The Courtyard itself is a place to delight in the various
art bikes and art cars that are resident in Exploratoirum. The famous Lizard (or Robot Dog), Chopper,
Squidd, Xanadu, The Bitch, Wheelie Bike, Sunny, Gorilla, and the Storm Cruiser
are some of these wild machines. Mutant
Vehicles such as the Exploratorium, Burning Cloud Lounge, and Frog also call
Hammocks hang between palm trees in the Courtyard to provide
a comfy place to crash day and night.
Around the perimeter of the Courtyard is camped a few of the characters
of Inspiratum including Jay and his guitar which is capable of taming wild beasts,
Captain Chuck’s garage which is a common meeting place when work needs to be
done of all sorts.
The Dead Pirate Lounge sits in the shade as ten unique
chairs around a round table where people are welcome to plant for awhile and
engage in solitude or socialization.
Beyond the Lounge is Zoom Zoom’s Kitchen where everything is ready to
prep some food or get a drink.
ToR’s Tower rises above the Courtyard as an icon in the
air. 18’ off the ground is a Penthouse
Lounge for overlooking the Playa day and night. A cable couch lift elevates visitors to the Penthouse for this
unique experience. A roof protects from
sun during the day along with a battery of misters that rains a cool mist. Above the penthouse rises the signal
tower. At 38’ above the ground is the
signaling device for the Exploratorium.
Beyond ToR’s Tower and into camp is an eclectic mix of shade
structures, interactive art, and creative people of all sorts. A trip through this camp is much like
touring a zoo and an art gallery at the same time.
Inspiratum Mission Statement
Inspiratum – Derived from Inspirat (inspiration) and –tum (derived
from or as a result of), a place void of politics where the mind is free to be
inspired from the work, the ambition, and the creative acts of others. Inspiratum is the Flux that surrounds the camp,
an invisible goo of inspirational energy that leaks through your eyes and ears
and inserts that thought in your head, “That is cool, I want to build ______”
or , “I want Storm to paint my body tonight.”
Inspiratum is a place for individuals to gather and
collectively share their art, their engineering, their creativity, their
spirit, and their space. Inspiratum is
a demonstration of the power of liberty and freedom and all that results from
What is not found in Inspiratum is Camp Fees, Camp Politics,
Camp Meetings, Camp Obligations, Group Food, or obligation to cater to others.
The way this works and the only way such a camp may
peacefully exist is through the contribution of the inhabitants. These are rugged individuals who have joined
the camp knowing well that they will be responsible for their own food, their
own cleanliness, and their own happiness.
What is found in Inspiratum are people who truly thrive on
gifting. Someone may cook a big meal
and chose to share it with everyone who happens to be in camp at the time or
someone else may take on the responsibility of setting up a shower, or a
kitchen, or a signal tower. These are
all gifts and should be received as such.
Nobody was asked or told to do these things. If you receive something in Inspiratum it is a result of the
spirit of gifting. Take that morsel,
that beverage, that time on the tower, or that time lounging to appreciate this
collection of individuals and consider what you feel your contribution is.
If this is your year to chill out and relax or if you are a
newbie looking to immerse yourself in the Burn without camp worries you are
welcome too. There are few expectations
in Inspiratum aside from respecting your neighbor and appreciating all that
Inspiratum and its inhabitants have to offer.
The Inspiratum map is tentative at best and is really a
guideline to help with registration.
Fuel has to be reported in certain areas and the tower/courtyard will
certainly be on the corner but other than that it all might change when we get
Placement within the camp will happen much on a first come,
first served basis. If people want a
big chunk of real estate or a specific location they should show up early to
claim it. Camp will fill in fast this year.
CLICK HERE FOR THE FULL SIZE MAP
The Gorilla, the new genius by the eccentric artist, Marek.
The Trike by Marek, shown here in the Chronicle with credit
being stolen by Captain Chuck. There is
no honor among artists.
New for 2004, the Chopper is another Marek creation.
The infamous Squidd by Captain Chuck. Much of this machine was constructed on the
playa and the historical instability is a testament to that.
Dharma’s bike Sunny.
Until the Gorilla arrives in the Esplanade Jungle, the
Lizard reigns supreme. Commonly known
as the ‘Robot Dog’ this kit is available at Wal Mart or via mail order for
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Xanadu, a creation for 2004 is a side by side glitter clad
cruiser that can be steered from either position but needs two people for
stability. Another Captain Chuck
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New for 2006, Jay enters the art bike arena with ‘Wheelie
Exploratorium by Captain Chuck and the Coliseum Elves
Frog, by Mateo
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Burning Cloud Lounge by Zoom Zoom and Nova.
