Winter Burn was such a GREAT time! Now we've cleaned up and we're ready to think about the next event: Burnal Equinox, which marks the time approximately midway - YES! We're almost halfway to the next Octoburn event!
These are some themes we've used in past years:
Eyes to the Skies
Between the Stars
H2O = Water but H2+O -> Fire
Sacred & Profane
Picnic on the Playa
Hotter Than Air
These are some theme ideas that didn't get selected in past events. Perhaps you want to suggest one of these?
Room Temperature Burning
THEMES SUBMITTED SO FAR (click below to read descriptions)
Floating in the night sky drifting along the eather between stars and perhaps realities. To dance and build in the impossiable space that is the out there. The space that is THOUGHT & IDEA. And then making the magick into something that all can see and share.
In Second Life and other virtual worlds such as the 3D world of GTA5/GTA Online, we see that even the ugliest things can be rendered beautifully, with painstaking attention to detail. An unprepossessing house can nevertheless be beautiful in its stark ugliness; ugly weeds have their intricate patterns; the least attractive animals fulfill their destiny as part of their ecosystems; even a littered back alley can find beauty as an essential part of a thriving city.
Fractal along with space could make some interesting design ideas.
Desserts in the Desert & Play on the Playa
Word play to fuel the imagination We all like food and we all have fun and Burn is in the Desert - exotic ? , Desert themes , fun , entertaining guests .. Title easily expanded upon to include other things maybe?
Liminal: occupying a position at, or on both sides of, a boundary or threshold. "I was in the liminal space between past and present" A liminal space is a transitional in between magical space. These are hallways, stairways, paths, roads, etc Mysterious encounters have been know to happen in these spaces where one is in a transitory state.
Rainbow Connections on the Playa
Colorful displays, showing all the colors of the rainbow and showing how staying connected together and accepting of all differences can make the world a better place.
Florigen: A Flowering at Burn2 Equinox
Have You Ever Wondered... How do plants know when to flower? Why don't all plants flower at the same time? Why do scientists want to know how plants know when to flower? Different plants thrive at different times of the year, since they each have individualized needs for sunlight, precipitation, and other important factors. This is why not all plants bloom on the first day of spring. Instead, they bloom at the times when they will have the best chance to survive and thrive. When those photoreceptor proteins tell the plant that it's time to bloom, the plant sets in motion a molecular process that will result in flowers blooming. Specifically, the plants begin to produce a protein called Flowering Locus T in their leaves. The protein then travels to the tips of shoots, where it undergoes molecular changes that spur cells to begin to form flowers. Scientists now believe that Flowering Locus T is the elusive “florigen" Russian scientists speculated about almost 100 years ago. https://www.wonderopolis.org/wonder/how-do-plants-know-when-to-flower
Of Gods & Kings
For as long as there has been time there have been rulers. Sometimes cruel and vengeful, sometimes benevolent, but always they seek to be the greatest. We celebrate all that is palatial, sumptuous, resplendent, lavish, stately and grandiose. From the Gods of Greece, to the Pyramids of Egypt and the Castles of Europe, our rulers have left their mark. Walk among the statues, ruins, palaces, colosseums and banquet halls, many so epic they outlasted their makers by centuries. Marvel at the monuments to power and influence, sometimes the spoils of war, sometimes steeped in the blood and sweat of slaves, that are part of human heritage. Read, think and mull the perennial questions of hierarchy in society and explore if ultimate power corrupts all those it touches?
Half of One, Six Twelfths of the Other
Burnal Equinox celebrates that we are at about the midpoint between Octoburn events. How much difference does time cause, or how does it influence our perspectives on things? One half, six twelfths (12 months in a year). Half done, half unfinished, that pause midway to see what passed and what is ahead.
One World=One Burn
Bringing the world together under one banner of peace, love, and burns. Inclusiveness of all cultures, heritages, and communities.
Janus on the Playa
In ancient Roman religion and myth, Janus is the god of beginnings, gates, doorways, and endings (amongst other things). He is usually depicted as having two faces. Janus presided over the beginning and ending of conflict, and hence war and peace. As a god of transitions, he had functions pertaining to birth and to journeys. Janus frequently symbolized change and transitions such as the progress of past to future, from one condition to another, from one vision to another, and young people's growth to adulthood. He represented time because he could see into the past with one face and into the future with the other. Hence, Janus was worshipped at the beginnings of the harvest and planting times, as well as at marriages, deaths and other beginnings. He represented the middle ground between barbarism and civilization, rural and urban space, youth and adulthood. The Burnal Equinox is the midway time. It is almost halfway between the burns, and it allows us to reflect back on the past as well as look towards the future. I think our builders could do some interesting things with gates and doors, beginnings and endings. And I'm sure those creating the effigy to be burned could come up with something fun to burn!
If you like any of the themes that we have not used yet or any of those that have been submitted above, suggest them! The planning committee will review the submissions at the Thursday night (16th of February) and Sunday morning (19th of February) meetings to choose this year's Burnal Equinox theme.
You can also suggest ideas of your own! What shall we do this year?
DEADLINE: 15th February 2023! Send in your ideas ASAP!