day holiday. The 2012 Burning Man Festival is August 27 to September 3. It takes its name from the ritual burning of a large wooden effigy on Saturday evening. The event is described by many participants as an experiment in community, art, radical self-expression, and radical self-reliance. Burning Man is organized by Black Rock City, LLC. In 2010, 51,515 people attended Burning Man. 2011 attendance was capped at 50,000 participants and the event sold out on July 24. In April 2011, Larry Harvey announced that the organization had begun the process of transitioning management of the festival over to a new non-profit called the "Burning Man Project".

Mike Ross is an American sculptor known for large scale public art projects. Ross is a graduate of Stanford University.

Ross' best known work, "Big Rig Jig", consisted of two modified tanker trucks attached to each other vertically in an S shape, with a truss installed in the tanks that allowed people to climb inside. The piece was built at American Steel, an art fabrication shop in Oakland, California. It was commissioned by the Black Rock Arts Foundation for Burning Man in 2007, and was considered one of the highlights of the event. It toured to the Coachella Music Festival in 2008. Ross described the work as a commentary on America's unsustainable oil economy.

In 2008 Ross was hired by Sound Transit, Seattle, Washington's light rail agency, to design a sculpture for the Capitol Hill Station of its University Link project. Ross' design, featuring two fighter jets sliced and rearranged to appear as if they are kissing, created some controversy among members of the local community who objected to its use of military aircraft.

Playing In Traffic

Dancing down the fog
line, playing in large traffic,
the tractors, trailers
that zoom past your house
on the Interstate - I've come
through the fence to reach
these fascinations.

The big rigs pile air in front
and vacuum up dust
behind as they roar
so near my tangled head games,
my crazed heart's demand.

May 9, 2010 10:22 AM
modified September 6,2012

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