Art Group Plans to Haul Part of Jumbo Jet to Burning Man

A Los Angeles-based entrepreneur is turning part of a jumbo jet into an art installation and plans to haul it to Burning Man, a feat he failed to accomplish last year.

A 75-foot portion of a 747 airplane will be towed 450 miles from California's Mojave Desert to northern Nevada in time for the annual 70,000-person gathering in August, Ken Feldman told the Reno Gazette-Journal (http://on.rgj.com/1X8SpyT).

Feldman's arts nonprofit, the Big Imagination Foundation, has secured the giant plane, and crews are working to gut it and transform the front top half into a work of art.

"The whole point of the foundation is to do insane projects," Feldman said. "If we quit, we sort of defeat the purpose."

The group initially intended the jet to be a "mobile art car" but decided to make it an installation after funding and time limitations kept it from using the whole aircraft.

Feldman said he was inspired by his first Burning Man in 2009, when he saw two bicycles decked with plane fuselages trekking across the playa. Friends and festival attendees have helped with the project's design and construction.

"If I had any idea that it would take this long, I wouldn't do it. I feel like I'm climbing Mount Everest," Feldman said. "The community it's built up around us, though, it's incredible."

Feldman and Big Imagination intended to haul the jet to Burning Man in 2015 but ran into logistical and financial setbacks.

Still, the group hosted a plane-themed installation at the outdoor festival in the Black Rock Desert, about 100 miles north of Reno. Campers dressed as flight attendants and asked people to go through an "insecurity checkpoint," where they received hugs. Participants also were asked to drop off emotional baggage written on a tag.

The experience helped people come to terms with issues in their lives, said Toni Alejandria, who joined the project last year to direct fundraising. "To be a part of something like this, it's tremendous," Alejandria said.

Feldman added the goal is to create a transformative experience for people.

"It's not just a big party," he said.

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Information from: Reno Gazette-Journal, http://www.rgj.com


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Tracy Dot Com: Art Distilled at Art Walk, Suns vs. Biscuits, rock 'n' roll

Tracy Collins, or Tracy Dot Com to her many fans, spotlights her entertainment picks for the upcoming week and weekend.

Jacksonville Suns vs. Montgomery Biscuits, Tuesday-Saturday, Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville. Tickets start at $5.

Come loud, come proud, and help our local boys of summer burn the Biscuits this week! Go to JaxSuns.com and check out all the fun promotions and game highlights, including my favorite, Friday night NAPA Family Fireworks by Dave "Pyrobatman" Batten.

First Wednesday Art Walk, 5-9 p.m. Wednesday, downtown Jacksonville. Free.

This event just keeps getting better and better. June's theme is titled 150 Bold and it is Bold City Brewery's third annual Big John's Apricot Wheat Release Party. There are blocks and blocks of art, music and more.

But I recommend heading to The Jacksonville Landing's Front Porch experience and signing up for incredibly talented artist Adrian Pickett's Art Distilled class. It's $20 and includes all of the art supplies and a whiskey tasting. Visit JacksonvilleArtWalk.com and JacksonvilleLanding.com for info.

R.A.D. Nights, 7-11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Rebounderz. Tickets: $30 per person.

Now that school is out, are your teens looking for new ways to enjoy the summer break? I highly recommend the recently renovated Rebounderz. It's even more fun than ever.

Every Friday and Saturday they can get a personal pan pizza and a drink, plus the choice between three hours of Black Light Jump or the Extreme Fun Bundle, which includes one hour of jump time, a round of laser tag and a round of archery tag. Get details at RebounderzJacksonville.com.

Decades Rewind, Friday-Saturday, Times-Union Center for the Performing Arts. Tickets: $27.50-$44.

There's a whole lot of rock and whole lot of roll in this live performance. Music from the '60s, '70s and '80s includes more than 60 songs and — get this — more than 100 costume changes. The stage production lover in me wants to see what that looks like behind the scenes. But the music lover in me can't wait to see what it looks and sounds like in front of the scenes. Get your tickets at ArtistSeriesJax.org.

Josh Gracin, 6 p.m. Saturday, Mavericks Live. Tickets: $15.

Happy Memorial Day! Celebrate this year by buying tickets to see our favorite United States Marine "American Idol" contestant Josh Gracin take the Mavericks stage on Saturday. This is an all-ages show and tickets can be purchased at MavericksAtTheLanding.com.

Tracy "Dot Com" Collins, Goodwill's vice president of public affairs, is known around the area for her entertainment insight. Her mantra: If you're bored in Jacksonville, it's your own fault.


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Munch, Monet, Michelangelo, and more: High art through a LEGO lens

SEATTLE—We at Ars love a good piece of LEGO design, particularly the fare found at regional fan fests like BrickCon on an annual basis. But while those shows impress with pop-culture references and sprawling towns full of vehicles, spacecraft, ships, and villagers, they don't typically include the kinds of original work or high-art references you'd expect to see at a museum.

Oregon-raised artist Nathan Sawaya, on the other hand, has made art out of LEGOs for years—and shown it off at art galleries across the world since 2007. The artist's latest show, which we caught on its opening weekend in Seattle, continues to revolve around his original creations, which are included in the lower gallery (and will be familiar to anybody who's attended a Sawaya show over the years). But his more recent work has revolved around LEGO recreations of classic paintings and sculptures, which you'll see in this article's upper gallery.

From Monet to Munch, and from Egyptian temples to politically charged Americana, Sawaya's Art of the Brick collection crosses a ton of artistic movements off the LEGO list. You can see all of this and more at the Pacific Science Center until September 11.

Listing image by Sam Machkovech


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