RV’s and Trailers
This list is maintained to make sure that RV’s have street
access for servicing and also to help find room for large vehicles to park.
Zoom Zoom’s 5th wheel
ToR’s Tower is a 40’ erection that rises above camp. At night the signal arms on top pierce
through the night with high intensity LED lights. These arms act as a signal with the arms up whenever the
Exploratorium is out and about, down when the Exploratorium is in camp, and one
up and one down is a signal for the Exploratorium to return to camp.
Glowstick shooters by Jay streak up cables and ring a bell
at the 35’ point of the tower day and night.
This year the lookout deck will become an penthouse lounge
complete with a couch lift.
In the past this tower actually functioned as a water tower,
providing water pressure in camp. That
function has yielded to fancy little 12 Volt pumps but was a primary function
of ToR’s Tower in the day.
Dead Pirate Lounge
A great place to chill out provided by Storm.
Zoom Zoom’s Kitchen
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Zoom Zoom provides this fine facility of culinary creation
for all to enjoy. Please help keep it
clean if you choose to use it.
Jay’s Palm Tree Hammock Experience
Lounge in the hammock in the Inspiratum Courtyard
Under the shadow of ToR’s tower is the Inspiratum
Courtyard. Here, art bikes, palm trees,
mutant vehicles, Burning Man Action figures, and assorted creations cover the
area in Inspiratum goo. Located on a
corner to give the shooters maximum access.
Chop Shop Dome
Storm’s Public Shower of Power
Flying Spaghetti Monster Shrine
This list of facilities are items that have been gifted by
the various contributors. As with all
things in Inspiratum, there is no obligation to bring these resources and no
cost associated with their use. Sincere
appreciation and thanks are always welcome to those who have been generous
enough to take the time and spend the money to make these things happen.
Grid #1 – Captain Chuck’s EU3000, 3000 Watt generator. This grid runs during the day to provide air
conditioning to Captain Chuck, Marek, and Storm. Whenever the grid is up the Tower battery is being charged
also. This generator will run also to
run power tools or at night to provide extra lighting in camp.
Grid #2 – Zoom Zoom’s mega-loud 5000 Watt generator for
heating and cleaning the hot tub. It is
unknown if this unit will return this year.
Grid #3 – No other grids are known at this time but are
certain to exist.
Zoom Zoom puts up a shade structure (20’ x 10’) and an
excellent kitchen equipped with everything needed to get a meal in the
belly. This sort of a group kitchen can
get dirty fast and if you intend to use it you should intend to clean it. Thanks, Zoom Zoom.
A lounge in the sky, take the couch lift up into the ToR’s
Tower Penthouse Lounge for a view of the city and to watch the glowstick
shooters fly. Have someone put a
beverage or two in the hoist and pull it on up.
This section of camp is devoted to keeping the fuels safe
and in the shade.
In Zoom Zoom’s Kitchen is a First Aid Kit in the event there
is a need. There is also a First Aid
Kit aboard the Exploratorium.
Cleaning up during the week
Throughout the week, members of camp should ensure that
their garbage is secure from the wind and picked up. Storm and Captain Chuck will periodically check to make sure that
items in camp are secure and that they will not blow away in the wind.
Clean up after the event
Upon departing, each member of camp is expected to sweep the
entire camp for garbage, performing the well known grid sweep regardless of who
else is in camp. As each departing
camper performs this sweep it should make it easier for each subsequent
departing camper. The goal here is to
leave as little as possible for the last people in camp.
Arrival and Departure
The first members of camp will arrive on Friday before the event. This will allow the weekend for construction
of ToR’s Tower and the Exploratorium.
As people arrive they can check in with Captain Chuck or
Storm or whoever seems to have the most amount of confidence that they know
what is going on and then find a spot.
Reserved spaces will be limited as it seems to bog things down more than
help to secure such spaces.
Departure will likely be in the reverse. As the Tower is the last thing to leave
camp, it will come down on Monday and go home on Tuesday after the event. Everyone is expected to help with camp
cleanup. Yes, this is the one and only
obligation of Inspiratum, indulge yourself in your self reliance by making sure
nobody else has to clean up after you.
This means cleaning up everything in your area regardless of whether you
remember putting it there or not. Don’t
put that obligation on others.
First Aid Kits are located in Zoom Zoom’s Kitchen (behind
the tower) and in the Exploratorium.
Everyone should be aware of the location of the Aid Stations
at 3:00, 6:00, and 9:00.
Common sense safety reigns here. Tent stakes and cables should be clearly marked and keep things
safe for everyone.
A special section of camp will be set aside for fuel
storage. This helps the DPW people to
monitor where the stuff is and whether it is safe. It also gives a central location where we can make sure to
provide shade for containers of fuel such that we don’t have any expansion or