Wherein I have great fun creating one small part of a very large thing, with much help, plus I inadvertently court controversy

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Faux 1920s candy for a silent movie palace on wheels. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

I am fortunate to count myself among the artists, craftsfolk, cat-herders and random miscreants of Five Ton Crane, the Oakland-based artist cooperative behind such crazy jumbo immersive Burning Man installations as the Steampunk Treehouse, the Raygun Gothic Rocketship and Storied Haven.

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The Steampunk Treehouse (2007), the Raygun Gothic Rocketship (2009) and Storied Haven (2015). Pics by John Tupper, John Maffei and Sara Chieco (respectively).

Last year, 5TC landed a plum commission: the creation of an original installation for the Smithsonian Institution’s “No Spectators: The Art of Burning Man” exhibition (now playing in Washington DC!). …

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