Man 2004 - Vault of Heaven
August 30 -
year at Burning Man, the Gods brought a wind
sculpture called "Cosmos" made by Royce Carlson. It
was set up in the 9:00 Plaza during the event. Here's a picture
of it before it got covered with dust:
"Cosmos" is approximately 20 feet tall and 12
feet in diameter around the base. The hemispheres are sheathed
in brightly colored Spandex. They spin around the vertical axis with the
wind. The sphere below is
turned by the motion of the wind catchers above. Each level of
the wind catchers is on separate bearings so that the wind spins them in alternating directions. The
whole thing is made out of welded steel sections that bolt
together. The axle is 1" diameter cold-rolled steel. The wind
catchers are attached to a 2 1/2" diameter steel pipe containing
ball bearings and thrust bearings.
January 29, 2005 - I set up COSMOS in front of my welding shop.
The next night it snowed. See a picture of
COSMOS in the snow.