By Bixyl Shuftan
From Friday January 29 to Sunday January 31 at Midnight, the 2021 "Winter Burn took place. For those not familiar, it is a spinoff event of the Burn2 art and music festival, which itself is a virtual reflection of the yearly Burning Man festival in real life in Black Rock Nevada.
The theme this year was "Bubblegum and Duct Tape." As their website would state, "Burners are endlessly creative, sometimes irreverent, wildly expressive. But this time, we mean to inject a bit of light-heartedness into this theme ... When you ponder this theme, think about what makes things stick together, if it helps. Love, support, respect, chain, a guy rope, tie, wire, clasp, screws, nails, bandage, cord, harness ... and of course, Bubble Gum and Duct Tape."
The day before on Thursday, the Playa was open a bit early for the "Burn2 Unplugged" music event.
From 11 AM to after 9PM, various musicians such as Gypsy Dhura played for the crowd.
Dropping in on Sunday, it looked like there was an off-season "burning of The Man," judging by the embers.
Artist Moya Patrick (Moya Janus), whom the Newser wrote about earlier in the month, was there.
Moya was among the artists with an exhibit there. Talk about getting tied up by one's work.
On the stage and dance floor in the middle of the sim, DJs were playing to crowds, the people either just listening or dancing away.
Among the staff and Burn2 rangers were iSkye Silverweb and Slatan Dryke.
Looking around, there were a number of exhibits.
Near one, I found a balloon.
Using it was a matter of hopping in ...
Lighting up the torch ...
And then up, up, and away.
I got a good look at some places from above.
A glance from above at the Burn2 entry area.
One exhibit had a house.
Called "The Bubble Gum House," inside were some appropriate phrases on the all, and some freebies one could pick up.
This artist was "On a roll."
A "mutant vehicle" rezzer.
The day after the Burn, I dropped in for a few pictures, and I saw some of the staff relaxing, enjoying a game of "guess the word on the chalkboard." It was an easygoing evening after a busy weekend.
That's all for now, at least until the Burnal Equinox.