Burn With Me at the Trash Fence


As my gift/art project for Burning Man this year I created a book. The book is a collection of Valentine’s Day cards and words of affection. It contains few words and a lot of empty space. There is a lot of room to write in it.

You can read more about the book itself here.

I brought several of these books to the Playa. Most of them I gave away, but a few of them I left in places where people could find them. One of these places was Point 3 – as far away from the entrance to the city as it’s possible to get without climbing over the trash fence.

I left the book there on the night of the Friday before the event started, and I picked it up again on Saturday before the burn – a little over a week later.

The book comes with a pen attached to it to encourage people to write in it, and they did. I wasn’t entirely sure what to do with the book once I’d picked it up.

Is it fair to the people who wrote to share their words without their permission?

I don’t quite know, but I figure if they wanted to keep their words for themselves, they wouldn’t have written them down in a place where others could find them and read them.

So, here it is. These pictures are of the pages of the copy of Burn With Me that I left at the trash fence at Burning Man 2016.

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