Reconnecting with the Land and Ourselves
Throughout the year, people came to Gerlach to create a center for Burning Man culture that sparks inclusive growth, supports our Nevada neighbors, and advances the goal of getting Black Rock City off fossil fuels.
COMMUNITY PROJECTS IN NORTHERN NEVADA
The 360, our makerspace property outside of Gerlach, will provide storage and workshop space for Black Rock City teams, creative projects, and theme camps.
We piloted an in-person community learning program. The Gerlach Workforce Development Center (GWDC) hosted three semesters offering classes on solar power, inclusive growth, welding and more.
Nevada’s Newest Desert Art Gallery
In 2022 we placed eight art installations throughout the Gerlach area and partnered with Washoe County to make The 360 the future final stop on the Washoe County ArTrail.
“Seeing all that art out there will inspire, but also just get hearts racing a bit.”
~ Lisa Ferguson, co-creator of “Gilded” by Mr. and Mrs. Ferguson (Burning since 2006)
“Welcome to the vacant heart of the Wild West.”~ UNKNOWN
A Hub for Burning Man Culture and Community
Through events, work weekends, and collaboration with volunteers, we’ve created systems that support year-round community participation on Fly Ranch.
As a summary for the past year, we had:
- 60 – 250 weekly visitors for 32 weeks
- 148 cows grazed
- 51 Nature Walks
- Weekly Labyrinth walks
- 150+ Guardians shifts
- 8 Stewardship Weekends, BWB Summit, and LAGI campout
- 1 new art piece installed: “Fly Ranch Pyrg” by Gray Davidson and Majorelle Arts
We’re grateful to the Fly Guardians who camp at the springs and help preserve critical habitat at Fly.
Prototyping with Land Art Generator Institute (LAGI) Finalists
LAGI 2020 Fly Ranch was a design challenge to create the foundational infrastructure of Fly Ranch. The top finalist, Lodgers, produced an immersive experience at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an expo at the Lisbon Architecture Triennale. In spring, LAGI finalists gathered for a campout at Fly Ranch to develop prototypes.
“I can’t possibly describe the feeling of starting with nothing but a bare patch of land and 15 friends, some of whom you never met before, learning together how to design and create and connect with the Earth and each other, achieving something just on this side of impossible.”
~ Colin O’Donnell, SEED project lead and LAGI finalist