These unicorns helped keep Burning Man weird - Brooklyn


Sep. 9, 2015 9:51 am

These unicorns helped keep Burning Man weird

The glow-in-the-dark, talking 'corns helped offset Katy Perry and steak tartare.

Adelle Lin rides an early version of Lovely, a robotic unicorn bound for Burning Man.

(Courtesy photo)

Loquacious and Lovely made it!

The two unicorns, brainchild of Brooklyn and upstate N.Y.-based artists Adelle Lin and Sophi Kravitz, made it from the kernel of an idea, to a project in a warehouse, a successful Kickstarter campaign, and on down the rails to the Black Rock Desert of Nevada.

Burners were able to ride the two ‘corns, which also had speakers that emitted sound from their underbellies. Lin and Kravitz lined up DJs to spin on the unicorns while people rode them, and also poets to speak through the unicorns.

This year, Burning Man came under some criticism for being co-opted by a growing cadre of wealthy tech and entertainment industry people. The New York Times had an article this week, “At Burning Man, the Tech Elite One-Up One Another.”

In recent years, the competition for who in the tech world could outdo who evolved from a need for more luxurious sleeping quarters. People went from spending the night in tents, to renting R.V.s, to building actual structures.

Even Katy Perry made an appearance at the money and WiFi-free festival, posting a video to Instagram that looks like a very rejected Mad Max scene:

??obvious first time burner alert??


A video posted by KATY PERRY (@katyperry) on

But if the festival has become played-out recently, there is still real stuff happening in there. Lin and Kravitz made a cool piece of work for no reason other than to share it with people.

“I like when people interact with the artwork but also make friends with each other or fall in love,” Kravitz said recently. “I’ve seen that happen once. Art that you’re actually bouncing on or interacting with in some way does seem to break down barriers in some way and allow people to more easily talk to each other.”

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