...At night, the city is completely transformed. There is very little “municipal” lighting — the theme camps on the main drag provide most of the lighting and entertainment. One of the most impressive sights was the dragon duel: two huge ex-trucks, completely modified to look like dragons that shoot fire six feet in front of them. These monstrous vehicles go out into the desert at midnight and “duel”, roaring and spitting fire. To make the most dramatic use of the dark everyone covers themselves in glow-sticks or some type of lighting. Weird shapes emerge out of the dark, electrically lit desert apparitions. During the day I had seen a guy on his bike with wings coming out several feet from his handlebars. In the evening I realized, as he came “flying” through the crowd, that he was a dragonfly — the driver had completely disappeared and all you could see was a glowing insect weaving through the people walking around the playa...





© Sheila Masson, 2001


ECHO: Volume 3 Issue 2
Levitz: In the Footsteps of Eurydice * Kassabian: Ubiquitous Listening * Draughon and Knapp: Mahler and the Crisis of Jewish Identity * Musical Perspectives on September 11 * Anne Elise Thomas: Reflections on September 11
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